Hybrid Decision Tree Architecture Utilizing Local SVMs for Multi-Label Classification

  • Gjorgji Madjarov
  • Dejan Gjorgjevikj
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7209)


Multi-label classification (MLC) problems abound in many areas, including text categorization, protein function classification, and semantic annotation of multimedia. Issues that severely limit the applicability of many current machine learning approaches to MLC are the large-scale problem and the high dimensionality of the label space, which have a strong impact on the computational complexity of learning. These problems are especially pronounced for approaches that transform MLC problems into a set of binary classification problems for which SVMs are used. On the other hand, the most efficient approaches to MLC, based on decision trees, have clearly lower predictive performance. We propose a hybrid decision tree architecture that utilizes local SVMs for efficient multi-label classification. We build decision trees for MLC, where the leaves do not give multi-label predictions directly, but rather contain SVM-based classifiers giving multi-label predictions. A binary relevance architecture is employed in each leaf, where a binary SVM classifier is built for each of the labels relevant to that particular leaf. We use several real-world datasets to evaluate the proposed method and its competition. Our hybrid approach on almost every classification problem outperforms the predictive performances of SVM-based approaches while its computational efficiency is significantly improved as a result of the integrated decision tree.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gjorgji Madjarov
    • 1
  • Dejan Gjorgjevikj
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Computer Science and EngineeringSs. Cyril and Methodius UniversitySkopjeMacedonia

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