Radial-Based Undersampling for Imbalanced Data Classification

Michał Koziarski

Data imbalance remains one of the most widespread problems affecting contemporary machine learning. The negative effect data imbalance can have on the traditional learning algorithms is most severe in combination with other dataset difficulty factors, such as small disjuncts, presence of outliers and insufficient number of training observations. Said difficulty factors can also limit the applicability of some of the methods of dealing with data imbalance, in particular the neighborhood-based oversampling algorithms based on SMOTE. Radial-Based Oversampling (RBO) was previously proposed to mitigate some of the limitations of the neighborhood-based methods. In this paper we examine the possibility of utilizing the concept of mutual class potential, used to guide the oversampling process in RBO, in the undersampling procedure. Conducted computational complexity analysis indicates a significantly reduced time complexity of the proposed Radial-Based Undersampling algorithm, and the results of the performed experimental study indicate its usefulness, especially on difficult datasets.

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