A Teletraffic Theory/Neural Network Hybrid Approach for Quality-of-Service Evaluation in Mobile Networks
In mobile cellular design, one important quality-of-service metric is the blocking probability. Using computer simulation for studying blocking probability is quite time-consuming. Furthermore, existing teletraffic models such as the Information Exchange Surrogate Approximation (IESA) only give a rough estimate of blocking probability. Another common approach, direct blocking probability evaluation using neural networks (NN), performs poorly when extrapolating to network conditions outside of the training set. This paper addresses the shortcomings of existing teletraffic and NN-based approaches by introducing a hybrid approach, namely IESA-NN. In IESA-NN, an NN is used to estimate a tuning parameter, which is in turn used to estimate the blocking probability via a modified IESA approach. In other words, the teletraffic approach IESA still forms the core of IESA-NN, with NN techniques used to improve the accuracy of the approach via the tuning parameter. Simulation results show that IESA-NN performs better than previous approaches based on NN or teletraffic theory alone. In particular, even when the NN cannot produce a good value for the tuning parameter, for example when extrapolating to network conditions not experienced in the training set, the final IESA-NN estimate is generally still accurate due to bounds set by the underlying teletraffic theory.
Email Address of Submitting Authoreeewong@cityu.edu.hk
ORCID of Submitting Author0000-0002-1641-6903
Submitting Author's InstitutionCity University of Hong Kong
Submitting Author's Country
- Hong Kong