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Chapter 2: Data Preprocessing

- Why preprocess the data?
- Data cleaning
- Data integration and transformation
- Data reduction
- Discretization and concept hierarchy generation
- Summary

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Data Reduction Strategies

- Why data reduction?
- A database/data warehouse may store terabytes of data
- Complex data analysis/mining may take a very long time to run on the complete data set
- Data reduction
- Obtain a reduced representation of the data set that is much smaller in volume but yet produce the same (or almost the same) analytical results
- Data reduction strategies
- Data cube aggregation:
- Dimensionality reduction — e.g.,remove unimportant attributes
- Data Compression
- Numerosity reduction — e.g.,fit data into models
- Discretization and concept hierarchy generation

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Data Cube Aggregation

- The lowest level of a data cube (base cuboid)
- The aggregated data for an individual entity of interest
- E.g., a customer in a phone calling data warehouse
- Multiple levels of aggregation in data cubes
- Further reduce the size of data to deal with
- Reference appropriate levels
- Use the smallest representation which is enough to solve the task
- Queries regarding aggregated information should be answered using data cube, when possible

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Attribute Subset Selection

- Feature selection (i.e., attribute subset selection):
- Select a minimum set of features such that the probability distribution of different classes given the values for those features is as close as possible to the original distribution given the values of all features
- reduce # of patterns in the patterns, easier to understand
- Heuristic methods (due to exponential # of choices):
- Step-wise forward selection
- Step-wise backward elimination
- Combining forward selection and backward elimination
- Decision-tree induction

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Example of Decision Tree Induction

Initial attribute set:

{A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6}

A4 ?

A6?

A1?

Class 2

Class 2

Class 1

Class 1

Reduced attribute set: {A1, A4, A6}

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Heuristic Feature Selection Methods

- There are 2dpossible sub-features of d features
- Several heuristic feature selection methods:
- Best single features under the feature independence assumption: choose by significance tests
- Best step-wise feature selection:
- The best single-feature is picked first
- Then next best feature condition to the first, ...
- Step-wise feature elimination:
- Repeatedly eliminate the worst feature
- Best combined feature selection and elimination
- Optimal branch and bound:
- Use feature elimination and backtracking

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Data Compression

- String compression
- There are extensive theories and well-tuned algorithms
- Typically lossless
- But only limited manipulation is possible without expansion
- Audio/video compression
- Typically lossy compression, with progressive refinement
- Sometimes small fragments of signal can be reconstructed without reconstructing the whole
- Time sequence is not audio
- Typically short and vary slowly with time

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Data Compression

Original Data

Compressed

Data

lossless

Original Data

Approximated

lossy

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Dimensionality Reduction

- Curse of dimensionality
- When dimensionality increases, data becomes increasingly sparse
- Density and distance between points, which is critical to clustering, outlier analysis, becomes less meaningful
- The possible combinations of subspaces will grow exponentially
- Dimensionality reduction
- Avoid the curse of dimensionality
- Help eliminate irrelevant features and reduce noise
- Reduce time and space required in data mining
- Allow easier visualization
- Dimensionality reduction techniques
- Principal component analysis
- Singular value decomposition
- Supervised and nonlinear techniques (e.g., feature selection)

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Dimensionality Reduction: Principal Component Analysis (PCA)- Find a projection that captures the largest amount of variation in data
- Find the eigenvectors of the covariance matrix, and these eigenvectors define the new space

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Principal Component Analysis (Steps)

- Given N data vectors from n-dimensions, find k ≤ n orthogonal vectors (principal components) that can be best used to represent data
- Normalize input data: Each attribute falls within the same range
- Compute k orthonormal (unit) vectors, i.e., principal components
- Each input data (vector) is a linear combination of the k principal component vectors
- The principal components are sorted in order of decreasing “significance” or strength
- Since the components are sorted, the size of the data can be reduced by eliminating the weak components, i.e., those with low variance (i.e., using the strongest principal components, it is possible to reconstruct a good approximation of the original data)
- Works for numeric data only

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Feature Subset Selection

- Another way to reduce dimensionality of data
- Redundant features
- duplicate much or all of the information contained in one or more other attributes
- E.g., purchase price of a product and the amount of sales tax paid
- Irrelevant features
- contain no information that is useful for the data mining task at hand
- E.g., students' ID is often irrelevant to the task of predicting students' GPA

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Heuristic Search in Feature Selection

- There are 2d possible feature combinations of d features
- Typical heuristic feature selection methods:
- Best single features under the feature independence assumption: choose by significance tests
- Best step-wise feature selection:
- The best single-feature is picked first
- Then next best feature condition to the first, ...
- Step-wise feature elimination:
- Repeatedly eliminate the worst feature
- Best combined feature selection and elimination
- Optimal branch and bound:
- Use feature elimination and backtracking

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Feature Creation

- Create new attributes that can capture the important information in a data set much more efficiently than the original attributes
- Three general methodologies
- Feature extraction
- domain-specific
- Mapping data to new space (see: data reduction)
- E.g., Fourier transformation, wavelet transformation
- Feature construction
- Combining features
- Data discretization

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Mapping Data to a New Space

- Fourier transform
- Wavelet transform

Two Sine Waves

Two Sine Waves + Noise

Frequency

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Numerosity (Data) Reduction

- Reduce data volume by choosing alternative, smaller forms of data representation
- Parametric methods (e.g., regression)
- Assume the data fits some model, estimate model parameters, store only the parameters, and discard the data (except possible outliers)
- Example: Log-linear models—obtain value at a point in m-D space as the product on appropriate marginal subspaces
- Non-parametric methods
- Do not assume models
- Major families: histograms, clustering, sampling

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Parametric Data Reduction: Regression and Log-Linear Models

- Linear regression: Data are modeled to fit a straight line
- Often uses the least-square method to fit the line
- Multiple regression: allows a response variable Y to be modeled as a linear function of multidimensional feature vector
- Log-linear model: approximates discrete multidimensional probability distributions

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Regress Analysis and Log-Linear Models

- Linear regression: Y = w X + b
- Two regression coefficients, w and b, specify the line and are to be estimated by using the data at hand
- Using the least squares criterion to the known values of Y1, Y2, …, X1, X2, ….
- Multiple regression: Y = b0 + b1 X1 + b2 X2.
- Many nonlinear functions can be transformed into the above
- Log-linear models:
- The multi-way table of joint probabilities is approximated by a product of lower-order tables
- Probability: p(a, b, c, d) = abacad bcd

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Data Reduction: Histograms

- Divide data into buckets and store average (sum) for each bucket
- Partitioning rules:
- Equal-width: equal bucket range
- Equal-frequency (or equal-depth)
- V-optimal: with the least histogram variance (weighted sum of the original values that each bucket represents)
- MaxDiff: set bucket boundary between each pair for pairs have the β–1 largest differences

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Data Reduction Method: Clustering

- Partition data set into clusters based on similarity, and store cluster representation (e.g., centroid and diameter) only
- Can be very effective if data is clustered but not if data is “smeared”
- Can have hierarchical clustering and be stored in multi-dimensional index tree structures
- There are many choices of clustering definitions and clustering algorithms
- Cluster analysis will be studied in depth in Chapter 7

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Data Reduction Method: Sampling

- Sampling: obtaining a small sample s to represent the whole data set N
- Allow a mining algorithm to run in complexity that is potentially sub-linear to the size of the data
- Key principle: Choose a representative subset of the data
- Simple random sampling may have very poor performance in the presence of skew
- Develop adaptive sampling methods, e.g., stratified sampling:
- Note: Sampling may not reduce database I/Os (page at a time)

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Types of Sampling

- Simple random sampling
- There is an equal probability of selecting any particular item
- Sampling without replacement
- Once an object is selected, it is removed from the population
- Sampling with replacement
- A selected object is not removed from the population
- Stratified sampling:
- Partition the data set, and draw samples from each partition (proportionally, i.e., approximately the same percentage of the data)
- Used in conjunction with skewed data

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Sampling: With or without Replacement

SRSWOR

(simple random

sample without

replacement)

SRSWR

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Sampling: Cluster or Stratified Sampling

Cluster/Stratified Sample

Raw Data

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Data Reduction: Discretization

- Three types of attributes:
- Nominal — values from an unordered set, e.g., color, profession
- Ordinal — values from an ordered set, e.g., military or academic rank
- Continuous — real numbers, e.g., integer or real numbers
- Discretization:
- Divide the range of a continuous attribute into intervals
- Some classification algorithms only accept categorical attributes.
- Reduce data size by discretization
- Prepare for further analysis

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Discretization and Concept Hierarchy

- Discretization
- Reduce the number of values for a given continuous attribute by dividing the range of the attribute into intervals
- Interval labels can then be used to replace actual data values
- Supervised vs. unsupervised
- Split (top-down) vs. merge (bottom-up)
- Discretization can be performed recursively on an attribute
- Concept hierarchy formation
- Recursively reduce the data by collecting and replacing low level concepts (such as numeric values for age) by higher level concepts (such as young, middle-aged, or senior)

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Discretization and Concept Hierarchy Generation for Numeric Data

- Typical methods: All the methods can be applied recursively
- Binning (covered above)
- Top-down split, unsupervised,
- Histogram analysis (covered above)
- Top-down split, unsupervised
- Clustering analysis (covered above)
- Either top-down split or bottom-up merge, unsupervised
- Entropy-based discretization: supervised, top-down split
- Interval merging by 2 Analysis: unsupervised, bottom-up merge
- Segmentation by natural partitioning: top-down split, unsupervised

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Entropy-based Discretization

- Using Entropy-based measure for attribute selection
- Ex. Decision tree construction
- Generalize the idea for discretization numerical attributes

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Definition of Entropy

- Entropy
- Example: Coin Flip
- AX = {heads, tails}
- P(heads) = P(tails) = ½
- ½ log2(½) = ½ * - 1
- H(X) = 1
- What about a two-headed coin?
- Conditional Entropy:

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Entropy

- Entropy measures the amount of information in a random variable; it’s the average length of the message needed to transmit an outcome of that variable using the optimal code
- Uncertainty, Surprise, Information
- “High Entropy” means X is from a uniform (boring) distribution
- “Low Entropy” means X is from a varied (peaks and valleys) distribution

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Playing Tennis

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Choosing an Attribute

- We want to make decisions based on one of the attributes
- There are four attributes to choose from:
- Outlook
- Temperature
- Humidity
- Wind

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Example:

- What is Entropy of play?
- -5/14*log2(5/14) – 9/14*log2(9/14)= Entropy(5/14,9/14) = 0.9403
- Now based on Outlook, divided the set into three subsets, compute the entropy for each subset
- The expected conditional entropy is:5/14 * Entropy(3/5,2/5) +4/14 * Entropy(1,0) +5/14 * Entropy(3/5,2/5) = 0.6935

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Outlook Continued

- The expected conditional entropy is:5/14 * Entropy(3/5,2/5) +4/14 * Entropy(1,0) +5/14 * Entropy(3/5,2/5) = 0.6935
- So IG(Outlook) = 0.9403 – 0.6935 = 0.2468
- We seek an attribute that makes partitions as pure as possible

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Temperature

- Now let us look at the attribute Temperature
- The expected conditional entropy is:4/14 * Entropy(2/4,2/4) +6/14 * Entropy(4/6,2/6) +4/14 * Entropy(3/4,1/4) = 0.9111
- So IG(Temperature) = 0.9403 – 0.9111 = 0.0292

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Humidity

- Now let us look at attribute Humidity
- What is the expected conditional entropy?
- 7/14 * Entropy(4/7,3/7) +7/14 * Entropy(6/7,1/7) = 0.7885
- So IG(Humidity) = 0.9403 – 0.7885= 0.1518

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Wind

- What is the information gain for wind?
- Expected conditional entropy:8/14 * Entropy(6/8,2/8) +6/14 * Entropy(3/6,3/6) = 0.8922
- IG(Wind) = 0.9403 – 0.8922 = 0.048

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Information Gains

- Outlook 0.2468
- Temperature 0.0292
- Humidity 0.1518
- Wind 0.0481
- We choose Outlook since it has the highest information gain

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Now Generalize the idea for discretizing numerical values

- What are the procedures?
- How to get intervals?
- Recursively binary split
- Binary splits
- Temperature < 71
- Temperature > 69
- How to select position for binary split?
- Comparing to categorical attribute selection
- When do stop?

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General Description Disc

- Given a set of samples S, if S is partitioned into two intervals S1 and S2 using boundary T, the entropy after partitioning is
- The boundary that minimizes the entropy function over all possible boundaries is selected as a binary discretization.
- Maximize the information gain
- We seek a discretization that makes subintervals as pure as possible

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Entropy-based discretization

- It is common to place numeric thresholds halfway between the values that delimit the boundaries of a concept
- Fact
- cut point minimizing info never appears between two consequtive examples of the same class
- we can reduce the # of candidate points

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Procedure

- Recursively split intervals
- apply attribute selection method to find the initial split
- repeat this process in both parts
- The process is recursively applied to partitions obtained until some stopping criterion is met, e.g.,

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64 65 68 69 70 71 72 75 80 81 83 85

Y N Y Y Y N N/Y Y/Y N Y Y N

F E D C B A

66.5 70.5 73.5 77.5 80.5 84

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When to stop recursion?

- Setting Threshold
- Use MDL principle
- no split: encode example classes
- split
- ’model’ = splitting point takes log(N-1) bits to encode (N = # of instances)
- plus encode classes in both partitions
- optimal situation
- ’all < are yes’ & ’all > are no’
- each instance costs 1 bit without splitting and almost 0 bits with it
- formula for MDL-based gain threshold
- the devil is in the details

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Discretization Using Class Labels

- Entropy based approach

3 categories for both x and y

5 categories for both x and y

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Discretization Using Class Labels

- Entropy based approach

3 categories for both x and y

5 categories for both x and y

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Entropy-Based Discretization

- Given a set of samples S, if S is partitioned into two intervals S1 and S2 using boundary T, the information gain after partitioning is
- Entropy is calculated based on class distribution of the samples in the set. Given m classes, the entropy of S1 is

where pi is the probability of class i in S1

- The boundary that minimizes the entropy function over all possible boundaries is selected as a binary discretization
- The process is recursively applied to partitions obtained until some stopping criterion is met
- Such a boundary may reduce data size and improve classification accuracy

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Interval Merge by 2 Analysis

- Merging-based (bottom-up) vs. splitting-based methods
- Merge: Find the best neighboring intervals and merge them to form larger intervals recursively
- ChiMerge [Kerber AAAI 1992, See also Liu et al. DMKD 2002]
- Initially, each distinct value of a numerical attr. A is considered to be one interval
- 2 tests are performed for every pair of adjacent intervals
- Adjacent intervals with the least 2 values are merged together, since low 2 values for a pair indicate similar class distributions
- This merge process proceeds recursively until a predefined stopping criterion is met (such as significance level, max-interval, max inconsistency, etc.)

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Segmentation by Natural Partitioning

- A simply 3-4-5 rule can be used to segment numeric data into relatively uniform, “natural” intervals.
- If an interval covers 3, 6, 7 or 9 distinct values at the most significant digit, partition the range into 3 equi-width intervals
- If it covers 2, 4, or 8 distinct values at the most significant digit, partition the range into 4 intervals
- If it covers 1, 5, or 10 distinct values at the most significant digit, partition the range into 5 intervals

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Chapter 2: Data Preprocessing

- Why preprocess the data?
- Data cleaning
- Data integration and transformation
- Data reduction
- Discretization and concept hierarchy generation
- Summary

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Summary

- Data preparation or preprocessing is a big issue for both data warehousing and data mining
- Discriptive data summarization is need for quality data preprocessing
- Data preparation includes
- Data cleaning and data integration
- Data reduction and feature selection
- Discretization
- A lot a methods have been developed but data preprocessing still an active area of research

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Feature Subset Selection Techniques

- Brute-force approach:
- Try all possible feature subsets as input to data mining algorithm
- Embedded approaches:
- Feature selection occurs naturally as part of the data mining algorithm
- Filter approaches:
- Features are selected before data mining algorithm is run
- Wrapper approaches:
- Use the data mining algorithm as a black box to find best subset of attributes

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References

- D. P. Ballou and G. K. Tayi. Enhancing data quality in data warehouse environments. Communications of ACM, 42:73-78, 1999
- T. Dasu and T. Johnson. Exploratory Data Mining and Data Cleaning. John Wiley & Sons, 2003
- T. Dasu, T. Johnson, S. Muthukrishnan, V. Shkapenyuk. Mining Database Structure; Or, How to Build a Data Quality Browser. SIGMOD’02.
- H.V. Jagadish et al., Special Issue on Data Reduction Techniques. Bulletin of the Technical Committee on Data Engineering, 20(4), December 1997
- D. Pyle. Data Preparation for Data Mining. Morgan Kaufmann, 1999
- E. Rahm and H. H. Do. Data Cleaning: Problems and Current Approaches. IEEE Bulletin of the Technical Committee on Data Engineering. Vol.23, No.4
- V. Raman and J. Hellerstein. Potters Wheel: An Interactive Framework for Data Cleaning and Transformation, VLDB’2001
- T. Redman. Data Quality: Management and Technology. Bantam Books, 1992
- Y. Wand and R. Wang. Anchoring data quality dimensions ontological foundations. Communications of ACM, 39:86-95, 1996
- R. Wang, V. Storey, and C. Firth. A framework for analysis of data quality research. IEEE Trans. Knowledge and Data Engineering, 7:623-640, 1995

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PCA

- Intuition: find the axis that shows the greatest variation, and project all points into this axis

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PCA: The mathematical formulation- Find the eigenvectors of the covariance matrix
- These define the new space
- The eigenvalues sort them in “goodness”order

f2

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Principal Component Analysis

- Given N data vectors from k-dimensions, find c ≤ k orthogonal vectors that can be best used to represent data
- The original data set is reduced to one consisting of N data vectors on c principal components (reduced dimensions)
- Each data vector is a linear combination of the c principal component vectors

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Principal components

- 1. principal component (PC1)
- the direction along which there is greatest variation
- 2. principal component (PC2)
- the direction with maximum variation left in data, orthogonal to the 1. PC

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Principal components

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Now’s let’s look at a detailed example

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Compute the covariance matrix

Cov=(0.61656 0.61544;

0.61544 0.71656)

- Computer the eigenvalues/eigenvectors

Of the covariance matrix

eigvalue1: 1.284

eigenvalue2: 0.04908

eigenvector1: -0.6778 -0.73517

eigenvector2: -0.73517 0.67787

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Using only a single eigenvector

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