Mahmood, Qazafi (2014) LC an effective classification based association rule mining algorithm. Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.

Classification using association rules is a research field in data mining that primarily uses association rule discovery techniques in classification benchmarks. It has been confirmed by many research studies in the literature that classification using association tends to generate more predictive classification systems than traditional classification data mining techniques like probabilistic, statistical and decision tree. In this thesis, we introduce a novel data mining algorithm based on classification using association called “Looking at the Class” (LC), which can be used in for mining a range of classification data sets. Unlike known algorithms in classification using the association approach such as Classification based on Association rule (CBA) system and Classification based on Predictive Association (CPAR) system, which merge disjoint items in the rule learning step without anticipating the class label similarity, the proposed algorithm merges only items with identical class labels. This saves too many unnecessary items combining during the rule learning step, and consequently results in large saving in computational time and memory.
Furthermore, the LC algorithm uses a novel prediction procedure that employs multiple rules to make the prediction decision instead of a single rule. The proposed algorithm has been evaluated thoroughly on real world security data sets collected using an automated tool developed at Huddersfield University. The security application which we have considered in this thesis is about categorizing websites based on their features to legitimate or fake which is a typical binary classification problem. Also, experimental results on a number of UCI data sets have been conducted and the measures used for evaluation is the classification accuracy, memory usage, and others. The results show that LC algorithm outperformed traditional classification algorithms such as C4.5, PART and Naïve Bayes as well as known classification based association algorithms like CBA with respect to classification accuracy, memory usage, and execution time on most data sets we consider.

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