Improving Classification and Attribute Clustering: An Iterative Semi-supervised Approach

Title: Improving Classification and Attribute Clustering: An Iterative Semi-supervised Approach
Authors: Seifi, Farid
Date: 2015
Abstract: This thesis proposes a novel approach to attribute clustering. It exploits the strength of semi-supervised learning to improve the quality of attribute clustering particularly when labeled data is limited. The significance of this work derives in part from the broad, and increasingly important, usage of attribute clustering to address outstanding problems within the machine learning community. This form of clustering has also been shown to have strong practical applications, being usable in heavyweight industrial applications. Although researchers have focused on supervised and unsupervised attribute clustering in recent years, semi-supervised attribute clustering has not received substantial attention. In this research, we propose an innovative two step iterative semi-supervised attribute clustering framework. This new framework, in each iteration, uses the result of attribute clustering to improve a classifier. It then uses the classifier to augment the training data used by attribute clustering in next iteration. This iterative framework outputs an improved classifier and attribute clustering at the same time. It gives more accurate clusters of attributes which better fit the real relations between attributes. In this study we proposed two new usages for attribute clustering to improve classification: solving the automatic view definition problem for multi-view learning and improving missing attribute-value handling at induction and prediction time. The application of these two new usages of attribute clustering in our proposed semi-supervised attribute clustering is evaluated using real world data sets from different domains.
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