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Classification systems based on rough sets under the belief function framework. (English) Zbl 1242.68340
Summary: In this paper, we present two classification approaches based on rough sets (RS) that are able to learn decision rules from uncertain data. We assume that the uncertainty exists only in the decision attribute values of the decision table (DT) and is represented by the belief functions. The first technique, named belief rough set classifier (BRSC), is based only on the basic concepts of the rough sets. The second, called belief rough set classifier, is more sophisticated. It is based on generalization distribution table (BRSC-GDT), which is a hybridization of the generalization distribution table and the rough sets (GDT-RS). The two classifiers aim at simplifying the uncertain decision table (UDT) in order to generate significant decision rules for classification process. Furthermore, to improve the time complexity of the construction procedure of the two classifiers, we apply a heuristic method of attribute selection based on rough sets. To evaluate the performance of each classification approach, we carry experiments on a number of standard real-world databases by artificially introducing uncertainty in the decision attribute values. In addition, we test our classifiers on a naturally uncertain web usage database. We compare our belief rough set classifiers with traditional classification methods only for the certain case. Besides, we compare the results relative to the uncertain case with those given by another similar classifier, called the belief decision tree (BDT), which also deals with uncertain decision attribute values.

MSC:
68T37 Reasoning under uncertainty in the context of artificial intelligence
Software:
C4.5
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