NCLClassif: Neighborhood Cleaning Rule (NCL) algorithm for multiclass...

Description Usage Arguments Details Value Author(s) References See Also Examples

View source: R/NCLClassif.R

Description

This function handles imbalanced classification problems using the Neighborhood Cleaning Rule (NCL) method.

Usage

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NCLClassif(form, dat, k = 3, dist = "Euclidean", p = 2, Cl = "smaller")

Arguments

form

A formula describing the prediction problem.

dat

A data frame containing the original imbalanced data set.

k

A number indicating the number of nearest neighbors to use.

dist

A character string indicating which distance metric to use when determining the k nearest neighbors. See the details. Defaults to "Euclidean".

p

A number indicating the value of p if the "p-norm" distance is chosen. Only necessary to define if a "p-norm" is chosen in the dist argument. See details.

Cl

A character vector indicating which classes should be under-sampled. Defaults to "smaller" meaning that all "smaller"" classes are the most important and therefore only examples from the remaining classes should be removed. The user may define a subset of the existing classes in which this technique will be applied.

Details

dist parameter:

The parameter dist allows the user to define the distance metric to be used in the neighbors computation. Although the default is the Euclidean distance, other metrics are available. This allows the computation of distances in data sets with, for instance, both nominal and numeric features. The options available for the distance functions are as follows:

- for data with only numeric features: "Manhattan", "Euclidean", "Canberra", "Chebyshev", "p-norm";

- for data with only nominal features: "Overlap";

- for dealing with both nominal and numeric features: "HEOM", "HVDM".

When the "p-norm" is selected for the dist parameter, it is also necessary to define the value of parameter p. The value of parameter p sets which "p-norm" will be used. For instance, if p is set to 1, the "1-norm" (or Manhattan distance) is used, and if p is set to 2, the "2-norm" (or Euclidean distance) is applied. For more details regarding the distance functions implemented in UBL package please see the package vignettes.

NCL algorithm:

The NCL algorithm includes two phases. In the first phase the ENN algorithm is used to under-sample the examples whose class label is not in Cl. Then, a second step is performed which aims at further clean the neighborhood of the examples in Cl. To achieve this, the k nearest neighbors of examples in Cl are scanned. An example is removed if all the previous neighbors have a class label which is not in Cl, and if the example belongs to a class which is larger than half of the smaller class in Cl. In either steps the examples with class labels in Cl are always maintained.

Value

The function returns a data frame with the new data set resulting from the application of the NCL algorithm.

Author(s)

Paula Branco [email protected], Rita Ribeiro [email protected] and Luis Torgo [email protected]

References

J. Laurikkala. (2001). Improving identification of difficult small classes by balancing class distribution. Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, pages 63-66.

See Also

ENNClassif

Examples

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# generate a small imbalanced data set
ir <- iris[-c(90:135), ]
# apply NCL method with different metrics, number of neighbors and classes
ir.M1 <- NCLClassif(Species~., ir, k = 3, dist = "Manhattan", Cl = "smaller")
ir.Def <- NCLClassif(Species~., ir)
ir.Ch <- NCLClassif(Species~., ir, k = 7, dist = "Chebyshev", Cl = "virginica")
ir.Eu <- NCLClassif(Species~., ir, k = 5, Cl = c("versicolor", "virginica"))
# check the results
summary(ir$Species)
summary(ir.M1$Species)
summary(ir.Def$Species)
summary(ir.Ch$Species)
summary(ir.Eu$Species)

Example output

Loading required package: MBA
Loading required package: gstat
Loading required package: automap
Loading required package: sp
Loading required package: randomForest
randomForest 4.6-12
Type rfNews() to see new features/changes/bug fixes.
Warning message:
ENNClassif found no examples to remove! 
Warning message:
ENNClassif found no examples to remove! 
Warning message:
ENNClassif found no examples to remove! 
    setosa versicolor  virginica 
        50         39         15 
    setosa versicolor  virginica 
        50         39         15 
    setosa versicolor  virginica 
        50         39         15 
    setosa versicolor  virginica 
        50         32         15 
    setosa versicolor  virginica 
        50         39         15 

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