The wrapper function for discretization methods

Description

It is a wrapper function for all discretization methods based on RST. It provides an interface that allows users to use the discretization methods easily.

Usage

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D.discretization.RST(decision.table, type.method = "unsupervised.quantiles",
  ...)

Arguments

decision.table

an object inheriting from the "DecisionTable" class, which represents a decision system. See SF.asDecisionTable.

type.method

a character representing a discretization method to be used in the computations. Currently it can be one of the following methods:

  • "global.discernibility": See D.global.discernibility.heuristic.RST.

  • "local.discernibility": See D.local.discernibility.heuristic.RST.

  • "unsupervised.intervals": See D.discretize.equal.intervals.RST.

  • "unsupervised.quantiles": See D.discretize.quantiles.RST.

...

parameters that are passed to the discretization methods. See the manual of particular functions.

Details

The discretization is used to convert numeric attributes into nominal ones in an information system. It is usually a preliminary step for the most of methods based on the rough set theory, which need nominal attributes, for exemple, to compute the indiscernibility relation.

Output of this function is an object of a class Discretization which contains cut values. The function SF.applyDecTable can be used to generate a new (discretized) decision table from the computed cuts. Type of all attributes in the resulting table will be changed into nominal (i.e. ordered factors).

All implemented supervised discretization methods need a nominal decision attribute. Furthermore, especially for the method type "global.discernibility", all conditional attributes must be numeric. A different method needs to be chosen in a case when a data set contains attributes of mixed types (numeric and nominal).

Value

An object of a class "Discretization" which stores cuts for each conditional attribute. It contains the following components:

  • cut.values: a list representing cut values for each of numeric attributes. NULL value means that no cut was selected for a given attribute.

  • type.method: the type of method which is used to define cut values.

  • type.task: the type of task which is "discretization".

  • model: the type of model which is "RST".

Author(s)

Andrzej Janusz

See Also

BC.LU.approximation.RST, FS.reduct.computation, SF.applyDecTable.

Examples

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#################################################################
## Example: Determine cut values and generate new decision table
#################################################################
data(RoughSetData)
wine.data <- RoughSetData$wine.dt
cut.values1 <- D.discretization.RST(wine.data,
                                   type.method = "unsupervised.quantiles",
                                   nOfIntervals = 3)

## generate a new decision table
wine.discretized1 <- SF.applyDecTable(wine.data, cut.values1)
dim(wine.discretized1)
lapply(wine.discretized1, unique)

cut.values2 <- D.discretization.RST(wine.data,
                                    type.method = "global.discernibility")

wine.discretized2 <- SF.applyDecTable(wine.data, cut.values2)
dim(wine.discretized2)
lapply(wine.discretized2, unique)

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