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Decision Trees for Uncertain Data

A. Pandian, J. Venkata Subramanian, S. Balamanikandan


Classification based on decision trees is one of the
important problems in data mining and has applications in many fields. In recent years, database systems have become highly distributed, and distributed system paradigms such as federated and peer-to-peer databases are being adopted. In this paper, we consider the problem of inducing decision trees in a large distributed network of high dimensional databases. Our work is motivated by the existence of distributed databases in healthcare and in bioinformatics, and by the vision that these databases are soon to contain large amounts of genomic data, characterized by its high dimensionality. Current decision tree algorithms would require high communication bandwidth when executed on such data, which is not likely to exist in large-scale distributed systems. We present an algorithm that sharply reduces the communication overhead by sending just a fraction of the
statistical data. A fraction which is nevertheless sufficient to derive the exact same decision tree learned by a sequential learner on all the data in the network. Value uncertainty arises in many applications during the data collection process. Example sources of uncertainty include
measurement/quantization errors, data staleness, and multiple repeated measurements. With uncertainty, the value of a data item is often represented not by one single value, but by multiple values forming a probability distribution. Rather than abstracting uncertain data by statistical derivatives (such as mean and median), we discover that the
accuracy of a decision tree classifier can be much improved if the ―complete information‖ of a data item (taking into account the probability density function (pdf)) is utilized. We extend classical decision tree building algorithms to handle data tuples with uncertain values. Extensive experiments have been conducted that show that the resulting classifiers are more accurate than those using value averages.
Since processing pdf’s is computationally more costly than processingsingle values


Data Mining Distributed Algorithms, Decision Trees, Classification, High Dimension Data.

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