Assessing similarity of feature selection techniques in high-dimensional domains

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Recent research efforts attempt to combine multiple feature selection techniques instead of using a single one. However, this combination is often made on an "ad hoc" basis, depending on the specific problem at hand, without considering the degree of diversity/similarity of the involved methods. Moreover, though it is recognized that different techniques may return quite dissimilar outputs, especially in high dimensional/small sample size domains, few direct comparisons exist that quantify these differences and their implications on classification performance. This paper aims to provide a contribution in this direction by proposing a general methodology for assessing the similarity between the outputs of different feature selection methods in high dimensional classification problems. Using as benchmark the genomics domain, an empirical study has been conducted to compare some of the most popular feature selection methods, and useful insight has been obtained about their pattern of agreement. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.




Cannas, L. M., Dessì, N., & Pes, B. (2013). Assessing similarity of feature selection techniques in high-dimensional domains. Pattern Recognition Letters, 34(12), 1446–1453.

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