Journal of Computer Science and Technology

, Volume 16, Issue 6, pp 489–504

Reduction algorithms based on discernibility matrix: The ordered attributes method

Regular Papers

DOI: 10.1007/BF02943234

Cite this article as:
Wang, J. & Wang, J. J. Comput. Sci. & Technol. (2001) 16: 489. doi:10.1007/BF02943234


In this paper, we present reduction algorithms based on the principle of Skowron’s discernibility matrix — the ordered attributes method. The completeness of the algorithms for Pawlak reduct and the uniqueness for a given order of the attributes are proved. Since a discernibility matrix requires the size of the memory of |U|2,U is a universe of objects, it would be impossible to apply these algorithms directly to a massive object set. In order to solve the problem, a so-called quasi-discernibility matrix and two reduction algorithms are proposed. Although the proposed algorithms are incomplete for Pawlak reduct, their optimal paradigms ensure the completeness as long as they satisfy some conditions. Finally, we consider the problem on the reduction of distributive object sets.


rough set theory principle of discernibility matrix inductive machine learning 

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© Science Press, Beijing China and Allerton Press Inc. 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of AutomationThe Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingP.R. China
  2. 2.Institute of SoftwareThe Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingP.R. China

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