Rule mining and classification in a situation assessment application: A belief-theoretic approach for handling data imperfections

K. K. Rohitha, G. K. Hewawasam, Kamal Premaratne, Mei Ling Shyu

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Management of data imprecision and uncertainty has become increasingly important, especially in situation awareness and assessment applications where reliability of the decision-making process is critical (e.g., in military battlefields). These applications require the following: 1) an effective methodology for modeling data imperfections and 2) procedures for enabling knowledge discovery and quantifying and propagating partial or incomplete knowledge throughout the decision-making process. In this paper, using a Dempster-Shafer belief-theoretic relational database (DS-DB)that can conveniently represent a wider class of data imperfections, an association rule mining (ARM)-based classification algorithm possessing the desirable functionality is proposed. For this purpose, various ARM-related notions are revisited so that they could be applied in the presence of data imperfections. A data structure called belief itemset tree is used to efficiently extract frequent itemsets and generate association rules from the proposed DS-DB. This set of rules is used as the basis on which an unknown data record, whose attributes are represented via belief functions, is classified. These algorithms are validated on a simplified situation assessment scenario where sensor observations may have caused data imperfections in both attribute values and class labels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1446-1459
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part B: Cybernetics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2007


  • Association rule mining (ARM)
  • Classification
  • Data imperfections
  • Data mining
  • Dempster-Shafer (DS) belief theory
  • Situation assessment
  • Uncertainty handling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Human-Computer Interaction


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