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Greedy Algorithm for Decision Tree Construction in Context of Knowledge Discovery Problems

  • Mikhail Ju. Moshkov
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3066)

Abstract

In the paper a greedy algorithm for minimization of decision tree depth is considered and bounds on the algorithm precision are discussed. Under some natural assumptions on the class NP and on the class of considered tables, this algorithm is, apparently, close to best approximate polynomial algorithms for minimization of decision tree depth. Unfortunately, the performance ratio of this algorithm grows almost as natural logarithm on the number of rows in the table. Except usual greedy algorithm we study greedy algorithm with threshold which constructs approximate decision trees. Such approach is fully admissible if we see on decision trees as on a way for knowledge representation. We obtain upper bounds on the depth of decision trees, constructed by this algorithms, which are independent of the number of rows in the table.

Keywords

data table knowledge discovery greedy algorithm approximate decision tree 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mikhail Ju. Moshkov
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Computing Mathematics and CyberneticsNizhny Novgorod State UniversityNizhny NovgorodRussia
  2. 2.Institute of Computer ScienceUniversity of SilesiaSosnowiecPoland

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