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An ilp-based concept discovery system for multi-relational data mining

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2009
Kavurucu, Yusuf
Multi Relational Data Mining has become popular due to the limitations of propositional problem definition in structured domains and the tendency of storing data in relational databases. However, as patterns involve multiple relations, the search space of possible hypothesis becomes intractably complex. In order to cope with this problem, several relational knowledge discovery systems have been developed employing various search strategies, heuristics and language pattern limitations. In this thesis, Inductive Logic Programming (ILP) based concept discovery is studied and two systems based on a hybrid methodology employing ILP and APRIORI, namely Confidence-based Concept Discovery and Concept Rule Induction System, are proposed. In Confidence-based Concept Discovery and Concept Rule Induction System, the main aim is to relax the strong declarative biases and user-defined specifications. Moreover, this new method directly works on relational databases. In addition to this, the traditional definition of confidence from relational database perspective is modified to express Closed World Assumption in first-order logic. A new confidence-based pruning method based on the improved definition is applied in the APRIORI lattice. Moreover, a new hypothesis evaluation criterion is used for expressing the quality of patterns in the search space. In addition to this, in Concept Rule Induction System, the constructed rule quality is further improved by using an improved generalization metod. Finally, a set of experiments are conducted on real-world problems to evaluate the performance of the proposed method with similar systems in terms of support and confidence.