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Title: CENG 464 Introduction to Data Mining

CENG 464 Introduction to Data Mining
Supervised vs. Unsupervised Learning
  • Supervised learning (classification)
  • Supervision The training data (observations,
    measurements, etc.) are accompanied by labels
    indicating the class of the observations
  • New data is classified based on the training set
  • Unsupervised learning (clustering)
  • The class labels of training data is unknown
  • Given a set of measurements, observations, etc.
    with the aim of establishing the existence of
    classes or clusters in the data

Classification Definition
  • Given a collection of records (training set )
  • Each record contains a set of attributes, one of
    the attributes is the class.
  • Find a model for class attribute as a function
    of the values of other attributes.
  • Goal previously unseen records should be
    assigned a class as accurately as possible.
  • A test set is used to determine the accuracy of
    the model. Usually, the given data set is divided
    into training and test sets, with training set
    used to build the model and test set used to
    validate it.

Classification Definition
Prediction Problems Classification vs. Numeric
  • Classification
  • predicts categorical class labels (discrete or
  • classifies data (constructs a model) based on the
    training set and the values (class labels) in a
    classifying attribute and uses it in classifying
    new data
  • Numeric Prediction
  • models continuous-valued functions, i.e.,
    predicts unknown or missing values
  • Typical applications
  • Credit/loan approval
  • Medical diagnosis if a tumor is cancerous or
  • Fraud detection if a transaction is fraudulent
  • Web page categorization which category it is

ClassificationA Two-Step Process
  • Model construction describing a set of
    predetermined classes
  • Each tuple/sample is assumed to belong to a
    predefined class, as determined by the class
    label attribute
  • The set of tuples used for model construction is
    training set
  • The model is represented as classification rules,
    decision trees, or mathematical formulae
  • Model usage for classifying future or unknown
  • Estimate accuracy of the model
  • The known label of test sample is compared with
    the classified result from the model
  • Accuracy rate is the percentage of test set
    samples that are correctly classified by the
  • Test set is independent of training set
    (otherwise overfitting)
  • If the accuracy is acceptable, use the model to
    classify new data
  • Note If the test set is used to select models,
    it is called validation (test) set

Process (1) Model Construction
Classification Algorithms
IF rank professor OR years gt 6 THEN tenured
Process (2) Using the Model in Prediction
(Jeff, Professor, 4)
Illustrating Classification Task
Training and Test set are randomly sampled
Find a mapping OR function that can predict
class label of given tuple X
Classification Techniques
  • Decision Tree based Methods
  • Bayes Classification Methods
  • Rule-based Methods
  • Nearest-Neighbor Classifier
  • Artificial Neural Networks
  • Support Vector Machines
  • Memory based reasoning

Example of a Decision Tree
Root node Internal nodes attribute test
conditions Leaf nodes class label
Splitting Attributes
Single, Divorced
lt 80K
gt 80K
Model Decision Tree
Training Data
Another Example of Decision Tree
Single, Divorced
lt 80K
gt 80K
There could be more than one tree that fits the
same data!
Decision Tree Classification Task
Decision Tree
Apply Model to Test Data
Test Data
Start from the root of tree.
Apply Model to Test Data
Test Data
Apply Model to Test Data
Test Data
Single, Divorced
lt 80K
gt 80K
Apply Model to Test Data
Test Data
Single, Divorced
lt 80K
gt 80K
Apply Model to Test Data
Test Data
Single, Divorced
lt 80K
gt 80K
Apply Model to Test Data
Test Data
Assign Cheat to No
Single, Divorced
lt 80K
gt 80K
Decision Tree Classification Task
Decision Tree
Decision Tree Induction
  • Many Algorithms
  • Hunts Algorithm
  • ID3, C4.5
  • CART

Algorithm for Decision Tree Induction
  • Basic algorithm (a greedy algorithm)
  • Tree is constructed in a top-down recursive
    divide-and-conquer manner
  • At start, all the training examples are at the
  • Attributes are categorical (if continuous-valued,
    they are discretized in advance)
  • Examples are partitioned recursively based on
    selected attributes
  • Test attributes are selected on the basis of a
    heuristic or statistical measure (e.g.,
    information gain)
  • Conditions for stopping partitioning
  • All samples for a given node belong to the same
  • There are no remaining attributes for further
    partitioning majority voting is employed for
    classifying the leaf
  • There are no samples left

Tree Induction
  • Greedy strategy.
  • Split the records based on an attribute test that
    optimizes certain criterion.
  • Issues
  • Determine how to split the records
  • How to specify the attribute test condition?
  • How to determine the best split?
  • Determine when to stop splitting

How to Specify Test Condition?
  • Depends on attribute types
  • Nominal
  • Ordinal
  • Continuous
  • Depends on number of ways to split
  • 2-way split
  • Multi-way split

Splitting Based on Nominal Attributes
  • Multi-way split Use as many partitions as
    distinct values.
  • Binary split Divides values into two subsets.
    Need to find optimal partitioning.

Splitting Based on Ordinal Attributes
  • Multi-way split Use as many partitions as
    distinct values.
  • Binary split Divides values into two subsets.
    Need to find optimal partitioning.
  • What about this split?

Splitting Based on Continuous Attributes
  • Different ways of handling
  • Discretization to form an ordinal categorical
  • Static discretize once at the beginning
  • Dynamic ranges can be found by equal interval
    bucketing, equal frequency bucketing (percenti
    les), or clustering.
  • Binary Decision (A lt v) or (A ? v)
  • consider all possible splits and finds the best
  • can be more compute intensive

Splitting Based on Continuous Attributes
How to determine the Best Split
Before Splitting 10 records of class 0, 10
records of class 1
Which test condition is the best?
How to determine the Best Split
  • Greedy approach
  • Nodes with homogeneous class distribution are
  • Need a measure of node impurity

Non-homogeneous, High degree of impurity
Homogeneous, Low degree of impurity
Attribute Selection-Splitting Rules
Measures (Measures of Node Impurity)
  • Provides a ranking for each attribute describing
    the given training tuples. The attribute having
    the best score for the measure is chosen as the
    splitting attribute for the given tuples.
  • Information Gain-Entropy
  • Gini Index
  • Misclassification error

Brief Review of Entropy

m 2
Attribute Selection Measure Information Gain
  • Select the attribute with the highest information
  • This attribute minimizes the information needed
    to classify the tuples in the resulting
    partitions and reflects the least randomness or
    impurity in these partitions
  • Let pi be the probability that an arbitrary tuple
    in D belongs to class Ci, estimated by Ci,
  • Expected information (entropy) needed to classify
    a tuple in D
  • Information needed (after using A to split D into
    v partitions) to classify D
  • Information gained by branching on attribute A

Attribute Selection Information Gain
  • Class P buys_computer yes
  • Class N buys_computer no
  • means youth has 5 out of 14
    samples, with 2 yeses and 3 nos. Hence
  • Similarly,

Computing Information-Gain for Continuous-Valued
  • Let attribute A be a continuous-valued attribute
  • Must determine the best split point for A
  • Sort the value A in increasing order
  • Typically, the midpoint between each pair of
    adjacent values is considered as a possible split
  • (aiai1)/2 is the midpoint between the values of
    ai and ai1
  • The point with the minimum expected information
    requirement for A is selected as the split-point
    for A
  • Split
  • D1 is the set of tuples in D satisfying A
    split-point, and D2 is the set of tuples in D
    satisfying A gt split-point

Gain Ratio for Attribute Selection (C4.5)
  • Information gain measure is biased towards
    attributes with a large number of values
  • C4.5 (a successor of ID3) uses gain ratio to
    overcome the problem (normalization to
    information gain)
  • GainRatio(A) Gain(A)/SplitInfo(A)
  • Ex.
  • gain_ratio(income) 0.029/1.557 0.019
  • The attribute with the maximum gain ratio is
    selected as the splitting attribute

Gini Index (CART, IBM IntelligentMiner)
  • If a data set D contains examples from n classes,
    gini index, gini(D) is defined as
  • where pj is the relative frequency of class
    j in D
  • If a data set D is split on A into two subsets
    D1 and D2, the gini index gini(D) is defined as
  • Reduction in Impurity
  • The attribute provides the smallest ginisplit(D)
    (or the largest reduction in impurity) is chosen
    to split the node (need to enumerate all the
    possible splitting points for each attribute)

Computation of Gini Index
  • Ex. D has 9 tuples in buys_computer yes and
    5 in no
  • Suppose the attribute income partitions D into 10
    in D1 low, medium and 4 in D2
  • Ginilow,high is 0.458 Ginimedium,high is
    0.450. Thus, split on the low,medium (and
    high) since it has the lowest Gini index
  • All attributes are assumed continuous-valued
  • May need other tools, e.g., clustering, to get
    the possible split values
  • Can be modified for categorical attributes

Comparing Attribute Selection Measures
  • The three measures, in general, return good
    results but
  • Information gain
  • biased towards multivalued attributes
  • Gain ratio
  • tends to prefer unbalanced splits in which one
    partition is much smaller than the others
  • Gini index
  • biased to multivalued attributes
  • has difficulty when of classes is large
  • tends to favor tests that result in equal-sized
    partitions and purity in both partitions

Other Attribute Selection Measures
  • CHAID a popular decision tree algorithm, measure
    based on ?2 test for independence
  • C-SEP performs better than info. gain and gini
    index in certain cases
  • G-statistic has a close approximation to ?2
  • MDL (Minimal Description Length) principle (i.e.,
    the simplest solution is preferred)
  • The best tree as the one that requires the fewest
    of bits to both (1) encode the tree, and (2)
    encode the exceptions to the tree
  • Multivariate splits (partition based on multiple
    variable combinations)
  • CART finds multivariate splits based on a linear
    comb. of attrs.
  • Which attribute selection measure is the best?
  • Most give good results, none is significantly
    superior than others

Overfitting and Tree Pruning
  • Overfitting An induced tree may overfit the
    training data
  • Too many branches, some may reflect anomalies due
    to noise or outliers
  • Poor accuracy for unseen samples
  • Two approaches to avoid overfitting
  • Prepruning Halt tree construction early ? do not
    split a node if this would result in the goodness
    measure falling below a threshold
  • Difficult to choose an appropriate threshold
  • Postpruning Remove branches from a fully grown
    treeget a sequence of progressively pruned trees
  • Use a set of data different from the training
    data to decide which is the best pruned tree

Decision Tree Based Classification
  • Advantages
  • Inexpensive to construct
  • Extremely fast at classifying unknown records
  • Easy to interpret for small-sized trees
  • Accuracy is comparable to other classification
    techniques for many simple data sets

Chapter 8. Classification Basic Concepts
  • Classification Basic Concepts
  • Decision Tree Induction
  • Bayes Classification Methods
  • Rule-Based Classification
  • Model Evaluation and Selection
  • Techniques to Improve Classification Accuracy
    Ensemble Methods
  • Summary

Bayesian Classification Why?
  • A statistical classifier performs probabilistic
    prediction, i.e., predicts class membership
  • Foundation Based on Bayes Theorem.
  • Performance A simple Bayesian classifier, naïve
    Bayesian classifier, has comparable performance
    with decision tree and selected neural network
  • Incremental Each training example can
    incrementally increase/decrease the probability
    that a hypothesis is correct prior knowledge
    can be combined with observed data
  • Standard Even when Bayesian methods are
    computationally intractable, they can provide a
    standard of optimal decision making against which
    other methods can be measured

Bayes Theorem Basics
  • Total probability Theorem
  • Bayes Theorem
  • Let X be a data sample (evidence) class label
    is unknown
  • Let H be a hypothesis that X belongs to class C
  • Classification is to determine P(HX), (i.e.,
    posteriori probability) the probability that
    the hypothesis holds given the observed data
    sample X
  • P(H) (prior probability) the initial probability
  • E.g., X will buy computer, regardless of age,
  • P(X) probability that sample data is observed
  • P(XH) (likelihood) the probability of observing
    the sample X, given that the hypothesis holds
  • E.g., Given that X will buy computer, the prob.
    that X is 31..40, medium income

Prediction Based on Bayes Theorem
  • Given training data X, posteriori probability of
    a hypothesis H, P(HX), follows the Bayes
  • Informally, this can be viewed as
  • posteriori likelihood x prior/evidence
  • Predicts X belongs to Ci iff the probability
    P(CiX) is the highest among all the P(CkX) for
    all the k classes
  • Practical difficulty It requires initial
    knowledge of many probabilities, involving
    significant computational cost

Classification Is to Derive the Maximum Posteriori
  • Let D be a training set of tuples and their
    associated class labels, and each tuple is
    represented by an n-D attribute vector X (x1,
    x2, , xn)
  • Suppose there are m classes C1, C2, , Cm.
  • Classification is to derive the maximum
    posteriori, i.e., the maximal P(CiX)
  • This can be derived from Bayes theorem
  • Since P(X) is constant for all classes, only
  • needs to be maximized

Naïve Bayes Classifier
  • A simplified assumption attributes are
    conditionally independent (i.e., no dependence
    relation between attributes)
  • This greatly reduces the computation cost Only
    counts the class distribution
  • If Ak is categorical, P(xkCi) is the of tuples
    in Ci having value xk for Ak divided by Ci, D
    ( of tuples of Ci in D)
  • If Ak is continous-valued, P(xkCi) is usually
    computed based on Gaussian distribution with a
    mean µ and standard deviation s
  • and P(xkCi) is

Naïve Bayes Classifier Training Dataset
Class C1buys_computer yes C2buys_computer
no Data to be classified X (age youth,
Income medium, Student yes Credit_rating
Naïve Bayes Classifier An Example
  • P(Ci) P(buys_computer yes) 9/14
  • P(buys_computer no)
    5/14 0.357
  • Compute P(XCi) for each class
  • P(age youth buys_computer yes)
    2/9 0.222
  • P(age youth buys_computer no)
    3/5 0.6
  • P(income medium buys_computer yes)
    4/9 0.444
  • P(income medium buys_computer no)
    2/5 0.4
  • P(student yes buys_computer yes)
    6/9 0.667
  • P(student yes buys_computer no)
    1/5 0.2
  • P(credit_rating fair buys_computer
    yes) 6/9 0.667
  • P(credit_rating fair buys_computer
    no) 2/5 0.4
  • X (age lt 30 , income medium, student yes,
    credit_rating fair)
  • P(XCi) P(Xbuys_computer yes) 0.222 x
    0.444 x 0.667 x 0.667 0.044
  • P(Xbuys_computer no) 0.6 x
    0.4 x 0.2 x 0.4 0.019
  • P(XCi)P(Ci) P(Xbuys_computer yes)
    P(buys_computer yes) 0.028
  • P(Xbuys_computer no)
    P(buys_computer no) 0.007
  • Therefore, X belongs to class (buys_computer

Avoiding the Zero-Probability Problem
  • Naïve Bayesian prediction requires each
    conditional prob. be non-zero. Otherwise, the
    predicted prob. will be zero
  • Ex. Suppose a dataset with 1000 tuples,
    incomelow (0), income medium (990), and income
    high (10)
  • Use Laplacian correction (or Laplacian estimator)
  • Adding 1 to each case
  • Prob(income low) 1/1003
  • Prob(income medium) 991/1003
  • Prob(income high) 11/1003
  • The corrected prob. estimates are close to
    their uncorrected counterparts

Naïve Bayes Classifier Comments
  • Advantages
  • Easy to implement
  • Robust to noise
  • Can handle null values
  • Good results obtained in most of the cases
  • Disadvantages
  • Assumption class conditional independence,
    therefore loss of accuracy
  • Practically, dependencies exist among variables
  • E.g., hospitals patients Profile age, family
    history, etc.
  • Symptoms fever, cough etc., Disease lung
    cancer, diabetes, etc.
  • Dependencies among these cannot be modeled by
    Naïve Bayes Classifier
  • How to deal with these dependencies? Bayesian
    Belief Networks

Chapter 8. Classification Basic Concepts
  • Classification Basic Concepts
  • Decision Tree Induction
  • Bayes Classification Methods
  • Rule-Based Classification
  • Model Evaluation and Selection
  • Techniques to Improve Classification Accuracy
    Ensemble Methods
  • Summary

Using IF-THEN Rules for Classification
  • Represent the knowledge in the form of IF-THEN
  • R IF age youth AND student yes THEN
    buys_computer yes
  • Rule antecedent/precondition vs. rule consequent
  • If rule is satisfied by X, it covers the tupple,
    the rule is said to be triggered
  • If R1 is the rule satisfied, then the rule fires
    by returning the class predictiin
  • Assessment of a rule coverage and accuracy
  • ncovers of tuples covered by R
  • ncorrect of tuples correctly classified by R
  • coverage(R) ncovers /D where D
    training data set
  • accuracy(R) ncorrect / ncovers

Using IF-THEN Rules for Classification
  • If more than one rule are triggered, need
    conflict resolution
  • Size ordering assign the highest priority to the
    triggering rules that has the toughest
    requirement (i.e., with the most attribute tests)
  • Rule ordering prioritize rules beforehand
  • Class-based ordering classes are sorted in order
    of decreasing importance like order of prevalence
    or misclassification cost per class. Within each
    class rules are nor ordered
  • Rule-based ordering (decision list) rules are
    organized into one long priority list, according
    to some measure of rule quality like accuracy,
    coverage or size. The first rule satisfying X
    fires class prediction, any other rule satisfying
    X is ignored. Each rule in the list implies the
    negation of the rules that come before
    it?difficult to interpret
  • What if no rule is fired for X? default rule!

Rule Extraction from a Decision Tree
  • Rules are easier to understand than large trees
  • One rule is created for each path from the root
    to a leaf and logically ANDed to form the rule
  • Each attribute-value pair along a path forms a
    conjunction the leaf holds the class prediction
  • Rules are mutually exclusive and exhaustive
  • Mutually exclusive no two rules will be
    triggered for the same tuple
  • Exhaustive there is one rule for each possible
    attribute value combination?no need for a default

Rule Extraction from a Decision Tree
  • Example Rule extraction from our buys_computer
  • IF age young AND student no
    THEN buys_computer no
  • IF age young AND student yes
    THEN buys_computer yes
  • IF age middle_aged THEN buys_computer
  • IF age senior AND credit_rating excellent
    THEN buys_computer no
  • IF age senior AND credit_rating fair
    THEN buys_computer yes

Rule Induction Sequential Covering Method
  • Sequential covering algorithm Extracts rules
    directly from training data
  • Typical sequential covering algorithms FOIL, AQ,
  • Rules are learned sequentially, each for a given
    class Ci will cover many tuples of Ci but none
    (or few) of the tuples of other classes
  • Steps
  • Rules are learned one at a time
  • Each time a rule is learned, the tuples covered
    by the rules are removed
  • Repeat the process on the remaining tuples until
    termination condition, e.g., when no more
    training examples or when the quality of a rule
    returned is below a user-specified threshold
  • Comp. w. decision-tree induction learning a set
    of rules simultaneously

Sequential Covering Algorithm
  • When learning a rule for a class, C, we would
    like the rule to cover all or most of the
    training tuples of class C and none or few of the
    tuples from other classes
  • while (enough target tuples left)
  • generate a rule
  • remove positive target tuples satisfying this

Examples covered by Rule 2
Examples covered by Rule 1
Examples covered by Rule 3
Positive examples
How to Learn-One-Rule?
  • Two approaches
  • Specialization
  • Start with the most general rule possible empty
    rule?class y
  • Best attribute-value pair is added from list A
    into the antecedent
  • Continue until rule performance measure cannot
    improve further
  • If incomehigh THEN loan_decisionaccept
  • If incomehigh AND credit_ratingexcellent THEN
  • Greedy algorithm always add attribute value
    pair which is best at the moment

How to Learn-One-Rule?
  • Two approaches
  • generalization
  • Start with the randomly selected positive tuple
    and converted to a rule that covers
  • Tuple (overcast, high,false,P) can be converted
    to a rule as
  • Outlookovercast AND humidityhigh AND
    windyfalse ?classP
  • Choose one attribute-value pair and remove it
    sothat rule covers more positive examples
  • Repeat the process until the rule starts to cover
    negative examples

How to Learn-One-Rule?
  • Rule-Quality measures
  • used to decide if appending a test to the rules
    condition will result in an improved rule
    accuracy, coverage
  • Consider R1 correctly classifies 38 0f 40 tuples
    whereas R2 covers 2 tuples and correctly
    classifies all which rule is better? Accuracy?
  • Different Measures Foil-gain, likelihood ratio
    statistics, chisquare statistics

How to Learn-One-Rule?
  • Rule-Quality measures Foil-gain checks if
    ANDing a new condition results in a better rule
  • considers both coverage and accuracy
  • Foil-gain (in FOIL RIPPER) assesses info_gain
    by extending condition
  • pos and neg are the of positively and
    negatively covered tuples by R and
  • Pos and neg are the of positively and
    negatively covered tuples by R
  • favors rules that have high accuracy and cover
    many positive tuples
  • No test set for evaluating rules but Rule pruning
    is performed by removing a condition
  • Pos/neg are of positive/negative tuples covered
    by R.
  • If FOIL_Prune is higher for the pruned version of
    R, prune R

Nearest Neighbour Approach
  • General Idea
  • The Model a set of training examples stored in
  • Lazy Learning delaying the decision to the time
    of classification. In other words, there is no
  • To classify an unseen record compute its
    proximity to all training examples and locate 1
    or k nearest neighbours examples. The nearest
    neighbours determine the class of the record
    (e.g. majority vote)
  • Rationale If it walks like a duck, quacks like
    a duck, and looks like a duck, it probably is a

Nearest Neighbour Approach
  • kNN Classification Algorithm
  • algorithm kNN (Tr training set k integer r
    data record) Class
  • begin
  • for each training example t in Tr do
  • calculate proximity d(t, r) upon descriptive
  • end for
  • select the top k nearest neighbours into set D
  • Class majority class in D
  • return Class
  • end

Nearest Neighbour Approach
  • PEBLS Algorithm
  • Class based similarity measure is used
  • A nearest neighbour algorithm (k 1)
  • Examples in memory have weights (exemplars)
  • Simple training assigning and refining weights
  • A different proximity measure
  • Algorithm outline
  • Build value difference tables for descriptive
    attributes (in preparation of measuring distances
    between examples)
  • For each training, refine the weight of its
    nearest neighbour
  • Refine the weights of some training examples when
    classifying validation examples

Nearest Neighbour Approach
  • PEBLS Value Difference Table

r is set to 1. Cv1 total number of examples
with V1 Cv2 total number of examples with V2
Civ1 total number of examples with V1 and of
class i Civ2 total number of examples with V2
and of class i
Nearest Neighbour Approach
  • PEBLS Distance Function

where wX, wY weights for X and Y, m the number
of attributes, xi, yi values of the ith
attribute for X and Y.
where T the total number of times that X is
selected as the nearest neighbour, C the total
number of times that X correctly classifies
Nearest Neighbour Approach
  • PEBLS Distance Function (Example)

Value Difference Tables
Assuming row1.weight row2.weight 1, ?(row1,
row2) d(row1outlook, row2outlook)2
d(row1temperature, row2temperature)2
d(row1humidity, row2humidity)2 d(row1windy,
row2windy)2 d(sunny, sunny)2
d(hot, hot)2 d(high, high)2 d(false, true)2
0 0 0 (1/2)2 1/4
Nearest Neighbour Approach
  • PEBLS Example

Artificial Neural Network Approach
  • Our brains are made up of about 100 billion tiny
    units called neurons.
  • Each neuron is connected to thousands of other
    neurons and communicates with them via
    electrochemical signals.
  • Signals coming into the neuron are received via
    junctions called synapses, these in turn are
    located at the end of branches of the neuron cell
    called dendrites.
  • The neuron continuously receives signals from
    these inputs
  • What the neuron does is sum up the inputs to
    itself in some way and then, if the end result is
    greater than some threshold value, the neuron
  • It generates a voltage and outputs a signal along
    something called an axon.

Artificial Neural Network Approach
  • General Idea
  • The Model A network of connected artificial
  • Training select a specific network topology and
    use the training example to tune the weights
    attached on the links connecting the neurons
  • To classify an unseen record X, feed the
    descriptive attribute values of the record into
    the network as inputs. The network computes an
    output value that can be converted to a class

Artificial Neural Network Approach
  • Artificial Neuron (Unit)

Sum function x w1i1 w2i2 w3i3
Transformation function Sigmoid(x) 1/(1e-x)
Artificial Neural Network Approach
  • A neural network can have many hidden layers, but
    one layer is normally considered sufficient
  • The more units a hidden layer has, the more
    capacity of pattern recognition
  • The constant inputs can be fed into the units in
    the hidden and output layers as inputs.
  • Network with links from lower layers to upper
    layers?feed-forward nw
  • Network with links between nodes of the same
    layer?recurrent nw

Artificial Neural Network Approach
  • Artificial Neuron (Perceptron)

Sum function x w1i1 w2i2 w3i3
Transformation function Sigmoid(x) 1/(1e-x)
Artificial Neural Network Approach
  • General Principle for Training an ANN
  • algorithm trainNetwork (Tr training set)
  • Begin
  • R initial network with a particular topology
  • initialise the weight vector with random values
  • repeat
  • for each training example tltxi, yigt in Tr do
  • compute the predicted class output y(k)
  • for each weight wj in the weight vector do
  • update the weight wj wj(k1) wj(k) ?(yi -
  • end for
  • end for
  • until stopping criterion is met
  • return R
  • end

? the learning factor. The more the value is,
the bigger amount weight changes.
Artificial Neural Network Approach
  • Using ANN for Classification
  • Multiple hidden layers
  • Do not know the actual class value and hence
    difficult to adjust the weight
  • Solution Back-propagation (layer by layer from
    the output layer)
  • Model Overfitting use validation examples to
    further tune the weights in the network
  • Descriptive attributes should be normalized or
    converted to binary
  • Training examples are used repeatedly. The
    training cost is therefore very high.
  • Difficulty in explaining classification decisions

Artificial Neural Network Approach
  • Network Topology
  • of nodes in input layer determined by and
    data types of attributes
  • Continuous and binary attributes 1 node for each
  • categorical attribute convert to numeric or
  • Attribute w k labels needs at least log k nodes
  • of nodes in output layer determined by of
  • For 2 class solution? 1 node
  • K class solution ? at least log k nodes
  • of hidden layers and nodes in the hidden
    layers difficult to decide
  • in NWs with hidden laeyrs updating weights using

Model Evaluation and Selection
  • Evaluation metrics How can we measure accuracy?
    Other metrics to consider?
  • Use validation test set of class-labeled tuples
    instead of training set when assessing accuracy
  • Methods for estimating a classifiers accuracy
  • Holdout method, random subsampling
  • Cross-validation
  • Bootstrap
  • Comparing classifiers
  • Confidence intervals
  • Cost-benefit analysis and ROC Curves

Classifier Evaluation Metrics Confusion Matrix
Confusion Matrix
Actual class\Predicted class yes no
yes True Positives (TP) False Negatives (FN)
no False Positives (FP) True Negatives (TN)
Example of Confusion Matrix
Actual class\Predicted class buy_computer yes buy_computer no Total
buy_computer yes 6954 46 7000
buy_computer no 412 2588 3000
Total 7366 2634 10000
  • TP and TN are the correctly predicted tuples
  • May have extra rows/columns to provide totals

Classifier Evaluation Metrics Accuracy, Error
Rate, Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Class Imbalance Problem
  • One class may be rare, e.g. fraud, or
  • Significant majority of the negative class and
    minority of the positive class
  • Sensitivity True Positive recognition rate
  • Sensitivity TP/P
  • Specificity True Negative recognition rate
  • Specificity TN/N

P N All
  • Classifier Accuracy, or recognition rate
    percentage of test set tuples that are correctly
  • Accuracy (TP TN)/All
  • Error ratemisclassification rate
  • 1 accuracy, or
  • Error rate (FP FN)/All

Classifier Evaluation Metrics Precision and
Recall, and F-measures
  • Precision exactness what of tuples that the
    classifier labeled as positive are actually
  • Recall completeness what of positive tuples
    did the classifier label as positive?
  • Perfect score is 1.0
  • Inverse relationship between precision recall
  • F measure (F1 or F-score) harmonic mean of
    precision and recall,
  • Fß weighted measure of precision and recall
  • assigns ß times as much weight to recall as to

Classifier Evaluation Metrics Example
Actual Class\Predicted class cancer yes cancer no Total Recognition()
cancer yes 90 210 300 30.00 (sensitivity
cancer no 140 9560 9700 98.56 (specificity)
Total 230 9770 10000 96.40 (accuracy)
  • Precision ?? Recall ??

Evaluating Classifier Accuracy Holdout
Cross-Validation Methods
  • Holdout method
  • Given data is randomly partitioned into two
    independent sets
  • Training set (e.g., 2/3) for model construction
  • Test set (e.g., 1/3) for accuracy estimation
  • Random sampling a variation of holdout
  • Repeat holdout k times, accuracy avg. of the
    accuracies obtained
  • Cross-validation (k-fold, where k 10 is most
  • Randomly partition the data into k mutually
    exclusive subsets, each approximately equal size
  • At i-th iteration, use Di as test set and others
    as training set
  • Leave-one-out k folds where k of tuples, for
    small sized data

Evaluating Classifier Accuracy Bootstrap
  • Bootstrap
  • Works well with small data sets
  • Samples the given training tuples uniformly with
  • i.e., each time a tuple is selected, it is
    equally likely to be selected again and re-added
    to the training set
  • Examples used for training set can be used for
    test set too

Ensemble Methods Increasing the Accuracy
  • Ensemble methods
  • Use a combination of models to increase accuracy
  • Combine a series of k learned models, M1, M2, ,
    Mk, with the aim of creating an improved model M
  • Popular ensemble methods
  • Bagging, boosting, Ensemble

Classification of Class-Imbalanced Data Sets
  • Class-imbalance problem Rare positive example
    but numerous negative ones, e.g., medical
    diagnosis, fraud, oil-spill, fault, etc.
  • Traditional methods assume a balanced
    distribution of classes and equal error costs
    not suitable for class-imbalanced data
  • Typical methods for imbalance data in 2-class
  • Oversampling re-sampling of data from positive
  • Under-sampling randomly eliminate tuples from
    negative class

Model Selection ROC Curves
  • ROC (Receiver Operating Characteristics) curves
    for visual comparison of classification models
  • Originated from signal detection theory
  • Shows the trade-off between the true positive
    rate and the false positive rate
  • The area under the ROC curve is a measure of the
    accuracy of the model
  • Diagonal line for every TP, equally likely to
    encounter FP
  • The closer to the diagonal line (i.e., the closer
    the area is to 0.5), the less accurate is the
  • Vertical axis represents the true positive rate
  • Horizontal axis rep. the false positive rate
  • The plot also shows a diagonal line
  • A model with perfect accuracy will have an area
    of 1.0

Issues Affecting Model Selection
  • Accuracy
  • classifier accuracy predicting class label
  • Speed
  • time to construct the model (training time)
  • time to use the model (classification/prediction
  • Robustness handling noise and missing values
  • Scalability efficiency in disk-resident
  • Interpretability
  • understanding and insight provided by the model
  • Other measures, e.g., goodness of rules, such as
    decision tree size or compactness of
    classification rules

Comparison of Techniques
  • Comparison of Approaches

Model Interpretability ease of understanding
classification decisions
Model maintenability ease of modifying the model
in the presence of new training examples
Training cost computational cost for building a
Classification cost computational cost for
classifying an unseen record
Comparison of Techniques
  • Comparison of Approaches

Model Interpretability ease of understanding
classification decisions
Model maintenability ease of modifying the model
in the presence of new training examples
Training cost computational cost for building a
Classification cost computational cost for
classifying an unseen record
Decision Tree Induction in Weka
  • Overview
  • ID3 (only work for categorical attributes)
  • J48 (Java implementation of C4.5)
  • RandomTree (with K attributes)
  • RandomForest (a forest of random trees)
  • REPTree (regression tree with reduced error
  • BFTree (best-first tree, using Gain or Gini)
  • FT (functional tree, logistic regression as split
  • SimpleCart (CART with cost-complexity pruning)

Decision Tree Induction in Weka
  • Preparation

Pre-processing attributes if necessary
Specifying the class attribute
Selecting attributes
Decision Tree Induction in Weka
  • Constructing Classification Models (ID3)

1. Choosing a method and setting parameters
2. Setting a test option
4. View the model and evaluation results
3. Starting the process
5. Selecting the option to view the tree
Decision Tree Induction in Weka
  • J48 (unpruned tree)

Decision Tree Induction in Weka
  • RandomTree

Decision Tree Induction in Weka
  • Classifying Unseen Records
  • Preparing unseen records in an ARFF file

Class values are left as unknown (?)
Decision Tree Induction in Weka
  • Classifying Unseen Records
  • Classifying unseen records in the file
  1. Selecting this option and click Set button
  1. Press the button and load the file
  1. Press the button and load the file
  1. Press to start the classification

Decision Tree Induction in Weka
  • Classifying Unseen Records
  • Saving Classification Results into a file
  1. Setting both X and Y to instance_number
  1. Saving the results into a file
  1. Selecting the option to pop up visualisation

Decision Tree Induction in Weka
  • Classifying Unseen Records
  • Classification Results in an ARFF file

Class labels assinged
Comparison of Techniques
  • Comparison of Performance in Weka
  • A system module known as Experimenter
  • Designated for comparing performances on
    techniques for classification over a single or a
    collection of data sets
  • Data miners setting up an experiment with
  • Selected data set(s)
  • Selected algorithms(s) and times of repeated
  • Selected test option (e.g. cross validation)
  • Selected p value (indicating confidence)
  • Output accuracy rates of the algorithms
  • Pairwise comparison of algorithms with
    significant better and worse accuracy marked out.

Comparison of Techniques
  • Setting up Experiment in Weka

New or existing experiment
Choosing a Test options
Naming the file to store experiment results
No. of times each algorithm repeated
Adding data sets
Add an algorithm
The list of data sets selected
The list of selected algorithms
Comparison of Techniques
  • Experiment Results in Weka

Analysis method
Loading Experiment Data
Value of significance
Performing the Analysis
Results of Pairwise Comparisons
Classification in Practice
  • Process of a Classification Project
  • Locate data
  • Prepare data
  • Choose a classification method
  • Construct the model and tune the model
  • Measure its accuracy and go back to step 3 or 4
    until the accuracy is satisfactory
  • Further evaluate the model from other aspects
    such as complexity, comprehensibility, etc.
  • Deliver the model and test it in real
    environment. Further modify the model if

Classification in Practice
  • Data Preparation
  • Identify descriptive features (input attributes)
  • Identify or define the class
  • Determine the sizes of the training, validation
    and test sets
  • Select examples
  • Spread and coverage of classes
  • Spread and coverage of attribute values
  • Null values
  • Noisy data
  • Prepare the input values (categorical to
    continuous, continuous to categorical)

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