A multi-objective ensemble method for online class imbalance learning

Shuo WANG, Leandro L. MINKU, Xin YAO

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Online class imbalance learning is an emerging learning area that combines the challenges of both online learning and class imbalance learning. In addition to the learning difficulty from the imbalanced distribution, another major challenge is that the imbalanced rate in a data stream can be dynamically changing. OOB and UOB are two state-of-the-art methods for online class imbalance problems [1]. UOB is better at recognizing minority-class examples when the imbalance rate does not change much over time, while OOB is more prepared for the case with a dynamic rate. Aiming for an effective method for both static and dynamic cases, this paper proposes a multi-objective ensemble method MOSOB that combines OOB and UOB. MOSOB finds the Pareto-optimal weights for OOB and UOB at each time step, to maximize minority-class recall and majority-class recall simultaneously. Experiments on five real-world data applications show that MOSOB performs well in both static and dynamic data streams. Furthermore, we look into its performance on a group of highly imbalanced data streams. To respond to the minority class within 10000 time steps, the imbalance rate can be as low as 0.1% for easy data streams; at least 3% of imbalance rate is required to classify difficult data streams. © 2014 IEEE.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781479914845
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes


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