Analysis of environmental factors influencing the range of anopheline mosquitoes in northern Australia using a genetic algorithm and data mining methods

Sweeney, A. W., Beebe, N.W. and Cooper, R. D. (2007) Analysis of environmental factors influencing the range of anopheline mosquitoes in northern Australia using a genetic algorithm and data mining methods. Ecological modelling, 203 3-4: 375-386.


Author Sweeney, A. W.
Beebe, N.W.
Cooper, R. D.
Title Analysis of environmental factors influencing the range of anopheline mosquitoes in northern Australia using a genetic algorithm and data mining methods
Journal name Ecological modelling   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0304-3800
Publication date 2007-05-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2006.12.003
Volume 203
Issue 3-4
Start page 375
End page 386
Total pages 12
Place of publication Amsterdam
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Subject 060299 Ecology not elsewhere classified
Abstract Environmental factors which influence the distributions of malaria vectors in northern Australia (Anopheles farauti ss, A. farauti 2 and A. farauti 3) were investigated by ecological niche modelling and data mining using an extensive data set of species presence and absence records obtained by systematic field surveys. Models were generated with GARP (the genetic algorithm for rule-set prediction) using geographical coverages of 41 climatic and topographic parameters for the north of the continent. Environmental variables associated with species records were identified with the ranking procedures of the decision tree software packages CART and KnowledgeSeeker. There was consistent agreement in the variables ranked by both methods. This permitted the selection of reduced sets of environmental variables to develop GARP models for the three target species with equivalent predictive accuracy to those which used all of the environmental information. The environmental parameters which define the realised distributions of A. farauti ss and A. farauti 3 were well described by this approach but the results were less satisfactory for A. farauti 2. Atmospheric moisture was shown to be a critical variable for each species which accords with many field and laboratory observations concerning the influence of humidity on adult mosquito survival..
Keyword Ecological niche modelling
Genetic algorithms
Data mining
Mosquitoes
GARP
CART
KnowledgeSeeker
Q-Index Code C1

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