IF-MCA: Importance Factor-Based Multiple Correspondence Analysis for Multimedia Data Analytics

Yimin Yang, Samira Pouyanfar, Haiman Tian, Min Chen, Shu Ching Chen, Mei Ling Shyu

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Multimedia concept detection is a challenging topic due to the well-known class imbalance issue, where the data instances are distributed unevenly across different classes. This problem becomes even more prominent when the minority class that contains an extremely small proportion of the data represents the concept of interest as has occurred in many real-world applications such as frauds in banking transactions and goal events in soccer videos. Traditional data mining approaches often have difficulty handling largely skewed data distributions. To address this issue, in this paper, an importance-factor (IF)-based multiple correspondence analysis (MCA) framework is proposed to deal with the imbalanced datasets. Specifically, a hierarchical information gain analysis method, which is inspired by the decision tree algorithm, is presented for critical feature selection and IF assignment. Then, the derived IF is incorporated with the MCA algorithm for effective concept detection and retrieval. The comparison results in video concept detection using the disaster dataset and the soccer dataset demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed framework.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1024-1032
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Transactions on Multimedia
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2018


  • Importance factor
  • feature selection
  • information gain
  • multiple correspondence analysis (MCA)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Media Technology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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