Prediction of Student Dropout Using Personal Profile and Data Mining Approach

Phanupong Meedech*, Natthakan Iam-On, Tossapon Boongoen

*Corresponding author for this work

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The problem of student dropout has steadily increased in many universities in Thailand. The main purpose of this research is to develop a model for predicting dropout occurences with the first-year students and determine the factors behind these cases. Despite several classification techniques being made available in the literature, the current study focuses on using decision trees and rule induction models to discover knowledge from data of students at Mae Fah Luang University. The resulting classifiers that is interpretable and analyzed by those involved in the assistant and consultation aid, are built from the collection of different attributes. These include student’s academic performance in the first semester, student social behavior, personal background and education background. With respect to the experiments with various classifiers and the application of data rebalancing algorithm, the results indicate a promising accuracy, hence the reliability of this study as a decision support tool.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntelligent and Evolutionary Systems
Subtitle of host publicationThe 19th Asia Pacific Symposium, IES 2015, Bangkok, Thailand, November 2015, Proceedings
EditorsKittichai Lavangnananda, Somnuk Phon-Amnuaisuk, Worrawat Engchuan, Jonathan H. Chan
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-27000-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-26999-3
Publication statusPublished - 12 Nov 2015
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

Name Proceedings in Adaptation, Learning and Optimization (PALO)
ISSN (Print)2363-6084
ISSN (Electronic)2363-6092


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