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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: The Use Of Artificial Neural Network In Identifying Swine Vocalization [uso De Redes Neurais Artificiais Na Identificação De Vocalização De Suínos]
Author: Naas I.D.A.
Campos L.S.L.
Baracho M.D.S.
Tolon Y.B.
Abstract: Animal welfare has been an important research topic in animal production mainly in its ways of assessment. Vocalization is found to be an interesting tool for evaluating welfare as it provides data in a non-invasive way as well as it allows easy automation of process. The present research had as objective the implementation of an algorithm based on artificial neural network that had the potential of identifying vocalization related to welfare pattern indicatives. The research was done in two parts, the first was the development of the algorithm, and the second its validation with data from the field. Previous records allowed the development of the algorithm from behaviors observed in sows housed in farrowing cages. Matlab® software was used for implementing the network. It was selected a retropropagation gradient algorithm for training the network with the following stop criteria: maximum of 5,000 interactions or error quadratic addition smaller than 0.1. Validation was done with sows and piglets housed in commercial farm. Among the usual behaviors the ones that deserved enhancement were: the feed dispute at farrowing and the eventual risk of involuntary aggression between the piglets or between those and the sow. The algorithm was able to identify through the noise intensity the inherent risk situation of piglets' welfare reduction.
Rights: aberto
Identifier DOI: 10.1590/S0100-69162008000200001
Date Issue: 2008
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