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|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||تعداد صفحات مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی|
|22057||2004||22 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید|
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Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Decision Support Systems, Volume 38, Issue 3, December 2004, Pages 451–472
This paper describes a novel data mining algorithm that employs cooperative coevolution and a hybrid approach to discover Bayesian networks from data. A Bayesian network is a graphical knowledge representation tool. However, learning Bayesian networks from data is a difficult problem. There are two different approaches to the network learning problem. The first one uses dependency analysis, while the second approach searches good network structures according to a metric. Unfortunately, the two approaches both have their own drawbacks. Thus, we propose a novel algorithm that combines the characteristics of these approaches to improve learning effectiveness and efficiency. The new learning algorithm consists of the conditional independence (CI) test and the search phases. In the CI test phase, dependency analysis is conducted to reduce the size of the search space. In the search phase, good Bayesian networks are generated by a cooperative coevolution genetic algorithm (GA). We conduct a number of experiments and compare the new algorithm with our previous algorithm, Minimum Description Length and Evolutionary Programming (MDLEP), which uses evolutionary programming (EP) for network learning. The results illustrate that the new algorithm has better performance. We apply the algorithm to a large real-world data set and compare the performance of the discovered Bayesian networks with that of the back-propagation neural networks and the logistic regression models. This study illustrates that the algorithm is a promising alternative to other data mining algorithms.
Data mining is defined as the nontrivial process of identifying valid, novel, potentially useful, and ultimately understandable patterns in data . The whole process of data mining consists of several steps. Firstly, the problem domain is analyzed to determine the objectives. Secondly, data is collected and an initial exploration is conducted to understand and verify the quality of the data. Thirdly, data preparation such as selection is made to extract relevant data sets from the database. The data is preprocessed to remove noise and to handle missing data values. Transformation may be performed to reduce the number of variables under consideration. A suitable data mining algorithm is then employed on the prepared data to discover knowledge represented in different representations such as decision trees, rules, and Bayesian networks. Finally, the result of data mining is interpreted and evaluated. If the discovered knowledge is not satisfactory, these steps will be iterated. The discovered knowledge is then applied in decision making. Recently, there is increasing interest in discovering knowledge represented in Bayesian networks , , ,  and  because Bayesian networks can handle incomplete data sets and facilitate the combination of domain knowledge and data. Moreover, Bayesian networks provide an efficient way for avoiding the over fitting problem and allow one to learn about causal relationships . In this paper, we propose a novel data mining algorithm that employs cooperative coevolution and a hybrid approach to learn knowledge represented in Bayesian networks from data. A Bayesian network is a graphical representation that depicts conditional independence (CI) among random variables in the domain and encodes the joint probability distribution. A Bayesian network is composed of a structure and a number of conditional probabilities as shown in Fig. 1. With a network at hand, probabilistic inference can be performed to predict the outcome of some variables based on the observations of others.1 In light of this, Bayesian networks are widely used in diagnostic and classification systems. For example, they are used for diagnosing diseases in muscles, nerve, and lymph nodes  and . Besides, they are also used in information retrieval  and printer troubleshooting problems .The main task of learning Bayesian networks from data is to automatically find directed edges between the nodes. Once the network structure is constructed, the conditional probabilities are readily calculated based on the data. In the literature, there are two main approaches to learning network structure from data . The first one is the dependency analysis approach  and . Since a Bayesian network describes conditional independence, we could make use of dependency test results to construct a Bayesian network structure that conforms to our findings. The second one, called the score-and-search approach ,  and , uses a metric to evaluate a candidate network structure. With the metric, a search algorithm is employed to find a network structure, which has the best score. Thus, the learning problem becomes a search problem. Unfortunately, the two approaches both have their own drawbacks. For the former approach, an exponential number of dependency tests should be performed. Moreover, some test results may be inaccurate . For the latter approach, since the search space is huge, some Bayesian network structure learning algorithms  apply greedy search heuristics, which may easily make the algorithms get stuck in a local optimum . In this work, a hybrid approach is developed for the network structure learning problem. Simply put, dependency analysis results are used to reduce the search space of the score-and-search process. With such reduction, the search process would take less time for finding the optimal solution. A modular decomposition evolutionary search approach, cooperative coevolution ,  and , is employed to search for good Bayesian network structures. Our new algorithm for learning Bayesian network structures is called Cooperative Coevolution Genetic Algorithm (CCGA). We have conducted a number of experiments and compared CCGA with our previous algorithm, Minimum Description Length and Evolutionary Programming (MDLEP). The empirical results illustrate that CCGA outperforms MDLEP. Moreover, it is found that CCGA executes much faster than MDLEP, which is very important for real-world applications. We evaluate CCGA on a real-world data set of direct marketing and compare the performance of the discovered Bayesian networks with that of the back-propagation neural networks and the logistic regression models. This paper is organized as follows. In Section 2, we present the backgrounds of Bayesian networks, the Minimum Description Length (MDL) metric and cooperative coevolution. Different methods of applying evolutionary computation to learn Bayesian network structures are presented in Section 3. In Section 4, we describe our algorithm in detail. In Section 5, we present a comparison between the new algorithm and our previous algorithm (MDLEP) together with a parameter study. In Section 6, we apply the algorithms to a data set of direct marketing and compare the performance of different models. We conclude the paper in Section 7.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
In this paper, we describe a new algorithm, CCGA, for learning Bayesian networks effectively and efficiently. CCGA combines the characteristics of the dependency analysis and the search-and-scoring approaches. It consists of the CI test and the search phases. Dependency analysis is conducted in the first phase to reduce the size of the search space, while a cooperative coevolution genetic algorithm is used in the second phase to generate good Bayesian networks. The algorithm has been tested on a number of Bayesian networks learning problems to show that it can discover good Bayesian networks. We have compared CCGA with MDLEP and found that CCGA is much more effective and efficient. With an effective and efficient algorithm, it enables us to explore interesting applications of Bayesian networks on real-world data mining problems. We have also performed a parameter study to investigate the performance of CCGA under different parameter settings. We have employed CCGA to a real-world data set of direct marketing and compared the Bayesian networks obtained by CCGA with the back-propagation neural networks and the logistic regression models. For this data set, the Bayesian networks outperform the other models. This study shows that CCGA can potentially become a powerful and efficient data mining tool.