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Decomposition Genetic Programming: An Extensive Evaluation on Rainfall Prediction in the Context of Weather Derivatives

Cramer, Sam, Kampouridis, Michael, Freitas, Alex A. (2018) Decomposition Genetic Programming: An Extensive Evaluation on Rainfall Prediction in the Context of Weather Derivatives. Applied Soft Computing, 70 . pp. 208-224. ISSN 1568-4946. (doi:10.1016/j.asoc.2018.05.016) (KAR id:67024)


Regression problems provide some of the most challenging research opportunities in the area of machine learning,

where the predictions of some target variables are critical to a specific application. Rainfall is a prime example, as it

exhibits unique characteristics of high volatility and chaotic patterns that do not exist in other time series data. Moreover,

rainfall is essential for applications that surround financial securities, such as rainfall derivatives. This paper

extensively evaluates a novel algorithm called Decomposition Genetic Programming (DGP), which is an algorithm

that decomposes the problem of rainfall into subproblems. Decomposition allows the GP to focus on each subproblem,

before combining back into the full problem. The GP does this by having a separate regression equation for

each subproblem, based on the level of rainfall. As we turn our attention to subproblems, this reduces the difficulty

when dealing with data sets with high volatility and extreme rainfall values, since these values can be focused on

independently. We extensively evaluate our algorithm on 42 cities from Europe and the USA, and compare its performance

to the current state-of-the-art (Markov chain extended with rainfall prediction), and six other popular machine

learning algorithms (Genetic Programming without decomposition, Support Vector Regression, Radial Basis Neural

Networks, M5 Rules, M5 Model trees, and k-Nearest Neighbours). Results show that the DGP is able to consistently

and significantly outperform all other algorithms. Lastly, another contribution of this work is to discuss the effect that

DGP has had on the coverage of the rainfall predictions and whether it shows robust performance across different


Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.asoc.2018.05.016
Uncontrolled keywords: Weather derivatives, rainfall prediction, problem decomposition, genetic programming, genetic algorithm
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General) > Q335 Artificial intelligence
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Computing
Depositing User: Michael Kampouridis
Date Deposited: 15 May 2018 09:23 UTC
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2022 23:33 UTC
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