Journal of Computer Science

Feature Selection for High Dimensional Data: An Evolutionary Filter Approach

Anwar Ali Yahya, Addin Osman, Abd Rahman Ramli and Adlan Balola

DOI : 10.3844/jcssp.2011.800.820

Journal of Computer Science

Volume 7, Issue 5

Pages 800-820

Abstract

Problem statement: Feature selection is a task of crucial importance for the application of machine learning in various domains. In addition, the recent increase of data dimensionality poses a severe challenge to many existing feature selection approaches with respect to efficiency and effectiveness. As an example, genetic algorithm is an effective search algorithm that lends itself directly to feature selection; however this direct application is hindered by the recent increase of data dimensionality. Therefore adapting genetic algorithm to cope with the high dimensionality of the data becomes increasingly appealing. Approach: In this study, we proposed an adapted version of genetic algorithm that can be applied for feature selection in high dimensional data. The proposed approach is based essentially on a variable length representation scheme and a set of modified and proposed genetic operators. To assess the effectiveness of the proposed approach, we applied it for cues phrase selection and compared its performance with a number of ranking approaches which are always applied for this task. Results and Conclusion: The results provide experimental evidences on the effectiveness of the proposed approach for feature selection in high dimensional data.

Copyright

© 2011 Anwar Ali Yahya, Addin Osman, Abd Rahman Ramli and Adlan Balola. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.