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Evaluating stability and comparing output of feature selectors that optimize feature subset cardinality.
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PMID:  20847385     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Stability (robustness) of feature selection methods is a topic of recent interest, yet often neglected importance, with direct impact on the reliability of machine learning systems. We investigate the problem of evaluating the stability of feature selection processes yielding subsets of varying size. We introduce several novel feature selection stability measures and adjust some existing measures in a unifying framework that offers broad insight into the stability problem. We study in detail the properties of considered measures and demonstrate on various examples what information about the feature selection process can be gained. We also introduce an alternative approach to feature selection evaluation in the form of measures that enable comparing the similarity of two feature selection processes. These measures enable comparing, e.g., the output of two feature selection methods or two runs of one method with different parameters. The information obtained using the considered stability and similarity measures is shown to be usable for assessing feature selection methods (or criteria) as such.
Petr Somol; Jana Novovicová
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  IEEE transactions on pattern analysis and machine intelligence     Volume:  32     ISSN:  1939-3539     ISO Abbreviation:  IEEE Trans Pattern Anal Mach Intell     Publication Date:  2010 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-09-17     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9885960     Medline TA:  IEEE Trans Pattern Anal Mach Intell     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1921-39     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Pattern Recognition, Institute of Information Theory and Automation of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic.
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