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Monotonic Networks

Sill, Joseph (1998) Monotonic Networks. In: Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 10 (NIPS 1997). Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems. No.10. MIT Press , Cambridge, MA, pp. 661-667. ISBN 0-262-10076-2. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20160223-163030288

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Abstract

Monotonicity is a constraint which arises in many application domains. We present a machine learning model, the monotonic network, for which monotonicity can be enforced exactly, i.e., by virtue of functional form . A straightforward method for implementing and training a monotonic network is described. Monotonic networks are proven to be universal approximators of continuous, differentiable monotonic functions. We apply monotonic networks to a real-world task in corporate bond rating prediction and compare them to other approaches.


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Additional Information:© 1998 Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The author is very grateful to Yaser Abu-Mostafa for considerable guidance. I also thank John Moody for supplying the data. Amir Atiya, Eric Bax, Zehra Cataltepe, Malik Magdon-Ismail, Alexander Nicholson, and Xubo Song supplied many useful comments.
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