Una Comparación Empírica de Métodos de Selección de Características en Clasificación Multi-Etiqueta (An Empirical Comparison Of Feature Selection Methods In Problem Transformation Multi-label Classification)

Juan Manuel Rodriguez (juanmanuel.rodriguez@isistan.unicen.edu.ar)1, Daniela Godoy (daniela.godoy@isistan.unicen.edu.ar)1, Alejandro Zunino (alejandro.zunino@isistan.unicen.edu.ar)1

1Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires - Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas

This paper appears in: Revista IEEE América Latina

Publication Date: Aug. 2016
Volume: 14,   Issue: 8 
ISSN: 1548-0992

Multi-label classification (MLC) is a supervised learning problem in which a particular example can be associated with a set of labels instead of a single one as in traditional classification. Many real-world applications, such as Web page classification or resource tagging on the Social Web, are challenging for existing MLC algorithms, because the label space grows exponentially as instance space increases. Under the problem transformation approach, the most common alternative for MLC, multi-label problems are transformed into several single label problems, whose outputs are then aggregated into a prediction to the whole classification problem. Feature selection techniques become crucial in large-scale MLC problems to help reducing dimensionality. However, the impact of feature selection in multi-label setting has not been as extensively studied as in the case of single-label data. In this paper, we present an empirical evaluation of feature selection techniques in the context of the three main problem transformation MLC methods: Binary Relevance, Pair-wise and Label power-set. Experimentation was performed across a number of benchmark datasets for multi-label classification exhibiting varied characteristics, which allows observing the behavior of techniques and assessing their impact according to multiple metrics.

Index Terms:
Multi-label Classification, Feature Selection, Problem Transformation Classification, Binary Relevance, Pair-Wise, HOMER   

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