Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.21256/zhaw-21964
Publication type: Working paper – expertise – study
Title: Artificial neural networks to impute rounded zeros in compositional data
Authors: Templ, Matthias
et. al: No
DOI: 10.21256/zhaw-21964
Extent: 26
Issue Date: 18-Dec-2020
Publisher / Ed. Institution: arXiv.org
Other identifiers: arxiv:2012.10300v1
Language: English
Subjects: Deep learning; Artificial neural networks; Compositional data; Rounded zeros; Imputation; Replacement
Subject (DDC): 006: Special computer methods
Abstract: Methods of deep learning have become increasingly popular in recent years, but they have not arrived in compositional data analysis. Imputation methods for compositional data are typically applied on additive, centered or isometric log-ratio representations of the data. Generally, methods for compositional data analysis can only be applied to observed positive entries in a data matrix. Therefore one tries to impute missing values or measurements that were below a detection limit. In this paper, a new method for imputing rounded zeros based on artificial neural networks is shown and compared with conventional methods. We are also interested in the question whether for ANNs, a representation of the data in log-ratios for imputation purposes, is relevant. It can be shown, that ANNs are competitive or even performing better when imputing rounded zeros of data sets with moderate size. They deliver better results when data sets are big. Also, we can see that log-ratio transformations within the artificial neural network imputation procedure nevertheless help to improve the results. This proves that the theory of compositional data analysis and the fulfillment of all properties of compositional data analysis is still very important in the age of deep learning.
URI: https://arxiv.org/abs/2012.10300
https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/21964
License (according to publishing contract): CC BY-NC-ND 4.0: Attribution - Non commercial - No derivatives 4.0 International
Departement: School of Engineering
Organisational Unit: Institute of Data Analysis and Process Design (IDP)
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