Improving Estimation of Specific Surface Area by Artificial Neural Network Ensembles Using Fractal and Particle Size Distribution Curve Parameters as Predictors
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Specific surface area (SSA) is one of the principal soil properties used in modeling soil processes. In this study, artificial neural network (ANN) ensembles were evaluated to predict SSA. Complete soil particle-size distribution was estimated from sand, silt, and clay fractions using the model by Skaggs et al. and then the particle-size distribution curve parameters (PSDCPs) and fractal parameters were calculated. The PSDCPs were used to predict 20 particle-size classes for a soil sample’s particle size distribution. Fractal parameters were calculated by the model of Bird et al. In addition, total soilspecific surface area (TSS) was calculated using the above 20 size classes. Pedotransfer functions were developed for SSA and TSS using ANN ensembles from 63 pieces of SSA data taken from the literature. Fractal parameters, PSDCPs, and some other soil properties were used to predict SSA and TSS. Introducing fractal parameters and PSDCPs improved the SSA estimations by 12.5 and 11.1 %, respectively. The improvements were even better for TSS estimations (27.7 and 27.0 %, respectively). The use of fractal parameters as estimators described 44 and 92.8 % of the variation in SSA and TSS, respectively, while PSDCPs explained 42 and 6.6 % of the variation in SSA and TSS, respectively. The results suggested that fractal parameters and PSDCPs could be successfully used as predictors in ANN ensembles to predict SSA and TSS.
Hepper, Estela Noemí
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En: Environ Model Assess. 2013; vol.18 no.5
Extensión: p. 605-614
Artificial neural networks; Ensemble; Fractal parameters; Particle-size distribution; Specific surface area; Prediction;
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