Adaptive Classifiers for Nonstationary Environments

Cesare Alippi, Giacomo Boracchi, Manuel Roveri, Gregory Ditzler, Robi Polikar

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Deployment of sensor/actuator networks designed to address industrial and environmental applications makes possible the online acquisition of a large set of data from a monitored environment. Predictive models developed to work in non-stationary environments must then be able to detect changes, characterize and isolate faults and, if requested, adapt itself to track the change to maximize performance. This chapter expands the adaptive classifier study by presenting methods to learn the concept drift. It discusses the presentation of strategies for adapting the classifier to the new working conditions. The chapter summarizes the most common change detection tests present in the literature to address variation in the process X, while it describes the use of these tests to inspect the output of adaptive classifiers. The chapter presents an overview of a new breed of algorithms, commonly referred as concept drift algorithms, which are designed to work in such non-stationary environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationContemporary Issues in Systems Science and Engineering
PublisherWiley-IEEE Press
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781119036821
ISBN (Print)9781118271865
StatePublished - Apr 7 2015


  • Actuator network
  • Adaptive classifiers
  • Change detection test
  • Concept drift algorithms
  • Environmental application
  • Industrial application
  • Nonstationary environments
  • Sensor network

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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