A flood inundation modelling using v-support vector machine regression model

Yang Liu*, Gareth Pender

*Corresponding author for this work

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Full two dimensional (2D) hydrodynamic models have proven to be successful in a wide area of applications. The limitation of using full 2D models is their expensive computational requirement. The flood risk analysis and model uncertainty analysis usually need to run the numerical model and evaluate the performance thousands of times. However, in real world applications, there is simply not enough time and resources to perform such a huge number of model runs. In this study, a computational framework, known as v-Support Vector Regression (SVR)-Fine Grid Model (FGM) or linear regression (LR)-FGM, is presented for solving computationally expensive simulation problems. The concept of v-SVR-FGM or LR-FGM will be demonstrated via a small number of fine grid model (FGM) runs using a nonlinear regression or linear regression model with data preprocessing. The approximation model is performed in predicting the form of results of FGM instead of running the time consuming FGM. This approach can substantially reduce computational running time without loss of accuracy of FGM. The simulation results suggest that the proposed method is able to achieve good predictive results (water depth and velocity) as well as provide considerable savings in computer time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-231
Number of pages9
JournalEngineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Linear regression
  • Simulation
  • Support vector machine regression


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