An Evaluation of Mahalanobis-Taguchi System and Neural Network for Multivariate Pattern Recognition

Jungeui Hong
Rajesh Jugulum
Kioumars Paryani
K. M. Ragsdell, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Genichi Taguchi
Elizabeth A. Cudney, Missouri University of Science and Technology

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The Mahalanobis-Taguchi System is a diagnosis and predictive method for analyzing patterns in multivariate cases. The goal of this study is to compare the ability of the Mahalanobis- Taguchi System and a neural-network to discriminate using small data sets. We examine the discriminant ability as a function of data set size using an application area where reliable data is publicly available. The study uses the Wisconsin Breast Cancer study with nine attributes and one class.