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Sensitivity analysis of SVM kernel functions in machinery condition classification


Rajapaksha, N and Jayasinghe, S and Enshaei, H and Jayarathne, N, Sensitivity analysis of SVM kernel functions in machinery condition classification, Proceedings of the 2021 IEEE Annual Southern Power Electronics Conference (SPEC), 6-9 December 2021, Kigali, Rwanda, pp. 1-10. ISBN 978-1-6654-3623-6 (2021) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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DOI: doi:10.1109/SPEC52827.2021.9709458


The excellent generalisation ability of the Support Vector Machine (SVM) algorithm has made it one of the most popular statistical learning theories in supervised machine learning. The classification accuracy and effectiveness of SVM is highly sensitive to the kernel function used during the training process. This paper compares linear, polynomial, and Gaussian kernel functions for evaluating their contribution to SVM for accurately and effectively classifying healthy and faulty status of rotating machinery. A three-phase induction motor and a four-stroke diesel engine were considered as the machinery for this study. Acoustic signals coming from these machines were collected using microphones and Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) was used to extract the magnitudes of the dominant frequency components of the signals. The extracted ominant frequency components are considered as acoustic signatures and their variations are taken as condition monitoring parameters. The results show that with the second-order polynomial kernel function, SVM achieved an accuracy of at least 2.4% greater than the other kernel functions with 1.2% less training time. Furthermore, the third-order polynomial kernel function found to be the second best choice.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:support vector machines, kernel functions, condition monitoring
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Marine engineering
Objective Division:Transport
Objective Group:Water transport
Objective Field:International sea freight transport (excl. live animals, food products and liquefied gas)
UTAS Author:Rajapaksha, N (Mr Nipuna Rajapaksha)
UTAS Author:Jayasinghe, S (Dr Shantha Jayasinghe Arachchillage)
UTAS Author:Enshaei, H (Dr Hossein Enshaei)
UTAS Author:Jayarathne, N (Dr Nirman Sembukutti Vidanelage)
ID Code:148910
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Seafaring and Maritime Operations
Deposited On:2022-02-18
Last Modified:2022-07-12

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