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Journal of Korean Society of Medical Informatics 2009;15(4):475-481.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4258/jksmi.2009.15.4.475    Published online December 31, 2009.
Variable Threshold based Feature Selection using Spatial Distribution of Data
Chang Sik Son1, A Mi Shin2, Young Dong Lee1, Hee Joon Park2, Hyoung Seob Park3, Yoon Nyun Kim3
1Biomedical Informatics Technology Center, Keimyung University, Korea.
2Department of Medical Informatics, School of Medicine, Keimyung University, Korea.
3Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, Keimyung University, Korea.
Correspondence:  Hee Joon Park,
Received: 11 August 2009

Objective: In processing high dimensional clinical data, choosing the optimal subset of features is important, not only for reduce the computational complexity but also to improve the value of the model constructed from the given data. This study proposes an efficient feature selection method with a variable threshold.

Methods: In the proposed method, the spatial distribution of labeled data, which has non-redundant attribute values in the overlapping regions, was used to evaluate the degree of intra-class separation, and the weighted average of the redundant attribute values were used to select the cut-off value of each feature.

Results: The effectiveness of the proposed method was demonstrated by comparing the experimental results for the dyspnea patients' dataset with 11 features selected from 55 features by clinical experts with those obtained using seven other classification methods.

Conclusion: The proposed method can work well for clinical data mining and pattern classification applications.

Key Words: Feature Selection, Variable Threshold, Pattern Classification, Dyspnea Patients
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