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  • Name

    Paula Oliveira Branco
  • Cluster

    Computer Science
  • Role

    External Research Collaborator
  • Since

    24th May 2013
Publications

2017

Relevance-Based Evaluation Metrics for Multi-class Imbalanced Domains

Authors
Branco, Paula; Torgo, Luis; Ribeiro, RitaP.;

Publication
Advances in Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining - 21st Pacific-Asia Conference, PAKDD 2017, Jeju, South Korea, May 23-26, 2017, Proceedings, Part I

Abstract
The class imbalance problem is a key issue that has received much attention. This attention has been mostly focused on two-classes problems. Fewer solutions exist for the multi-classes imbalance problem. From an evaluation point of view, the class imbalance problem is challenging because a non-uniform importance is assigned to the classes. In this paper, we propose a relevance-based evaluation framework that incorporates user preferences by allowing the assignment of differentiated importance values to each class. The presented solution is able to overcome difficulties detected in existing measures and increases discrimination capability. The proposed framework requires the assignment of a relevance score to the problem classes. To deal with cases where the user is not able to specify each class relevance, we describe three mechanisms to incorporate the existing domain knowledge into the relevance framework. These mechanisms differ in the amount of information available and assumptions made regarding the domain. They also allow the use of our framework in common settings of multi-class imbalanced problems with different levels of information available. © 2017, Springer International Publishing AG.

2017

SMOGN: a Pre-processing Approach for Imbalanced Regression

Authors
Branco, P; Torgo, L; Ribeiro, RP;

Publication
First International Workshop on Learning with Imbalanced Domains: Theory and Applications, LIDTA@PKDD/ECML 2017, 22 September 2017, Skopje, Macedonia

Abstract

2016

A Survey of Predictive Modeling on Im balanced Domains

Authors
Branco, P; Torgo, L; Ribeiro, RP;

Publication
ACM COMPUTING SURVEYS

Abstract
Many real-world data-mining applications involve obtaining predictive models using datasets with strongly imbalanced distributions of the target variable. Frequently, the least-common values of this target variable are associated with events that are highly relevant for end users (e.g., fraud detection, unusual returns on stock markets, anticipation of catastrophes, etc.). Moreover, the events may have different costs and benefits, which, when associated with the rarity of some of them on the available training data, creates serious problems to predictive modeling techniques. This article presents a survey of existing techniques for handling these important applications of predictive analytics. Although most of the existing work addresses classification tasks (nominal target variables), we also describe methods designed to handle similar problems within regression tasks (numeric target variables). In this survey, we discuss the main challenges raised by imbalanced domains, propose a definition of the problem, describe the main approaches to these tasks, propose a taxonomy of the methods, summarize the conclusions of existing comparative studies as well as some theoretical analyses of some methods, and refer to some related problems within predictive modeling.

2013

SMOTE for regression

Authors
Torgo, L; Ribeiro, RP; Pfahringer, B; Branco, P;

Publication
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)

Abstract
Several real world prediction problems involve forecasting rare values of a target variable. When this variable is nominal we have a problem of class imbalance that was already studied thoroughly within machine learning. For regression tasks, where the target variable is continuous, few works exist addressing this type of problem. Still, important application areas involve forecasting rare extreme values of a continuous target variable. This paper describes a contribution to this type of tasks. Namely, we propose to address such tasks by sampling approaches. These approaches change the distribution of the given training data set to decrease the problem of imbalance between the rare target cases and the most frequent ones. We present a modification of the well-known Smote algorithm that allows its use on these regression tasks. In an extensive set of experiments we provide empirical evidence for the superiority of our proposals for these particular regression tasks. The proposed SmoteR method can be used with any existing regression algorithm turning it into a general tool for addressing problems of forecasting rare extreme values of a continuous target variable. © 2013 Springer-Verlag.