Fuzzy Rough Sets for Self-Labelling: an Exploratory Analysis

Sarah Vluymans, Neil MacParthaláin, Chris Cornelis, Yvan Saeys

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Semi-supervised learning incorporates aspects of both supervised and unsupervised learning.
In semi-supervised classification, only some data instances have associated class labels, while others are unlabelled.
One particular group of semi-supervised classification approaches are those known as self-labelling techniques, which attempt to assign class labels to the unlabelled data instances. This is achieved by using the class predictions based upon the information of the labelled part of the data.
In this paper, the applicability and suitability of fuzzy rough set theory for the task of self-labelling is investigated. An important preparatory experimental study is presented that evaluates how accurately different fuzzy rough set models can predict the classes of unlabelled data instances for semi-supervised classification. The predictions are made either by considering only the labelled data instances or by involving the unlabelled data instances as well. A stability analysis of the predictions also helps to provide further insight into the characteristics of the different fuzzy rough models. Our study shows that the ordered weighted average based fuzzy rough model performs best in terms of both accuracy and stability. Our conclusions offer a solid foundation and rationale that will allow the construction of a fuzzy rough self-labelling technique. They also provide an understanding of the applicability of fuzzy rough sets for the task of semi-supervised classification in general.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFuzzy Rough Sets for Self-Labelling: an Exploratory Analysis
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2016
EventIEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 24 Jul 201629 Jul 2016


ConferenceIEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence
Abbreviated titleIEEE WCCI 2016
Period24 Jul 201629 Jul 2016

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