A Hierarchical VQSVM for Imbalanced Data Sets

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International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, 2007. IJCNN 2007., 2007, pp. 518 - 523
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First, a hierarchical modelling method, VQSVM, is introduced, and some remarks are discussed. Secondly the proposed VQSVM is applied to a nonstandard learning environment, imbalanced data sets. In cases of extremely imbalanced dataset with high dimensions, standard machine learning techniques tend to be overwhelmed by the large classes. The hierarchical VQSVM contains a set of local models i.e. codevectors produced by the vector quantization and a global model, i.e. support vector machine, to rebalance datasets without significant information loss. Some issues, e.g. distortion and support vectors, have been discussed to address the trade-off between the information loss and undersampling rate. Experiments compare VQSVM with random resampling techniques on some imbalanced datasets with varied imbalance ratios, and results show that the performance of VQSVM is superior or equivalent to random resampling techniques, especially in case of extremely imbalanced large datasets
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