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Reducing performance bias for unbalanced text mining
conference contributionposted on 2006-01-01, 00:00 authored by Ling Zhuang, Honghua Dai
In text categorization applications, class imbalance, which refers to an uneven data distribution where one class is represented by far more less instances than the others, is a commonly encountered problem. In such a situation, conventional classifiers tend to have a strong performance bias, which results in high accuracy rate on the majority class but very low rate on the minorities. An extreme strategy for unbalanced, learning is to discard the majority instances and apply one-class classification to the minority class. However, this could easily cause another type of bias, which increases the accuracy rate on minorities by sacrificing the majorities. This paper aims to investigate approaches that reduce these two types of performance bias and improve the reliability of discovered classification rules. Experimental results show that the inexact field learning method and parameter optimized one-class classifiers achieve more balanced performance than the standard approaches.