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  • An Effective Feature Selection Method Based On Maximum Class Separability For Fault Diagnosis of Ball Bearing   Order a copy of this article
    by Tawfik Thelaidjia, Abdelkrim Moussaoui, Salah Chenikher 
    Abstract: The paper deals with the development of a novel feature selection approach for Bearing fault diagnosis to overcome drawbacks of the Distance Evaluation Technique (DET); one of the well-established feature selection approaches. Its drawbacks are the influence of its effectiveness by the noise and the selection of salient features regardless of the classification system. To overcome these shortcomings, an optimal discrete wavelet transform (DWT) is firstly used to decompose the Bearing vibration signal at different decomposition depths to enhance the signal-to noise ratio. Then, a combination of DET with binary particle swarm optimization (BPSO) algorithm and a criterion based on scatter matrices employed as an objective function are suggested to improve the classification performances and to reduce the computational time. Finally, Support Vector Machine is utilized to automate the identification of different bearing conditions. From the obtained results, the effectiveness of the suggested method is proven.
    Keywords: Binary Particle Swarm Optimization; Discrete Wavelet Transform; Distance Evaluation Technique; Feature Selection; Scatter Matrices.

  • REVIEW ON RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN FREQUENT ITEMSET BASED DOCUMENT CLUSTERING, ITS RESEARCH TRENDS AND APPLICATIONS   Order a copy of this article
    by Dharmendra Singh Rajput 
    Abstract: The document data is growing at an exponential rate. It is heterogeneous, dynamic and highly unstructured in nature. These characteristics of document data pose new challenges and opportunities for the development of various models and approaches for documents clustering. Various methods are adopted for the development of these models. But these techniques have their advantages and disadvantages. The primary focus of the study is to the analysis of existing methods and approaches for document clustering based on frequent itemsets. Subsequently, this research direction facilitates the exploration of the emerging trends for each extension with applications. In this paper, more than 90 recent (published after 1990) research papers summarized that is published in various reputed journals like IEEE Transaction, ScienceDirect, Springerlink, ACM and few fundamental authoritative articles.
    Keywords: Document Clustering; Association Rule Mining; Unstructured Data; Uncertain Data.

  • A method to rank the efficient units based on cross efficiency matrix without involving the zero weights   Order a copy of this article
    by Marziye Mirzadeh Tahroodi, Ali Payan 
    Abstract: One of the basic objections of the previous models of Cross Efficiency (CE) is the possibility for the weights to equal zero. This case takes place for the inputs and the outputs in the efficient responses in CE models. Therefore, the input and the output weights which equal zero do not play a role in computing the score of the CE. In this paper, to overcome this problem, an idea to prevent the optimal weights to equal zero in the CE method is offered. This new method can be expanded to all CE models. Based on the offered method, a zero-one mixed linear programming problem is proposed to obtain a set of non-zero weights among the optimal solutions of the preliminary CE model. Following, the zero-one mixed linear programming problem is changed into an equivalent linear program. Then, according to a consistent CE matrix the efficient units are ranked. In order to explain the model and indicate its advantage, an example is given.
    Keywords: ranking; cross efficiency; zero weights; preference matrix; fuzzy preference relation; zero-one mixed linear programming problem.

  • Enhancing the Involvement of Decision-Makers in Data Mart Design   Order a copy of this article
    by Fahmi Bargui, Hanene Benabdallah, Jamel Feki 
    Abstract: The design phase of a data warehousing project remains difficult for both decision-makers and requirements analysts. In this paper, we tackle this difficulty through two contributions. First, we propose a natural language based and goal-oriented template for requirements specification that includes all concepts of the decision-making process. The use of familiar concepts and natural language makes our template more accessible and helps decision-makers in validating the specified requirements, which avoids producing data mart that does not meet their needs. Secondly, we propose a decision-making ontology that provides for a systematic decomposition of decision-making goals, which allows new requirements to emerge. This automatic requirements elicitation helps analysts to overcome their lack of domain knowledge, which avoids producing erroneous requirements.
    Keywords: Decision Support System; Data Warehouse; Data Mart; Requirements Engineering; Multidimensional modeling; Goal-oriented Requirements Engineering; Automatic Reasoning; Ontology.

  • A New Feature Subset Selection Model Based on Migrating Birds Optimization   Order a copy of this article
    by Naoual El Aboudi, Laila Benhlima 
    Abstract: Feature selection represents a fundamental preprocessing phase in machine learning as well as data mining applications. It reduces the dimensionality of feature space by dismissing irrelevant and redundant features, which leads to better classification accuracy and less computational cost. This paper presents a new wrapper feature subset selection model based on a recently designed optimization technique called migrating birds optimization (MBO). Initialisation issue regarding MBO is explored to study its implications on the model behavior by experimenting different initialisation strategies. A neighborhood based on information gain was designed to improve the search effectiveness. The performance of the proposed model named MBO-FS is compared with some state-of-the-art methods regarding the task of feature selection on 11 UCI datasets. Simulation results show that MBO-FS method achieves promising classification accuracy using a smaller feature set.
    Keywords: Feature selection; Migrating birds optimization; Classification.

  • Feature Selection Methods for Document Clustering: A Comparative Study and a Hybrid Solution   Order a copy of this article
    by Asmaa BENGHABRIT, Brahim OUHBI, Bouchra FRIKH, El Moukhtar ZEMMOURI, Hicham BEHJA 
    Abstract: The web proliferation makes the exploration and the use of the huge amount of available unstructured text documents challenged, which drives the need of document clustering. Hence, improving the performances of this mechanism by using feature selection seems worth investigation. Therefore, this paper proposes an efficient way to highly benefit from feature selection for document clustering. We first present a review and comparative studies of feature selection methods in order to extract efficient ones. Then we propose a sequential and hybrid combination modes of statistical and semantic techniques in order to benefit from crucial information that each of them provides for document clustering. Extensive experiments prove the benefit of the proposed combination approaches. The performance of document clustering is highest when the measures based on Chi-square statistic and the mutual information are linearly combined. Doing so, it avoids the unwanted correlation that the sequential approach creates between the two treatments. Keywords Document clustering, Feature selection, Statistical and semantic analysis, Chi-square statistic, Mutual Information, K-means algorithm.
    Keywords: Document clustering; Feature selection; Statistical and semantic analysis; Chi-square statistic; Mutual Information; K-means algorithm.

  • Stellar mass black hole optimization for utility mining   Order a copy of this article
    by Kannimuthu Subramanian, Premalatha Kandhasamy 
    Abstract: Major challenges in mining high utility itemsets from the transaction databases requires exponential search space and database-dependent minimum utility threshold. The search space is very large because of large number of distinct items and size of the database. Data analysts need of specifying appropriate minimum utility thresholds for their data mining tasks though they may have no knowledge pertaining to their databases. To get rid of these problems, Stellar mass Black hole optimization (SBO) method is proposed to mine Top-K HUIs from the transaction database without specifying minimum utility threshold. To know the performance of SBO, the experiment results are compared with GA.
    Keywords: Data Mining; Genetic Algorithm; Stellar mass Black hole optimization; High Utility Itemsets; Utility mining.

  • Memetic Particle Swarm Optimization for missing value imputation   Order a copy of this article
    by Sivaraj Rajappan, Devi Priya Rangasamy 
    Abstract: Incomplete values in databases stand as a major concern for data analysts and many methods have been devised to handle them in different missing scenarios. Many researchers are increasingly using evolutionary algorithms for handling them. In this paper, a memetic algorithm based approach is proposed which integrates the principles of Particle Swarm Optimization and Simulated Annealing, a local search method. A novel initialization strategy for PSO is also proposed in order to seed good particles into the population. Simulated Annealing prevents PSO from premature convergence and helps it in reaching global optimum. PSO algorithm exhibits explorative behavior and SA exhibits exploitative behavior and serves as the right combination for memetic algorithm implementation. The proposed algorithm is implemented in different datasets to estimate the missing values and the imputation accuracy and the time taken for execution is found to be better than other standard methods.
    Keywords: Memetic Algorithm; tournament selection; Bayesian probability; simulated annealing.

  • Enhanced Auto Associative Neural Network using feed forward neural network An Approach to improve performance of fault detection and analysis   Order a copy of this article
    by Subhas Meti 
    Abstract: Biosensors have played a significant role in many of present days applications ranging from military applications to healthcare sectors. However, its practicality and robustness in its usage in real time scenario is still a matter of concern. Primarily issues such as prediction of sensor data, noise estimation, and channel estimation and most importantly in fault detection and analysis. In this paper an enhancement is applied to the Auto Associative Neural Network (AANN) by considering the cascade feed forward propagation. The residual noise is also computed along with fault detection and analysis of the sensor data. An experimental result shows a significant reduction in the MSE as compared to conventional AANN. The regression based correlation coefficient has improved in the proposed method as compared to conventional AANN.
    Keywords: WBAN; Fault Detection and Analysis; Feed Forward Neural Network; Enhanced AANN; Residual Noise.

  • A comparative study of unsupervised image clustering systems   Order a copy of this article
    by Safa Bettoumi 
    Abstract: The purpose of clustering algorithms is to give sense and extract value from large sets of structured and unstructured data. Thus, clustering is present in all science areas that use automatic learning. Therefore, we present in this paper a comparative study and an evaluation of different clustering methods proposed in the literature such as prototype based clustering, fuzzy and probabilistic clustering, hierarchical clustering and density based clustering. We present also an analysis of advantages and disadvantages of these clustering methods based essentially on experimentation. Extensive experiments are conducted on three real-world high dimensional datasets to evaluate the potential and the effectiveness of seven well-known methods in terms of accuracy, purity and normalized mutual information.
    Keywords: Unsupervised Clustering; Density Based Clustering; Partitioning Clustering; Fuzzy and Probabilistic Clustering; Hierarchical Clustering.

  • Sentiment Analysis Based Framework for Assessing Internet Telemedicine Videos   Order a copy of this article
    by ARUNKUMAR PM, CHANDRAMATHI S, KANNIMUTHU S 
    Abstract: Telemedicine services through Internet and mobile devices need effective medical video delivery systems. This work describes a novel framework to study the assessment of Internet based telemedicine videos using Sentiment Analysis. The dataset comprises more than one thousand text comments of medical experts collected from various Medical animation videos of YouTube repository. The proposed framework deploys machine learning classifiers such as Bayes net, KNN, C 4.5 decision tree, SVM (Support Vector Machine) and SVM-PSO (SVM with Particle Swarm Optimization) to infer Opinion Mining outputs. The results portray that SVM-PSO classifier performs better in assessing the reviews of Medical video content with more than 80% accuracy. The Models inference of Precision and Recall values using SVM-PSO algorithm shows 87.8% and 85.57% respectively and henceforth underlines its superiority over other classifiers. The concepts of Sentiment Analysis can be applied effectively to the web based user comments of medical videos and the end results can be highly critical to enhance the reputation of Telemedicine education across the globe.
    Keywords: Machine Learning; Telemedicine; Medical videos.

  • Data Mining Classification Techniques - Comparison for Better Accuracy in Prediction of Cardiovascular Disease   Order a copy of this article
    by Richa Sharma 
    Abstract: Cardiovascular disease is a broad term which includes strokes or any disorder to the system that has the heart at its center, this disease is the critical cause of mortality every year across the globe. Data mining has variety of techniques and algorithms that would help to draw some interesting conclusions, mining in healthcare helps to predict the disease. This study aims to knowledge discovery from heart disease dataset and analyze the several data mining classification techniques for better accuracy and less error rate. Dataset for experiments are choosen from UCI Machine Learning Repository database the dataset are analyzed on two different data mining tools i.e WEKA and Tanagra analysis are done using 10 fold cross validation technique, Na
    Keywords: Data mining; Classification techniques; Machine learning Tools; Cardiovascular disease; KNN; Naïve Bayes; C-PLS; Decision Tree.

  • Real Time Data Warehouse: Health Care Use Case   Order a copy of this article
    by Hanen Bouali 
    Abstract: Recently, advances in hardware technology have allowed experts to auto-matically record transactions and other pieces of information of everydaylife at a rapid rate. System0s that executes complex event over real-timestreams of RFID readings encoded an event. Hence, in the healthcare con-text, applications are increasingly interconnected and can impose a massiveevent load to be processed. Furthermore, existing systems su ers the lackfor supporting heterogeneity and dynamism. Consequently, resulting fromRFID technology and many other sensors, streaming data brought anotherdimension to data querying and data mining research. This is due to thefact that, in data stream, only a time window is available. In contrast to thetraditional data sources, data streams present new characteristics as beingcontinuous, high-volume, open-ended and concept drifts. To analyse Com-plex queries for event streams, data warehouse seems to be the answer forthis. However, classical data warehouse does not incorporate the speci cityof event streams due to the complexity of their components that are spatial,temporal, semantic and real time. For these reasons, we focus on this paperon presenting the conceptual modelling of the real time data warehouse byde ning a new dimensionality and stereotype for classical data warehouse toadapt it to the event streams. Then, to prove the eciency of our real timedata warehouse, we will adapt the general pattern model to a medical unitpregnancy care which shows promising results.
    Keywords: data warehouse; data analysis; real time; healthcare.

  • Enhancement of SentiWordNet using Contextual Valence Shifters   Order a copy of this article
    by Poornima Mehta, Satish Chandra 
    Abstract: Sentence structure has a considerable impact on the sentiment polarity of a sentence. In the presence of Contextual Valence Shifters like conjunctions, conditionals and intensifiers some parts of the sentence are more relevant to determine the sentence polarity. In this work we have used Valence Shifters in sentences to enhance the sentiment lexicon SentiWordNet in a given document set. They have also been used to improve the sentiment analysis at document level. In the near past, microblogging services like Twitter have become an important data source for sentiment analysis. Tweets, being restricted to 140 characters are short and therefore have slangs, are grammatically incorrect, have spelling mistakes and have informal expressions. The method is aimed at noisy and unstructured data like tweets on which computationally intensive tools like dependency parsers are not very successful. Our proposed system works better on both noisy (Stanford and Airlines datasets of Twitter) and structured (Movie review) datasets.
    Keywords: Sentiment Analysis; SentiWordNet; Valence Shifters; Micro-blogs; Discourse; Twitter; Lexicon Enhancement.

  • Bayesian Feature Construction for the Improvement of Classification Performance   Order a copy of this article
    by Manolis Maragoudakis 
    Abstract: in this paper we are going to talk about the problem of the increase in validity, concerning the process of classification, but not through approaches having to do with the improvement of the ability to construct a precise classification model using any algorithm of Machine Learning. On the contrary, we approach this important matter by the view of a wider encoding of the training data and more specifically under the perspective of the creation of more features so that the hidden angles of the subject areas, which model the available data, are revealed to a higher degree. We suggest the use of a novel feature construction algorithm, which is based on the ability of the Bayesian networks to re-enact the conditional independence assumptions of features, bringing forth properties concerning their interrelation that are not clear when a classifier provides the data in their initial form. The results from the increase of the features are shown through the experimental measurement in a wide domain area and after the use of a large number of classification algorithms, where the improvement of the performance of classification is evident.
    Keywords: Machine learning; Knowledge engineering methodologies; Pattern analysis; Statistical Pattern Recognition.

  • A novel ensemble classifier by combining Sampling and Genetic algorithm to combat multiclass imbalanced problems   Order a copy of this article
    by Archana Purwar, Sandeep Singh 
    Abstract: To handle data sets with imbalanced classes is an exigent problem in the area of machine learning and data mining .Though a lot of work has been done by many researcher in the literature for two class imbalanced problems, multiclass problems still needs to be explored . Most of existing imbalanced learning techniques have proved to be inappropriate or even produce a negative effect to handle multiclass problems. To the best of our knowledge, no one has used combination of sampling (with and without replacement) and genetic algorithm to solve multiclass imbalanced problem. In this paper, we propose sampling and Genetic algorithm based ensemble classifier (SA-GABEC) to handle imbalanced classes.SA-GABEC tries to locate the best subset of classifiers for a given sample that are precise in predictions and can create an acceptable diversity in features subspace .These subsets of classifiers are fused together to give better predictions as compared to single classifier. Moreover, this paper also proposes modified SA-GABEC which performs the feature selection before applying sampling and outperforms SA-GABEC. To demonstrate the adequacy of our proposed classifiers, we have validated our classifier using two assessment metrics, recall and extended G-mean. Further, we have compared results with existing approaches such as GAB-EPA, Adaboost and Bagging.
    Keywords: Feature extraction; diversity; genetic algorithm; ensemble learning; and multiclass imbalanced problems.

  • Dynamics of the Network Economy: A Content Analysis of the Search Engine Trends and Correlate Results Using Word Clusters   Order a copy of this article
    by Murat Yaslioglu 
    Abstract: Network economy is a relatively untouched area, strategic approach to the dynamics of this new economy is quite limited. Network economy is about the networks, so it was questioned that what better medium than the biggest network itself can be while collecting insights. Thus, it was decided to follow up the information on the internet including every kind of documentation. In order to do so, initially a deep relation analysis using trends was conducted firstly to find out the related topics to new economys dynamics: network effect, network externalities, interoperability, big data and open standards. Additionally, social media was also investigated since it is considered as the marketplace where network economy applies. After the relation analysis, the correlates of the aforementioned keywords were analysed. And finally all the clean top results on the web were collected by the help of Linux command line tools into various, very large text files. These files were analysed for its content by the help of Nvivo qualitative analysis tool to form clusters. By the broad information available at hand, an extensive discussion on each result is written. It is believed that this new research approach will also guide many future researches on various subjects.
    Keywords: Network economy; network effect; network externalities; interoperability; big data; open standards; network strategy; methodology; analytics; word clusters; search engines.

  • Testing a File Carving Tool Using Realistic Datasets Generated with Openness by a User Level File System   Order a copy of this article
    by Srinivas Kaparthi, Venugopa T 
    Abstract: File Carver views a used hard disk as a storage medium containing raw data. From users point of view, the same hard disk is storage medium containing files. File carving has application areas of data recovery and digital forensics. It analyzes the raw data and reassembles file fragments, without using files metadata, for reconstructing the actual files present on the disk. During development phase of a file carver, it is inappropriate to use a used hard disk as an input medium due to the fact that the file system does not provide openness regarding file fragmentation and location of data on the disk. In this paper, we propose a method that provides realistic data sets with openness which can be used to test carving tools. Realistic property of data sets is achieved by implementing a file system at user level. A large file is used to mimic a hard disk in this process. The large file, on the hard disk, is handled by the host file system. The same large file to mimic as a test hard disk is handled by a file system at user level. Openness is achieved because the file system at user level acts as a white box while the file system at kernel level acts like a black box. The large file thus generated is a realistic data set generated with openness and can be used as an input for verifying the correctness of a file carving tool during its development phase.
    Keywords: File carver; file system; meta data; digital forensics; data recovery.

  • Fiber Optic Angle Rate Gyroscope Performance Evaluation in Terms of Allan Variance   Order a copy of this article
    by Jianbo Hu 
    Abstract: Based on the analysis of the error-sources of the Fiber Optic Angle Rate Gyroscope (FOARG), the Allan parameters are focused on calculation the Allan variances. The relationship between the Allan variance and the accuracy of FOARG is given. For the existences in the output of some-type FOARG, such as high noise, large volatilities in value and existing notable errors, a data-process algorithim is proposed with meaning and smoothing one. A lot of Matlab blocks, such as data-sampling, meaning and smoothing, are designed to process some-type FOARGs dynamic data and static data and to evaluate its performance with Allan variance.
    Keywords: Fiber Optic Gyroscop; data-process; Allan variance.

  • A Novel Integrated Principal Component Analysis and Support vector Machines based diagnostic system for detection of Chronic Kidney disease   Order a copy of this article
    by Aditya Khamparia, Babita Pandey 
    Abstract: The alarming growth of chronic kidney disease has become a major issue in our nation. The kidney disease does not have specific target, but individuals with diseases such as obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes are all at increased risk. On the contrary, there is no such awareness about related kidney disease and its failure which affects individuals health. Therefore, there is need of providing advanced diagnostic system which improves health condition of individual. The intent of proposed work is to combine emerging data reduction technique i.e. principal component analysis (PCA) and Supervised classification technique Support vector machine (SVM) for examination of kidney disease through which patients were being suffered from past. Variety of statistical reasoning and probabilistic features were encountered in proposed work like accuracy and recall parameters which examine the validity of dataset and obtained results. Experimental results concluded that SVM with gaussian radial basis kernel achieved higher precision and performed better than other models in term of diagnostic accuracy rates.
    Keywords: Principal component analysis; Support vector machine; classification; kidney disease; kernel; feature extraction.

  • Hybrid Fuzzy Logic and Gravitational Search Algorithm based Multiple Filters for Image Restoration   Order a copy of this article
    by A. Senthilselvi, Sukumar S 
    Abstract: Image restoration is a noise removal approach, which is used to remove noise from noisy image and restore the image. It has been widely used in various fields, such as computer vision, medical imaging, etc. In this paper, we consider the standard test images for noise removal experimentation. The images are mainly corrupted by an impulse noise.. In this paper, we present a multiple image filters for removal of impulse noises from test images. It utilizes fuzzy logic (FL) approach to design a noise detector (ND) optimized by gravitational search algorithm (GSA) and utilizes median filter (MF) for restoring. The proposed multiple filters first used the FL approach to detect each pixels of a test images are noise corrupted or not. If it is considered as noise-corrupted, the multiple filters restore it with the MF filter. Otherwise, it remains unchanged. Here, at first we split the image into number of windows and each window apply the multiple filters. The filter output is used for the rule generation and the optimal rules are selected using GSA. Then, the optimal rules are given to the fuzzy logic system to detect the noise pixel. For experimentation, in this paper we used five types of standard test images. The experimental results are carried out using different noise level and different methods. The performance measured in terms of PSNR, MSE, and visual quality.
    Keywords: Image restoration; impulse noise; fuzzy logic; multiple filters; median filter; standard test images and gravitational search algorithm.

  • Measuring Pearsons correlation coefficient of fuzzy numbers with different membership functions under weakest t-norm   Order a copy of this article
    by Mohit Kumar 
    Abstract: In statistical theory, the correlation coefficient has been widely used to assess a possible linear association between two variables and often calculated in crisp environment. In this study, a simplified and effective method is presented to compute the Pearsons correlation coefficient of fuzzy numbers with different membership functions using weakest triangular norm (t-norm) based approximate fuzzy arithmetic operations. Different from previous research studies, the correlation coefficient computed in this paper is a fuzzy number rather than a crisp number. The proposed method has been illustrated by computing the correlation coefficient between the technology level and management achievement from a sample of 15 machinery firms in Taiwan. The correlation coefficient computed by proposed method has less uncertainty and obtained results are more exact. The computed results has also been compared with existing approaches.
    Keywords: Pearson’s correlation coefficient; fuzzy number; weakest t- norm arithmetic.

  • PHASE DEPENDENT BREAKDOWN IN BULK ARRIVAL QUEUEING SYSTEM WITH VACATION BREAK-OFF   Order a copy of this article
    by NIRANJAN S.P, CHANDRASEKARAN V.M, INDHIRA K 
    Abstract: This paper investigates dual control policy of bulk arrival queueing model with phase dependent breakdown and vacation interruption. In this model service process is split into two phases called first essential service and second essential service. Here the occurrence of breakdown during first essential service and second essential service are different. When the server got failure during first essential service, service process will be interrupted and sent to repair station immediately. On contrary during second essential service when the server got failure the service will not be interrupted, it performs continuously for current batch by doing some technical precaution arrangements. Server will be repaired after the service completion during renewal period. On the second essential service completion, if the queue length is less than a then the server leaves for vacation. The server has to do preparatory work to initiate service after vacation. During vacation if the queue length reaches the value a then the server breaks the vacation and performs preparatory work to start first essential service. Though the vacation period ends, if the queue length is still less than a then the server remains dormant (idle) until the queue length reaches the value a. For this system probability generating function of the queue size will be obtained by using supplementary variable technique. Various performance measures are also derived with appropriate numerical solution. Additionally cost model is also presented to minimize the total average cost of the system..
    Keywords: Phase dependent breakdown; vacation break-off; dual control policy; bulk arrival; batch service; cost optimization; renewal time; supplementary variable technique.

  • Factor-based structural equation modelling: going beyond PLS and composites   Order a copy of this article
    by Ned Kock 
    Abstract: Partial least squares (PLS) methods offer many advantages for path modelling, such as fast convergence to solutions and relaxed requirements in terms of sample size and multivariate normality. However, they do not deal with factors, but with composites. As a result, they typically underestimate path coefficients and overestimate loadings. Given these, it is difficult to fully justify their use for confirmatory factor analyses or factor-based structural equation modelling (SEM). We addressed this problem through the development of a new method that generates estimates of the true composites and factors, potentially placing researchers in a position where they can obtain consistent estimates of a wide range of model parameters in SEM analyses. A Monte Carlo experiment suggests that this new method represents a solid step in the direction of achieving this ambitious goal.
    Keywords: partial least squares; PLS; structural equation modelling; measurement error; path bias; variation sharing; Monte Carlo simulation.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJDATS.2019.10017105
     
  • A comprehensive comparison of algorithms for the statistical modelling of non-monotone relationships via isotonic regression of transformed data   Order a copy of this article
    by Simone Fiori 
    Abstract: The paper treats the problem of nonlinear, non-monotonic regression of bivariate datasets by means of a statistical regression method known from the literature. In particular, the present paper introduces two new regression methods and illustrates the results of a comprehensive comparison of the performances of the best two previous methods, the two new methods introduced here and as much as ten standard regression methods known from the specialised literature. The comparison is performed over nine different datasets, ranging from electrocardiogram data to text analysis data, by means of four figures of merit, that include regression precision as well as runtime.
    Keywords: non-monotone nonlinear data-fitting; data transformation; isotonic regression; statistical regression.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJDATS.2019.10010384
     
  • Democracy and economic growth   Order a copy of this article
    by Rita Yi Man Li, Edward Chi Ho Tang, Tat Ho Leung 
    Abstract: Many nations consider democracy to be an important social value. Nevertheless, does it mean that countries with more democracy are often wealthier? What are the relationships between economic growth and democracy? This research includes 167 countries to study the issue. We employ the data of the democracy index, corruption perception index, inflation, population, number of internet users, balance of trade, foreign direct investment, etc. We have also included sub-indices such as the electoral process and pluralism, functioning of government, political participation, culture, and civil liberties. An innovative part of the paper is how the corruption perception index has been included in our analysis. Besides, principal component analysis is applied to study the relationship between democracy and economic growth. We conclude that it takes democracy a very long time to affect the macro-economy. The fast pace of change in democracy even harms the macro-economy. If the economy reaches a well-developed stage, the economy will gradually transform into a democratic city automatically in the absence of any external pressure.
    Keywords: democracy; economic growth; corruption perception index; liberalisation.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJDATS.2019.10017106
     
  • A novel single scan distributed pattern mining algorithm for frequent pattern identification   Order a copy of this article
    by T. Sheik Yousuf, M. Indra Devi 
    Abstract: In data mining, the extraction of frequent patterns from large databases is still a challenging and difficult task due to the various drawbacks such as, high response time, communication cost to alleviates such issues, a new algorithm namely single scan distributed pattern mining algorithm (SSDPMA) is proposed in this paper for frequent mining. The frequent patterns are extracted in a single scan of the database. Then, it is split into multiple files, which will be shared to multiple virtual machines (VMs) to store and compute the weight for the distinct records. Then, the support, confidence and threshold values are estimated. If the limit is greater than the given data, the frequent data are mined by using the proposed SSDPMA algorithm. The experimental results evaluate the performance of the proposed system in terms of response time, message size, execution time, run time and memory usage.
    Keywords: data mining; frequent pattern mining; single scan distributed pattern mining algorithm; SSDPMA; virtual machine; VM; file split algorithm; item sets; infrequent items; connect 4 dataset.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJDATS.2019.10017107
     

Special Issue on: DAC9 Theory and Applications of Correspondence Analysis and Classification

  • Comparison of hierarchical clustering methods for binary data from molecular markers   Order a copy of this article
    by Emmanouil D. Pratsinakis, Symela Ntoanidou, Alexios Polidoros, Christos Dordas, Panagiotis Madesis, Ilias Elefterohorinos, George Menexes 
    Abstract: Data from molecular markers used for constructing dendrograms, which are based on genetic distances between different plant species, are encoded as binary data (0: absence of the band at the agarose gel, 1: the presence of the band at the agarose gel). For the construction of the dendrograms, the most commonly used linkage methods are the UPGMA (Unweighted Pair Group Method with Arithmetic mean) and the Neighbor-Joining, in combination with multiple distances (mainly with the, squared or not, Euclidean distance). It seems that in this scientific field the Golden Standard clustering method (combination of distance and linkage method) is the UPGMA in combination with the squared Euclidean distance. In this study, a review is presented on the distances and the linkage methods used with binary data. Furthermore, an evaluation of the linkage methods and the corresponding appropriate distances (comparison of 162 clustering methods) is attempted using binary data resulted from molecular markers applied to five populations of the wild mustard Sinapis arvensis species. The validation of the various cluster solutions was tested using external criteria (geographical area and herbicides resistance). The results showed that the squared Euclidean distance, in combination with UPGMA linkage method, is not a panacea for dendrogram construction, in the biological sciences, based on binary data derived from molecular markers. Thirty six other hierarchical clustering methods could be used. In addition, the Benz
    Keywords: Dendrograms; proximities; linkage methods; Benz.

  • Assessment of the awareness of Cypriot Accounting Firms level concerning Cyber Risk. An exploratory analysis   Order a copy of this article
    by Stratos Moschidis, Efstratios Livanis, Athanasios Thanopoulos 
    Abstract: Technology development has made a decisive contribution to the digitization of businesses, which makes it easier for them to work more efficiently. However, in recent years, data leakages have shown an increasing trend. To investigate the level of awareness among Cypriot accountancy firms about cyber-related risks, we use the data from a recent survey of Cypriot professional accountants members of Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus, ICPAC. The categorical nature of the data and the purpose of our research led us to use methods of multidimensional statistical analysis. Τhe emergence of intense differences between accounting companies in relation to the issue as we will present is particularly interesting
    Keywords: cyber risk; multiple correspondence analysis; Cypriot accounting firms; exploratory statistics.

  • Sequential dimension reduction and clustering of mixed-type data   Order a copy of this article
    by Angelos Markos, Odysseas Moschidis, Theodore Chadjipantelis 
    Abstract: Real data sets usually involve a number of variables that are heterogeneous in nature. Clustering of a set of objects described by a mixture of continuous and categorical variables can be a challenging task, because it requires to take into account the relationships between variables that are of different measurement levels. In the context of data reduction, an effective class of methods combine dimension reduction of the variables with clustering of the objects in the reduced space. In this paper, we focus on three methods for sequential dimension reduction and clustering of mixed-type data. The first step of each approach involves the application of Principal Component Analysis or Correspondence Analysis on a suitably transformed matrix to retain as much variance as possible in as few dimensions as possible. In the second step, a partitioning or hierarchical clustering algorithm is applied to the object scores in the reduced space. The common theoretical underpinnings of the three approaches are highlighted. The results of a benchmarking study on simulated data show that sequential dimension reduction and clustering methods outperform alternative approaches, especially when categorical variables are more informative than continuous with regard to the underlying cluster structure. Strengths and limitations of the methods are also demonstrated on a real data set with nominal, ordinal and continuous variables.
    Keywords: Cluster Analysis; Dimension Reduction; Correspondence Analysis; Principal Component Analysis; Mixed-type Data.