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Genetic programming for multiple-feature construction on high-dimensional classification

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posted on 10.12.2020, 02:32 by Binh Tran, Bing Xue, Mengjie Zhang
© 2019 Elsevier Ltd

Data representation is an important factor in deciding the performance of machine learning algorithms including classification. Feature construction (FC)can combine original features to form high-level ones that can help classification algorithms achieve better performance. Genetic programming (GP)has shown promise in FC due to its flexible representation. Most GP methods construct a single feature, which may not scale well to high-dimensional data. This paper aims at investigating different approaches to constructing multiple features and analysing their effectiveness, efficiency, and underlying behaviours to reveal the insight of multiple-feature construction using GP on high-dimensional data. The results show that multiple-feature construction achieves significantly better performance than single-feature construction. In multiple-feature construction, using multi-tree GP representation is shown to be more effective than using the single-tree GP thanks to the ability to consider the interaction of the newly constructed features during the construction process. Class-dependent constructed features achieve better performance than the class-independent ones. A visualisation of the constructed features also demonstrates the interpretability of the GP-based FC approach, which is important to many real-world applications.


This work was supported in part by the Marsden Fund of New Zealand Government under Contracts VUW1509 and VUW1615, Huawei Industry Fund E2880/3663, and the University Research Fund at Victoria University of Wellington 209862/3580, and 213150/3662.


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Pattern Recognition




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