Rule Extraction from Neural Networks : Enhancing the Explanation Capability

  • Park, Sang-Chan (Department of Industrial Management, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) ;
  • Lam, Monica-S. (Department of Management Information Science, School of Business Administration, California State University-Sacramento) ;
  • Gupta, Amit (School of Business, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Published : 1995.12.01


This paper presents a rule extraction algorithm RE to acquire explicit rules from trained neural networks. The validity of extracted rules has been confirmed using 6 different data sets. Based on experimental results, we conclude that extracted rules from RE predict more accurately and robustly than neural networks themselves and rules obtained from an inductive learning algorithm do. Rule extraction algorithm for neural networks are important for incorporating knowledge obtained from trained networks into knowledge based systems. In lieu of this, the proposed RE algorithm contributes to the trend toward developing hybrid and versatile knowledge-based system including expert systems and knowledge-based decision su, pp.rt systems.