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Towards Association Rules with Hidden Variables

  • Ricardo Silva
  • Richard Scheines
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4213)

Abstract

The mining of association rules can provide relevant and novel information to the data analyst. However, current techniques do not take into account that the observed associations may arise from variables that are unrecorded in the database. For instance, the pattern of answers in a large marketing survey might be better explained by a few latent traits of the population than by direct association among measured items. Techniques for mining association rules with hidden variables are still largely unexplored. This paper provides a sound methodology for finding association rules of the type HA 1, ..., A k , where H is a hidden variable inferred to exist by making suitable assumptions and A 1, ..., A k are discrete binary or ordinal variables in the database.

Keywords

Association Rule Latent Trait Hide Variable Association Rule Mining Latent Variable Model 
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Copyright information

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ricardo Silva
    • 1
  • Richard Scheines
    • 2
  1. 1.Gatsby UnitUniversity College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Machine Learning Department, Carnegie MellonPittsburghUSA

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