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Coro G., Pagano P., Ellenbroek A. Automatic Procedures to Assist in Manual Review of Marine Species Distribution Maps. In: ICANNGA'13 - International Conference on Adaptive and Natural Computing Algorithms (Lausanne, Switzerland, April 4-6 2013). Proceedings, pp. 346 - 355. M. Tomassini et al. (eds.). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 7824). Springer Verlag, 2013.
Ecological Niche Modeling (ENM) is a branch of biology that uses algorithms to predict the distribution of species in a geographic area on the basis of a numerical representation of their preferred habitat and environment. Algorithmic maps can be produced for suitable or native habitats and require a review by human experts. During the review operation biologists use their knowledge about a species to modify the maps. They usually take algorithmic maps as starting point in the review. In this paper we provide a methodology for biologists to use the automatic maps as references also during and after the review process. Our approach is based on a comparison between the reviewed map and two systems: an expert system and a Feed Forward Neural Network. Furthermore we suggest an evaluation procedure of the quality of the environmental features used as training set, for assessing the models reliability.
Subject Ecologial Niche Modeling
Feed forward neural networks
Maps review
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