On the Use of the FuzzyARTMAP Neural Network for Pattern Recognition in Statistical Process Control using a Factorial Design

  • J. A. Vazquez-Lopez Instituto Tecnologico de Celaya CIATEC, A.C. Posgrado Interinstitucional en Ciencia y Tecnologia (PICyT) Industrial Engineering Department Celaya, Gto. MEXICO E-mail:
  • I. Lopez-Juarez Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN - Unidad Saltillo Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing Department Carretera Saltillo-Monterrey Km 13. Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila. MEXICO
  • M. Peña-Cabrera National Autonomous University of Mexico Engineering Computing Science and Automation Department Institute of Research on Applied Mathematics and Systems Mexico, City. MEXICO


Time-series statistical pattern recognition is of prime importance in statistics, especially in quality control techniques for manufacturing processes. A frequent problem in this application is the complexity when trying to determine the behaviour (pattern) from sample data. There have been identified standard patterns which are commonly present when using the X chart; its detection depends on human judgement supported by norms and graphical criteria. In the last few years, it has been demonstrated that Artificial Neural Networks (ANN’s) are useful to predict the type of time-series pattern instead of the use of rules. However, the ANN control parameters have to be fixed to values that maximize its performance. This research proposes an experimental design methodology to determine the most appropriate values for the control parameters of the FuzzyARTMAP ANN such as: learning rate (β ) and network vigilance (ρa, ρb, ρab) in order to increment the neural network efficiency during unnatural pattern recognition.


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How to Cite
VAZQUEZ-LOPEZ, J. A.; LOPEZ-JUAREZ, I.; PEÑA-CABRERA, M.. On the Use of the FuzzyARTMAP Neural Network for Pattern Recognition in Statistical Process Control using a Factorial Design. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMPUTERS COMMUNICATIONS & CONTROL, [S.l.], v. 5, n. 2, p. 205-215, june 2010. ISSN 1841-9844. Available at: <http://univagora.ro/jour/index.php/ijccc/article/view/2475>. Date accessed: 05 july 2020. doi: https://doi.org/10.15837/ijccc.2010.2.2475.


Statistical Process Control, Control Charts, Artificial Neural Network (ANN), FuzzyARTMAP, and Factorial Design