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Issue No. 11 - November (2006 vol. 18)
ISSN: 1041-4347
pp: 1497-1511
Jianyong Wang , IEEE Computer Society
George Karypis , IEEE Computer Society
Many studies have shown that rule-based classifiers perform well in classifying categorical and sparse high-dimensional databases. However, a fundamental limitation with many rule-based classifiers is that they find the rules by employing various heuristic methods to prune the search space and select the rules based on the sequential database covering paradigm. As a result, the final set of rules that they use may not be the globally best rules for some instances in the training database. To make matters worse, these algorithms fail to fully exploit some more effective search space pruning methods in order to scale to large databases. In this paper, we present a new classifier, HARMONY, which directly mines the final set of classification rules. HARMONY uses an instance-centric rule-generation approach and it can assure that, for each training instance, one of the highest-confidence rules covering this instance is included in the final rule set, which helps in improving the overall accuracy of the classifier. By introducing several novel search strategies and pruning methods into the rule discovery process, HARMONY also has high efficiency and good scalability. Our thorough performance study with some large text and categorical databases has shown that HARMONY outperforms many well-known classifiers in terms of both accuracy and computational efficiency and scales well with regard to the database size.
Data mining, classification rule, instance-centric, classifier.

G. Karypis and J. Wang, "On Mining Instance-Centric Classification Rules," in IEEE Transactions on Knowledge & Data Engineering, vol. 18, no. , pp. 1497-1511, 2006.
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