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Efficiently Identifying Exploratory Rules’ Significance

  • Shiying Huang
  • Geoffrey I. Webb
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3755)


How to efficiently discard potentially uninteresting rules in exploratory rule discovery is one of the important research foci in data mining. Many researchers have presented algorithms to automatically remove potentially uninteresting rules utilizing background knowledge and user-specified constraints. Identifying the significance of exploratory rules using a significance test is desirable for removing rules that may appear interesting by chance, hence providing the users with a more compact set of resulting rules. However, applying statistical tests to identify significant rules requires considerable computation and data access in order to obtain the necessary statistics. The situation gets worse as the size of the database increases. In this paper, we propose two approaches for improving the efficiency of significant exploratory rule discovery. We also evaluate the experimental effect in impact rule discovery which is suitable for discovering exploratory rules in very large, dense databases.


Exploratory rule discovery impact rule rule significance interestingness measure 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shiying Huang
    • 1
  • Geoffrey I. Webb
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Computer Science and Software EngineeringMonash UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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