Nested Dichotomies Based on Clustering

  • Miriam Mónica Duarte-Villaseñor
  • Jesús Ariel Carrasco-Ochoa
  • José Francisco Martínez-Trinidad
  • Marisol Flores-Garrido
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7441)


Multiclass problems, i.e., classification problems involving more than two classes, are a common scenario in supervised classification. An important approach to solve this type of problems consists in using binary classifiers repeated times; within this category we find nested dichotomies. However, most of the methods for building nested dichotomies use a random strategy, which does not guarantee finding a good one. In this work, we propose new non-random methods for building nested dichotomies, using the idea of reducing misclassification errors by separating in the higher levels those classes that are easier to separate; and, in the lower levels those classes that are more difficult to separate. In order to evaluate the performance of the proposed methods, we compare them against methods that randomly build nested dichotomies, using some datasets (with mixed data) taken from the UCI repository.


Nested Dichotomies Binarization Multiclass Problems Supervised Classification 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Miriam Mónica Duarte-Villaseñor
    • 1
  • Jesús Ariel Carrasco-Ochoa
    • 1
  • José Francisco Martínez-Trinidad
    • 1
  • Marisol Flores-Garrido
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y ElectrónicaSanta María TonantzintlaMexico

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