How Your Supporters and Opponents Define Your Interestingness

  • Bruno Crémilleux
  • Arnaud Giacometti
  • Arnaud SouletEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11051)


How can one determine whether a data mining method extracts interesting patterns? The paper deals with this core question in the context of unsupervised problems with binary data. We formalize the quality of a data mining method by identifying patterns – the supporters and opponents – which are related to a pattern extracted by a method. We define a typology offering a global picture of the methods based on two complementary criteria to evaluate and interpret their interests. The quality of a data mining method is quantified via an evaluation complexity analysis based on the number of supporters and opponents of a pattern extracted by the method. We provide an experimental study on the evaluation of the quality of the methods.



The authors thank Albrecht Zimmermann for highly valuable discussions. This work has been partly supported by the QCM-BioChem project (CNRS Mastodons).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruno Crémilleux
    • 1
  • Arnaud Giacometti
    • 2
  • Arnaud Soulet
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Normandie Univ, UNICAEN, ENSICAEN, CNRS – UMR GREYCCaenFrance
  2. 2.Université de Tours – LIFAT EA 6300BloisFrance

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