ICT Action COST IC0702
Combining Soft Computing Techniques and Statistical Methods to Improve Data Analysis Solutions

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The main objective of the Action is to strengthen the dialogue between the statistics and soft computing research communities in order to cross-pollinate both fields and generate mutual improvement activities.

Soft computing, as an engineering science, and statistics, as a branch of mathematics, emphasize different aspects of data analysis. Soft computing focuses on obtaining working solutions quickly, accepting approximations and unconventional approaches. Its strength lies in its flexibility to create models that suit the needs arising in applications (context of discovery, model generation). In addition, it emphasizes the need for intuitive and interpretable models, which are tolerant to imprecision and uncertainty. Statistics is more rigorous and focuses on establishing objective conclusions based on experimental data by analysing the possible situations and their (relative) likelihood (context of justification, model validation). It emphasizes the need for mathematical methods and tools to assess solutions and guarantee performance. Bringing the two fields closer together will enhance the robustness and generalisability of data analysis methods, while preserving the flexibility to solve real-world problems efficiently and intuitively.

Keywords: data analysis, soft computing, statistics, model generation, model validation


General Information*

Chair of the Action:

Dr Christian BORGELT (ES)

Vice Chair of the Action:

Prof. Frank KLAWONN (DE)

Science officer of the Action:

Dr Ralph STUEBNER

Administrative officer of the Action:

Ms Aranzazu SANCHEZ

Downloads*

Action Fact Sheet

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Memorandum of Understanding

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Progress Report

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Final Report

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Poster

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Websites*

Action website:

http://www.cost-ic0702.org

Domain website:

http://www.cost.eu/ict

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