Efficient Feature Selection for PTR-MS Fingerprinting of Agroindustrial Products
We recently introduced the Random Forest - Recursive Feature Elimination (RF-RFE) algorithm for feature selection. In this paper we apply it to the identification of relevant features in the spectra (fingerprints) produced by Proton Transfer Reaction - Mass Spectrometry (PTR-MS) analysis of four agro-industrial products (two datasets with cultivars of Berries and other two with typical cheeses, all from North Italy). The method is compared with the more traditional Support Vector Machine - Recursive Feature Elimination (SVM-RFE), extended to allow multiclass problems. Using replicated experiments we estimate unbiased generalization errors for both methods. We analyze the stability of the two methods and find that RF-RFE is more stable than SVM-RFE in selecting small subsets of features. Our results also show that RF-RFE outperforms SVM-RFE on the task of finding small subsets of features with high discrimination levels on PTR-MS datasets.
KeywordsSupport Vector Machine Feature Selection Feature Selection Method Recursive Feature Elimination Feature Selection Process
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