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Insect identification using Artificial Neural Networks (ANN)

Authors

VAŇHARA Jaromír FEDOR Peter MALENOVSKÝ Igor MURÁRIKOVÁ Natália HAVEL Josef

Year of publication 2008
Type Conference abstract
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Science

Citation
Description Introduction: The progress in information technology has opened opportunities for the computer-assisted taxonomy. Methods: The use of ANN requires a training database in which specimens, correctly identified by experts, are included. For ANN inputs can be used digital images, optically sensed wing beat frequency spectra, near-infrared reflectance spectra, bioacoustic recordings, chemotaxonomy or morphometry. An ANN model is designed to find a relationship between the characters (=input) and species (=output). The quality of the training set is an essential prerequisite to obtaining reliable identifications. Results: Our case studies used morphometric data mostly. The high percentage of correctly identified specimens (about 97 %) is promising for a wider use of ANN. Conclusions: ANN is cheap and non-destructive suitable also for type material or permanently mounted slides. ANN have the potential to enhance the practice of routine identification with a non-expert as technical help.
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