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Title: Data mining of range-based classification rules for data characterization
Author: Tziatzios, Achilleas
ISNI:       0000 0004 5350 9724
Awarding Body: Cardiff University
Current Institution: Cardiff University
Date of Award: 2014
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Advances in data gathering have led to the creation of very large collections across different fields like industrial site sensor measurements or the account statuses of a financial institution's clients. The ability to learn classification rules, rules that associate specific attribute values with a specific class label, from this data is important and useful in a range of applications. While many methods to facilitate this task have been proposed, existing work has focused on categorical datasets and very few solutions that can derive classification rules of associated continuous ranges (numerical intervals) have been developed. Furthermore, these solutions have solely relied in classification performance as a means of evaluation and therefore focus on the mining of mutually exclusive classification rules and the correct prediction of the most dominant class values. As a result existing solutions demonstrate only limited utility when applied for data characterization tasks. This thesis proposes a method that derives range-based classification rules from numerical data inspired by classification association rule mining. The presented method searches for associated numerical ranges that have a class value as their consequent and meet a set of user defined criteria. A new interestingness measure is proposed for evaluating the density of range-based rules and four heuristic based approaches are presented for targeting different sets of rules. Extensive experiments demonstrate the effectiveness of the new algorithm for classification tasks when compared to existing solutions and its utility as a solution for data characterization.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science