Int. J. of Granular Computing, Rough Sets and Intelligent Systems   »   2010 Vol.1, No.3

 

 

Title: A novel measure of knowledge granularity in rough sets

 

Author: Qinrong Feng, Duoqian Miao, Jie Zhou, Yi Cheng

 

Addresses:
Department of Computer Science and Technology, Room 501, Building of Electronics and Information Engineering, Jiading Campus, Tongji University, 4800 Cao
an Highway, Shanghai 201 804, PR China; College of Mathematics and Computer Science, Shanxi Normal University, Linfen, Shanxi 041 004, PR China.
Department of Computer Science and Technology, Tongji University, Shanghai 201 804, PR China.
Department of Computer Science and Technology, Tongji University, Shanghai 201 804, PR China.
Department of Computer Science and Technology, Tongji University, Shanghai 201 804, PR China

 

Abstract: Knowledge granularity, an average measure of the size of knowledge granules, is a type of uncertainty arises from the indiscernibility relation. Consequently, granularity and indiscernibility are closely connected. In our opinion, knowledge granularity is a measure of uncertainty in an intragranule. In this paper, a new measure of knowledge granularity for information system is proposed, which is characterised by mathematical expectation of lengths of granules in a partition. Based on the definition of knowledge granularity, relative knowledge granularity for decision table is also defined. The most advantage of relative knowledge granularity in this paper is that it can reveal the fact that granules belong to positive region have no contribution to the value of this measure. With this observation and the monotonicity of positive region, relative knowledge granularity can be computed recursively by adopting the strategy of separate-and-conquer, which is effective, especially for large scale data.

 

Keywords: knowledge granularity; mathematical expectation; positive region; relative knowledge granularity; rough sets; uncertainty; indiscernibility; information systems.

 

DOI: 10.1504/IJGCRSIS.2010.029580

 

Int. J. of Granular Computing, Rough Sets and Intelligent Systems, 2010 Vol.1, No.3, pp.233 - 251

 

Submission date: 09 Dec 2008
Date of acceptance: 02 Feb 2009
Available online: 30 Nov 2009

 

 

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