Performance Comparison of Machine Learning Techniques for Breast Cancer Detection

Dada Emmanuel Gbenga


The fundamental cause of death among women in developed nations of the world is breast cancer. Breast cancer has been identified as one of the most deadly type of cancer prevalent among women globally. There have been a dramatic increase of breast cancer cases among women of recent. Machine learning algorithms are effective tools that have found application in the field of medical imaging for early detection and diagnosis of cancer. This paper investigate the performance of eight (8) machine learning algorithms that have been applied for timely detection of breast cancer. Diagnosing breast cancer involves making a distinction between benign and malignant breast lumps. Our experimental results indicated that Support Vector Machine (SVM) have the best performance in term of classification accuracy (97.07%) and lowest error rate compared to Radial Based Function (96.49 %), Simple Linear Logistic Regression Model (96.78%), Naïve Bayes (96.48%), k-Nearest Neighbour (96.34%), AdaBoost (96.19%), Fuzzy Unordered Role Induction algorithm (96.78%) and Decision Tree - J48 (96.48%). All experiments are conducted using WEKA data mining and machine learning simulation environment.

Keywords: Breast cancer; RBF, SVM; NB; AdaBoost; kNN; J48.

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