Feature Selection Based on Confirmation-Theoretic Rough Sets

  • Bing Zhou
  • Yiyu Yao
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8536)


As an important part of data preprocessing in machine learning and data mining, feature selection, also known as attribute reduction in rough set theory, is the process of choosing the most informative subset of features. Rough set theory has been used as such a tool with much success. The main objective of this paper is to propose a feature selection procedure based on a special group of probabilistic rough set models, called confirmation-theoretic rough set model(CTRS). Different from the existing attribute reduction methods, the definition of positive features is based on Bayesian confirmation measures. The proposed method is further divided into two categories based on the qualitative and quantitative nature of the underlying rough set models. This study provides new insights into the problem of attribute reduction.


feature selection attribute reduction probabilistic rough set confirmation-theoretic rough set 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bing Zhou
    • 1
  • Yiyu Yao
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceSam Houston State UniversityHuntsvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of ReginaReginaCanada

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