The information is a replica of the notes for the abalone dataset from the UCI repository.
Sam Waugh (1995) "Extending and benchmarking Cascade-Correlation", PhD thesis, Computer Science Department, University of Tasmania.
David Clark, Zoltan Schreter, Anthony Adams "A Quantitative Comparison of Dystal and Backpropagation", submitted to the Australian Conference on Neural Networks (ACNN'96). Data set treated as a 3-category classification problem (grouping ring classes 1-8, 9 and 10, and 11 on).
Predicting the age of abalone from physical measurements. The age of abalone is determined by cutting the shell through the cone, staining it, and counting the number of rings through a microscope -- a boring and time-consuming task. Other measurements, which are easier to obtain, are used to predict the age. Further information, such as weather patterns and location (hence food availability) may be required to solve the problem.
From the original data examples with missing values were removed (the majority having the predicted value missing), and the ranges of the continuous values have been scaled for use with an ANN (by dividing by 200).
Data comes from an original (non-machine-learning) study:
Warwick J Nash, Tracy L Sellers, Simon R Talbot, Andrew J Cawthorn and Wes B Ford (1994) "The Population Biology of Abalone (_Haliotis_ species) in Tasmania. I. Blacklip Abalone (_H. rubra_) from the North Coast and Islands of Bass Strait", Sea Fisheries Division, Technical Report No. 48 (ISSN 1034-3288)
Given is the attribute name, attribute type, the measurement unit and a brief description. The number of rings is the value to predict: either as a continuous value or as a classification problem.
|Sex||nominal||M, F, and I (infant)|
|Length||continuous||mm||Longest shell measurement|
|Diameter||continuous||mm||perpendicular to length|
|Height||continuous||mm||with meat in shell|
|Whole weight||continuous||grams||whole abalone|
|Shucked weight||continuous||grams||weight of meat|
|Viscera weight||continuous||grams||gut weight (after bleeding)|
|Shell weight||continuous||grams||after being dried|
|Rings||integer||+1.5 gives the age in years|
Statistics for numeric domains:
Last Updated 8 October 1996
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