3 years ago

Impact of Normalization and Input on ARMAX-ANN Model Performance in Suspended Sediment Load Prediction

Hamid Moeeni, Hossein Bonakdari


The suspended sediment load in rivers is an important parameter in watershed planning and management. Since daily suspended sediment time series contain linear and nonlinear components, existing prediction models are associated with limitations. Therefore, this study introduces a new hybrid model comprising two commonly used stochastic and nonlinear models. The sediment load is first modeled by an autoregressive-moving average with exogenous terms (ARMAX) model. Subsequently, the ARMAX residuals are modeled with an artificial neural network (ANN). For this purpose, discharge (Q) and sediment (S) are considered as model input parameters. Three modeling scenarios are defined to investigate the impact of data normalization on the hybrid model. The exponential and Box-Cox transformation methods are combined into a new data normalization method called mixed transformation. The performance of these methods is then compared. In addition, the impact of the type and number of input combinations on ARMAX-ANN model accuracy is evaluated. To this end, 12 input combinations and 1331 ARMAX and ANN models are verified. The ARMAX model inputs include S, Q and the white noise disturbance term (e), while the ANN model inputs include the ARMAX model results and residuals. Moreover, the hybrid model’s accuracy is compared with the ARMAX and ANN models.

Publisher URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11269-017-1842-z

DOI: 10.1007/s11269-017-1842-z

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