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Guidance for the Verification and Validation of Neural Networks

ISBN: 978-0-470-08457-1
133 pages
March 2007, Wiley-IEEE Computer Society Press
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This book provides guidance on the verification and validation of neural networks/adaptive systems. Considering every process, activity, and task in the lifecycle, it supplies methods and techniques that will help the developer or V&V practitioner be confident that they are supplying an adaptive/neural network system that will perform as intended. Additionally, it is structured to be used as a cross-reference to the IEEE 1012 standard.
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Table of Contents



1 Overview.

1.1 Definitions and Conventions.

1.2 Organization of the Book.

2 Areas of Consideration for Adaptive Systems.

2.1 Safety-Critical Adaptive System Example and Experience.

2.2 Hazard Analysis.

2.3 Requirements for Adaptive Systems.

2.4 Rule Extraction.

2.5 Modified Life Cycle for Developing Neural Networks.

2.6 Operational Monitors.

2.7 Testing Considerations.

2.8 Training Set Analysis.

2.9 Stability Analysis

2.10 Configuration Management of Neural Network Training and Design.

2.11 Simulation of Adaptive Systems.

2.12 Neural Network Visualization.

2.13 Adaptive System and Neural Network Selection.

3 Verification and Validation of Neural Networks—Guidance.

3.1 Process: Management.

3.2 Process: Acquisition.

3.3 Process: Supply.

3.4 Process: Development.

3.5 Process: Operation.

3.6 Process: Maintenance.

4 Recent Changes to IEEE Std 1012.

Appendix A: References.

Appendix B: Acronyms.

Appendix C: Definitions.

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Author Information

Dr. Laura L. Pullum is a Principal Research Scientist and Technical Director at Lockheed Martin in Eagan, MN. Her areas of research and development include software and system dependability, verification and validation, adaptive systems, and automated reasoning.

Brian J. Taylor served as a Principal Member Research Staff for the Institute for Scientific Research, working with a research team on the development, implementation, and flight qualification of Intelligent Flight Control Systems. He is currently a PhD candidate.

Dr. Marjorie A. Darrah is a Principal Scientist for the West Virginia High Technology Consortium Foundation. Her areas of research and development include virtual reality, education, data mining, software verification and validation, algorithm development, and neural networks.

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