Training error and sensitivity-based ensemble feature selection

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Original languageEnglish
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Machine Learning and Cybernetics
Online published13 Apr 2020
Publication statusOnline published - 13 Apr 2020


Ensemble feature selection combines feature selection and ensemble learning to improve the generalization capability of ensemble systems. However, current methods minimizing only the training error may not generalize well on future unseen samples. In this paper, we propose a training error and sensitivity-based ensemble feature selection method.The NSGA-III is applied to find optimal feature subsets by minimizing two objective functions of the whole ensemble system simultaneously: the training error and the sensitivity of the ensemble. With this scheme, the ensemble system maintains both high accuracy and high stability which is expected to achieve a high generalization capability. Experimental results on 18 datasets show that the proposed method significantly outperforms state-of-the-art methods.

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  • Ensemble, Feature selection, NSGA-III, Sensitivity