, Volume 4, Issue 2-3, pp 217-240

Constraint-Based Rule Mining in Large, Dense Databases

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Constraint-based rule miners find all rules in a given data-set meeting user-specified constraints such as minimum support and confidence. We describe a new algorithm that directly exploits all user-specified constraints including minimum support, minimum confidence, and a new constraint that ensures every mined rule offers a predictive advantage over any of its simplifications. Our algorithm maintains efficiency even at low supports on data that is dense (e.g. relational tables). Previous approaches such as Apriori and its variants exploit only the minimum support constraint, and as a result are ineffective on dense data due to a combinatorial explosion of “frequent itemsets”.