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Efficient Implementations of Apriori and Eclat

By Christian Borgelt


Apriori and Eclat are the best-known basic algorithms for mining frequent item sets in a set of transactions. In this paper I describe implementations of these two algorithms that use several optimizations to achieve maximum performance, w.r.t. both execution time and memory usage. The Apriori implementation is based on a prefix tree representation of the needed counters and uses a doubly recursive scheme to count the transactions. The Eclat implementation uses (sparse) bit matrices to represent transactions lists and to filter closed and maximal item sets. 1

Year: 2003
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