Predicting Saturated Hydraulic Conductivity by Artificial Intelligence and Regression Models

R. Rezaei Arshad, Gh. Sayyad, M. Mosaddeghi, B. Gharabaghi
2013 ISRN Soil Science  
Saturated hydraulic conductivity (Ks), among other soil hydraulic properties, is important and necessary in water and mass transport models and irrigation and drainage studies. Although this property can be measured directly, its measurement is difficult and very variable in space and time. Thus pedotransfer functions (PTFs) provide an alternative way to predict the Ks from easily available soil data. This study was done to predict the Ks in Khuzestan province, southwest Iran. Three
more » ... . Three Intelligence models including (radial basis function neural networks (RBFNN), multi layer perceptron neural networks (MLPNN)), adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference system (ANFIS) and multiple-linear regression (MLR) to predict the Ks were used. Input variable included sand, silt, and clay percents and bulk density. The total of 175 soil samples was divided into two groups as 130 for the training and 45 for the testing of PTFs. The results indicated that ANFIS and RBFNN are effective methods for Ks prediction and have better accuracy compared with the MLPNN and MLR models. The correlation between predicted and measured Ks values using ANFIS was better than artificial neural network (ANN). Mean square error values for ANFIS, ANN, and MLR were 0.005, 0.02, and 0.17, respectively, which shows that ANFIS model is a powerful tool and has better performance than ANN and MLR in prediction of Ks.
doi:10.1155/2013/308159 fatcat:f2smyjmhxfaqpnrgg52kuwtiva