Free-Rider Episode Screening via Dual Partition Model

  • Xiang Ao
  • Yang Liu
  • Zhen Huang
  • Luo Zuo
  • Qing He
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10827)


One of the drawbacks of frequent episode mining is that overwhelmingly many of the discovered patterns are redundant. Free-rider episode, as a typical example, consists of a real pattern doped with some additional noise events. Because of the possible high support of the inside noise events, such free-rider episodes may have abnormally high support that they cannot be filtered by frequency based framework. An effective technique for filtering free-rider episodes is using a partition model to divide an episode into two consecutive subepisodes and comparing the observed support of such episode with its expected support under the assumption that these two subepisodes occur independently. In this paper, we take more complex subepisodes into consideration and develop a novel partition model named EDP for free-rider episode filtering from a given set of episodes. It combines (1) a dual partition strategy which divides an episode to an underlying real pattern and potential noises; (2) a novel definition of the expected support of a free-rider episode based on the proposed partition strategy. We can deem the episode interesting if the observed support is substantially higher than the expected support estimated by our model. The experiments on synthetic and real-world datasets demonstrate EDP can effectively filter free-rider episodes compared with existing state-of-the-arts.


Episode dual partition Interesting pattern discovery Episode mining Sequence mining 



This research is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 61602438, 91546122, 61573335), National key R&D program of China (No. 2017YFB1002104), Guangdong provincial science and technology plan projects (No. 2015B010109005).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xiang Ao
    • 1
    • 2
  • Yang Liu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Zhen Huang
    • 3
  • Luo Zuo
    • 1
    • 2
  • Qing He
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Key Lab of Intelligent Information Processing of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)Institute of Computing Technology, CASBeijingChina
  2. 2.University of Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  3. 3.Tsinghua UniversityBeijingChina

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