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Title: Two-stage hybrid feature selection algorithms for diagnosing erythemato-squamous diseases
Authors: Xie, J
Lei, J
Xie, W
Shi, Y
Liu, X
Keywords: Two-stage hybrid algorithms;Support Vector Machines (SVM);Sequential Forward Search (SFS);Sequential Forward Floating Search (SFFS);Sequential Backward Floating Search (SBFS);Generalized F-score (GF)
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: BioMed Central
Citation: Health Information Science and Systems, 1: 10, 2013
Abstract: This paper proposes two-stage hybrid feature selection algorithms to build the stable and efficient diagnostic models where a new accuracy measure is introduced to assess the models. The two-stage hybrid algorithms adopt Support Vector Machines (SVM) as a classification tool, and the extended Sequential Forward Search (SFS), Sequential Forward Floating Search (SFFS), and Sequential Backward Floating Search (SBFS), respectively, as search strategies, and the generalized F-score (GF) to evaluate the importance of each feature. The new accuracy measure is used as the criterion to evaluated the performance of a temporary SVM to direct the feature selection algorithms. These hybrid methods combine the advantages of filters and wrappers to select the optimal feature subset from the original feature set to build the stable and efficient classifiers. To get the stable, statistical and optimal classifiers, we conduct 10-fold cross validation experiments in the first stage; then we merge the 10 selected feature subsets of the 10-cross validation experiments, respectively, as the new full feature set to do feature selection in the second stage for each algorithm. We repeat the each hybrid feature selection algorithm in the second stage on the one fold that has got the best result in the first stage. Experimental results show that our proposed two-stage hybrid feature selection algorithms can construct efficient diagnostic models which have got better accuracy than that built by the corresponding hybrid feature selection algorithms without the second stage feature selection procedures. Furthermore our methods have got better classification accuracy when compared with the available algorithms for diagnosing erythemato-squamous diseases.
ISSN: 2047-2501
Appears in Collections:Dept of Computer Science Research Papers

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