Efficient selection of globally optimal rules on large imbalanced data based on rule coverage relationship analysis

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Proceedings of the 2013 SIAM International Conference on Data Mining, SDM 2013, 2013, pp. 216 - 224
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Copyright © SIAM. Rule-based anomaly and fraud detection systems often suffer from massive false alerts against a huge number of enterprise transactions. A crucial and challenging problem is to effectively select a globally optimal rule set which can capture very rare anomalies dispersed in large-scale background transactions. The existing rule selection methods which suffer significantly from complex rule interactions and overlapping in large imbalanced data, often lead to very high false positive rate. In this paper, we analyze the interactions and relationships between rules and their coverage on transactions, and propose a novel metric, Max Coverage Gain. Max Coverage Gain selects the optimal rule set by evaluating the contribution of each rule in terms of overall performance to cut out those locally significant but globally redundant rules, without any negative impact on the recall. An effective algorithm, MCGminer, is then designed with a series of built-in mechanisms and pruning strategies to handle complex rule interactions and reduce computational complexity towards identifying the globally optimal rule set. Substantial experiments on 13 UCI data sets and a real time online banking transactional database demonstrate that MCGminer achieves significant improvement on both accuracy, scalability, stability and efficiency on large imbalanced data compared to several state-of-the-art rule selection techniques.
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