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To select or to weigh: A comparative study of model selection and model weighing for SPODE ensembles

By Ying Yang, Geoff Webb, Jesús Cerquides, Kevin Korb, Janice Boughton and Kai Ming Ting


An ensemble of Super-parent-one-dependence Estimators (SPODEs) offers a powerful yet simple alternative to naive Bayes classifiers, achieving significantly higher classification accuracy at a moderate cost in classification efficiency. Currently there exist two families of methodologies that ensemble candidate SPODEs for classification. One is to select only helpful SPODEs and uniformly average their probability estimates, a type of model selection. Another is to assign a weight to each SPODE and linearly combine their probability estimates, a methodology named model weighing. This paper presents a theoretical and empirical study comparing model selection and model weighing for ensembling SPODEs. The focus is on maximizing the ensemble’s classification accuracy while minimizing its computational time. A number of representative selection and weighing schemes are studied, providing a comprehensive research on this topic and identifying effective schemes that provide alternative trades-off between speed and expected error

Publisher: Springer
Year: 2006
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