An Efficient Polynomial Delay Algorithm for Pseudo Frequent Itemset Mining

  • Takeaki Uno
  • Hiroki Arimura
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4755)


Mining frequently appearing patterns in a database is a basic problem in informatics, especially in data mining. Particularly, when the input database is a collection of subsets of an itemset, the problem is called the frequent itemset mining problem, and has been extensively studied. In the real-world use, one of difficulties of frequent itemset mining is that real-world data is often incorrect, or missing some parts. It causes that some records which should include a pattern do not have it. To deal with real-world problems, one can use an ambiguous inclusion relation and find patterns which are mostly included in many records. However, computational difficulty have prevented such problems from being actively used in practice. In this paper, we use an alternative inclusion relation in which we consider an itemset P to be included in an itemset T if at most k items of P are not included in T, i.e., |P ∖ T| ≤ k. We address the problem of enumerating frequent itemsets under this inclusion relation and propose an efficient polynomial delay polynomial space algorithm. Moreover, To enable us to skip many small non-valuable frequent itemsets, we propose an algorithm for directly enumerating frequent itemsets of a certain size.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Takeaki Uno
    • 1
  • Hiroki Arimura
    • 2
  1. 1.National Institute of Informatics, 2-1-2, Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-8430Japan
  2. 2.Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Hokkaido University, Kita 14 Nishi 9, Sapporo 060-0814Japan

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