Volume 50, Number 2, April-June 2016
Special issue: Recent Advances in Operations Research in Computational Biology, Bioinformatics and Medicine
|Page(s)||437 - 449|
|Published online||28 March 2016|
Optimal discretization and selection of features by association rates of joint distributions
1 Institute for System Analysis and
Computer Science “Antonio Ruberti”, National Research Council of Italy, Via dei Taurini 19,
2 Department of Engineering, Uninettuno International University, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 39, 00186 Rome, Italy.
Accepted: 21 September 2015
In this paper we propose a new method to measure the contribution of discretized features for supervised learning and discuss its applications to biological data analysis. We restrict the description and the experiments to the most representative case of discretization in two intervals and of samples belonging to two classes. In order to test the validity of the method, we measured the abundance of different explanatory models that can be derived from a given set of binary features. We compare the performances of our algorithm with those of popular feature selection methods, over three different publicly available gene expression data sets. The results of the comparison are in favour of the proposed method.
Mathematics Subject Classification: 62H30
Key words: Features selection / discretization / data mining
© EDP Sciences, ROADEF, SMAI 2016
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