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#### Efficient Feature Selection by Reducing Redundant Features From High Dimensional Data Using Clustering

Nandini N,PG Student Department of Computer Science AMC Engineering College Bangalore, India nandini.bms07@gmail.com

Doddegowda B J, Assoc. Prof. Department of Computer Science AMC Engineering College Bangalore, India bjdgowda10@gmail.com

Abstract-

Feature selection, as a preprocessing step to machine learning, is effective in reducing dimensionality, removing irrelevant data, in-creasing learning accuracy, and improving result comprehensibility. However, the re-cent increase of dimensionality of data poses a severe challenge to many existing feature selection methods with respect to efficiency and effectiveness. Based on this criteria Redundancy feature reduction algorithm is proposed. The RFR (Redundancy Feature Reduction) algorithms works in two steps. In the first step, features are divided into clusters by using graph-theoretic clustering methods. In the second step, the most representative feature that is strongly related to target classes is selected from each cluster to form a subset of features. Features in different clusters are relatively independent; the clustering-based strategy of RFR has a high probability of producing a subset of useful and independent features. The real-world high-dimensional image, microarray, and text data are given as input to the algorithm. To ensure efficiency we adopt the efficient minimum-spanning tree clustering method. Finally this algorithm will be able produce good set of feature subset from high dimensional data sets using clustering method.

Keywords: RFR; Feature subset selection; correlation; graph-theoretic, cluster analysis.

I INTRODUCTION

The performance, robustness, and usefulness of classification algorithms are improved when relatively few features are involved in the classification. Thus, selecting relevant features for the construction of classifiers has received a great deal of attention. With the aim of choosing a subset of good features with respect to the target concepts, feature subset selection is an effective way for reducing dimensionality, removing irrelevant data, increasing learning accuracy, and improving result comprehensibility. Many feature subset selection methods have been proposed and studied for machine learning applications. They can be divided into four broad categories: the Embedded, Wrapper, Filter, and Hybrid approaches. The embedded methods incorporate feature selection as a part of the training process and are usually specific to given learning algorithms, and therefore may be more efficient than the other three categories. Traditional machine learning algorithms like decision trees or, artificial neural networks are examples of embedded

approaches. The wrapper methods use the predictive accuracy of a predetermined learning algorithm to determine the goodness of the selected sub-sets, the accuracy of the learning algorithms is usually high.

However, the generality of the selected features is limited and the computational complexity is large. The filter methods are independent of learning algorithms; with good generality.

In filter feature selection methods, the application of cluster analysis has been demonstrated to be more effective than traditional feature selection algorithms. In cluster analysis, graph-theoretic methods have been well studied and used in many applications. Their results have, sometimes, the best agreement with human performance. The general graph- theoretic clustering is simple: compute a neighborhood graph of instances, then delete any edge in the graph that is much longer /shorter than its neighbors. The result is a forest and each tree in the forest represents a cluster. In our study, we apply graph-theoretic clustering methods to features. In particular, we adopt the minimum spanning tree based clustering algorithms which is efficient.

Based on the MST method, a Redundancy Feature Reduction for High-dimensional Data using Clustering algorithm is proposed. The RFR algorithm works in two steps. In the first step, features are divided into clusters by using graph-theoretic clustering methods. In the second step, the most representative feature that is strongly related to target classes is selected from each cluster to form the final subset of features. Features in different clusters are relatively independent; the clustering based strategy of RFR has a high probability of producing a subset of useful and independent features.

PRIOR WORK

Feature subset selection can be viewed as the process of identifying and removing as many irrelevant and redundant features as possible. This is because 1) irrelevant features do not contribute to the predictive accuracy, and 2) redundant features do not redound to getting a better predictor for that they provide mostly information which is already present in other feature(s).Of the many feature subset selection algorithms, some can effectively eliminate irrelevant features but fail to handle redundant features, yet some of others can

eliminate the irrelevant while taking care of the redundant features. Our proposed RFR algorithm falls into the second group.

Feature subset selection research has focused on searching for relevant features. An example is Relief, which weighs each feature according to its ability to discriminate instances under different targets based on distance-based criteria function. Relief is ineffective at removing redundant features as two predictive but highly correlated features are likely both to be highly weighted. Relief-F extends Relief, enabling this method to work with noisy and incomplete data sets and to deal with multiclass problems, but still cannot identify redundant features.

With irrelevant features, redundant features also affect the speed and accuracy of learning algorithms, and thus should be eliminated as well [5] [4] [3]. CFS [2] FCBF [6] and CMIM

is greater than a predetermined threshold then Fi is a strong T-Relevance feature.

Definition 2 (F-Correlation). The correlation between any pair of features Fi and Fj, (Fi, Fj F ^ i j) is called the F- Correlation of Fi and Fj, and denoted by SU(Fi, Fj).

Definition 3 (F-Redundancy). Let S = {F1, F2 . . . Fi . . . Fk<|F|} be a cluster of features. If for every Fj S, SU (Fj, C) SU (Fi, C) ^ SU (Fi, Fj) > SU (Fi, C) is always corrected for each Fi S (i j), then Fi are redundant features with respect to the given Fj (i.e., each Fi is a F-Redundancy).

Definition 4 (R-Feature). A feature Fi S = {F1, F2 . . . Fk} (k< |F|) is a representative feature of the cluster S (i.e., Fi is a R-Feature) if and only if, Fi = argmaxFjS SU (Fj, C).

are examples that take into consideration the redundant features. CFS [2] is achieved by the hypothesis that a good feature subset is one that contains features highly correlated with the target, still uncorrelated with each other. FCBF ([6] [7]) is a fast filter method which can identify relevant features as well as redundancy among relevant features without pair wise correlation analysis. CMIM [22] iteratively picks features which maximize their mutual information with the class to predict, conditionally to the response of any feature already picked. Different from these algorithms, proposed RFR algorithm employs the clustering-based method to choose features.

Bio-Informatics Data set

Irrelevant

feature

removal

Construction of minimum spanning tree using prims/kruskal algorithm

PROPOSED WORK

Feature subset selection sould be able to identify and remove as much of the irrelevant and redundant information as possible. Good feature subsets contain features highly correlated with the class, but uncorrelated with each other. Based on this, a novel algorithm is developed, which can efficiently and effectively deal with both irrelevant and redundant features, and obtain a good feature subset. This is achieve this through a new feature selection framework which composed of the two connected components of irrelevant feature removal and redundant feature elimination. The former obtains features relevant to the target concept by eliminating irrelevant ones, and latter removes redundant features from relevant ones via choosing representatives from different feature clusters, and thus produces the final subset.

The main objective is to improve efficiency and effectiveness of the feature selection process ,improve the classification performance and also to remove the redundant features.

The irrelevant feature removal is straightforward once the right relevance measure is defined or selected, while the redundant feature elimination is a bit tedious. In the proposed RFR algorithm, it involves 1) the construction of the minimum spanning tree from a weighted complete graph; 2) the partitioning of the MST into a forest with each tree representing a cluster; and 3) the selection of representative features from the clusters.

Definition 1 (T-Relevance). The relevance between the feature Fi F and the target concept C is referred to as the T- Relevance of Fi and C, and denoted by SU(Fi C).If SU(Fi, C)

Tree partitioning

Final Features subset

Representative Selection

Fig-1 Detailed description of proposed work

METHODOLOGY

Load Data and Classify

Load the data into the process. The data has to be preprocessed for removing missing values, noise and outliers. Then the given dataset must be converted into the arff format which is the standard format for WEKA toolkit. From the arff format, only the attributes and the values are extracted and stored into the database. By considering the last column of the dataset as the class attribute and select the distinct class labels from that and classify the entire dataset with respect to class labels.

Information Gain Computation

Relevant features have strong correlation with target concept and necessary for a best subset, but redundant features are not because their values are completely correlated with each other. Thus, notions of feature redundancy and feature relevance are normally in terms of feature correlation and feature-target concept correlation. To find the relevance of each attribute with the class label, Information gain is computed in this module. This is also said to be Mutual Information measure.

Mutual information measures how much the distribution of the feature values and target classes differ from statistical independence. This is a nonlinear estimation of correlation between feature values or feature values and target classes. The symmetric uncertainty (SU) is derived from the mutual information by normalizing it to the entropies of feature values or feature values and target classes, and has been used to evaluate the goodness of features for classification.

T-Relevance

The relevance between the feature Fi F and the target concept C is referred to as the T-Relevance of Fi and C, and denoted by SU (Fi, C). If SU (Fi, C) is greater than a predetermined threshold, then it is implied that Fi is a strong T-Relevance feature. After finding the relevance value, the redundant attributes will be removed with respect to the threshold value.

F-Correlation

The correlation between any pair of features Fi and Fj (Fi, Fj

^ F ^ i j) is called the F-Correlation of Fi and Fj, and denoted by SU (Fi, Fj). The equation symmetric uncertainty which is used for finding the relevance between the attribute and the class is again applied to find the similarity between two attributes with respect to each label.

MST Construction

With the F-Correlation value computed, the Minimum Spanning tree is constructed. Tree is constructed using, Kruskal algorithm, which form MST effectively. Kruskal algorithm is a greedy algorithm in graph theory that finds a minimum spanning tree for a connected weighted graph. This means it finds a subset of the edges that forms a tree that includes every vertex, where the total weight of all the edges in the tree is minimized. If the graph is not connected, then it finds a minimum spanning forest (a minimum spanning tree for each connected component).

Description:

Create a forest F (a set of trees), where each vertex in the graph is a separate tree.

Create a set S containing all the edges in the graph

While S is nonempty and F is not yet spanning

remove an edge with minimum weight from S

if that edge connects two different trees, then add it to the forest, combining two trees into a single tree

Otherwise discard that edge.

At the termination of the algorithm, the forest forms a minimum spanning forest of the graph. If the graph is connected, the forest has a single component and forms a minimum spanning tree.

The sample tree is as shown in the figure,

In this tree, the vertices represent the relevance value and edges represent the F-Correlation value. The complete graph G reflects the correlations among all the target-relevant features. Unfortunately, graph G has k vertices and k (k-1)/2 edges. For high-dimensional data, it is heavily dense and the edges with different weights are strongly interwoven. Moreover, the decomposition of complete graph is NP-hard.

So for graph G, an MST is built, which connects all vertices such that the sum of the weights of the edges is the minimum, using the well known Kruskal algorithm. The weight of edge (Fi`, Fj`) is F-Correlation SU (Fi`,Fj`).

Cluster Formation

After building the MST, in the third step, we first remove the edges whose weights are smaller than both of the T- Relevance SU (Fi`, C) and SU (Fj`, C), from the MST. After removing all the unnecessary edges, a forest is obtained. Each tree Tj Forest represents a cluster that is denoted as V (Tj), which is the vertex set of Tj as well. As illustrated above, the features in each cluster are redundant, so for each cluster V (Tj) we choose a representative feature Fj, where T- Relevance SU (Fj R, C) is the greatest.

Table 1: Computation of Relevant and Redundancy Features

Feature

Formula

Symmetric Uncertainty

SU(X,Y)= 2*Gain(X|Y)/H(X)+H(Y)

Entropy

H(X)= – p( x) log2 p( x)

xX

Conditional Entropy

H(X|Y)= – p( y) p( x | y) log2 p( x | y)

yY xX

Gain

Gain(X|Y)=H(X)-H(Y)

=H(Y)-H(Y|X)

CONCLUSION.

In this paper, a novel clustering-based feature subset selection algorithm for high dimensional data is proposed. The algorithm involves 1) removing irrelevant features, 2) constructing a minimum spanning tree from relative ones, and

3) partitioning the MST and selecting representative features. In the proposed algorithm, cluster method is used, in which each cluster consists of features and each cluster is treated as a single feature and thus dimensionality is drastically reduced.

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