A hybrid system of neural networks and rough sets for road safety performance indicators

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  • Yongjun Shen
  • Tianrui Li
  • Elke Herman
  • Da Ruan
  • Geert Wets
  • Koen Vanhoof
  • Tom Brijs

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Road safety performance indicators are comprehensible tools that provide a better understanding of current safety conditions and can be used to monitor the effect of policy interventions. New insights can be gained in case one road safety index is composed of all risk indicators. The overall safety performance can then be evaluated, and countries ranked. In this paper, a promising structure of neural networks based on decision rules generated by rough sets—is proposed to develop an overall road safety index. This novel hybrid system integrates the ability of neural networks on self-learning and that of rough sets on automatically transforming data into knowledge. By means of simulation, optimal weights are assigned to seven road safety performance indicators. The ranking of 21 European countries in terms of their road safety index scores is compared to a ranking based on the number of road fatalities per million inhabitants. Evaluation results imply the feasibility of this intelligent decision support system and valuable predictive power for the road safety indicators context.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1255-1263
JournalSoft Computing
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010


  • Road safety performance indicators, (Composite) index, Road safety output, Neural networks, Rough sets, Hybrid system, Decision support

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