## Abstract

Following a number of studies that have interrogated the usability of an autoencoder neural network in various classification and regression approximation problems, this manuscript focuses on its usability in water demand predictive modelling, with the Gauteng Province of the Republic of South Africa being chosen as a case study. Water demand predictive modelling is a regression approximation problem. This autoencoder network is constructed from a simple multi-layer network, with a total of 6 parameters in both the input and output units, and 5 nodes in the hidden unit. These 6 parameters include a figure that represents population size and water demand values of 5 consecutive days. The water demand value of the fifth day is the variable of interest, that is, the variable that is being predicted. The optimum number of nodes in the hidden unit is determined through the use of a simple, less computationally expensive technique. The performance of this network is measured against prediction accuracy, average prediction error, and the time it takes the network to generate a single output. The dimensionality of the network is also taken into consideration. In order to benchmark the performance of this autoencoder network, a conventional neural network is also implemented and evaluated using the same measures of performance. The conventional network is slightly outperformed by the autoencoder network.

Original language | English |
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Title of host publication | SIMULTECH 2016 - Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Simulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications |

Editors | Yuri Merkuryev, Tuncer Oren, Mohammad S. Obaidat |

Publisher | SciTePress |

Pages | 231-238 |

Number of pages | 8 |

ISBN (Electronic) | 9789897581991 |

DOIs | |

Publication status | Published - 2016 |

Event | 6th International Conference on Simulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications, SIMULTECH 2016 - Lisbon, Portugal Duration: 29 Jul 2016 → 31 Jul 2016 |

### Publication series

Name | SIMULTECH 2016 - Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Simulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications |
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### Conference

Conference | 6th International Conference on Simulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications, SIMULTECH 2016 |
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Country/Territory | Portugal |

City | Lisbon |

Period | 29/07/16 → 31/07/16 |

## Keywords

- Arbitrary Complexity
- Autoencoder Network
- Hidden Units
- Multi-layer Perceptron
- Network Dimensionality
- Neural Network
- Predictive Modelling
- Regression Approximation
- Time Series
- Water Demand

## ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Modeling and Simulation
- Computational Theory and Mathematics
- Computer Science Applications
- Information Systems