Fuzzy Technology

Volume 335 of the series Studies in Fuzziness and Soft Computing pp 73-84


Significant Frequent Item Sets Via Pattern Spectrum Filtering

  • Christian BorgeltAffiliated withEuropean Centre for Soft Computing Email author 
  • , David Picado-MuiñoAffiliated withEuropean Centre for Soft Computing

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Frequent item set mining often suffers from the grave problem that the number of frequent item sets can be huge, even if they are restricted to closed or maximal item sets: in some cases the size of the output can even exceed the size of the transaction database to analyze. In order to overcome this problem, several approaches have been suggested that try to reduce the output by statistical assessments so that only significant frequent item sets (or association rules derived from them) are reported. In this paper we propose a new method along these lines, which combines data randomization with so-called pattern spectrum filtering, as it has been developed for neural spike train analysis. The former serves the purpose to implicitly represent the null hypothesis of independent items, while the latter helps to cope with the multiple testing problem resulting from a statistical evaluation of found patterns.