A Hybrid Approach for Feature Subset Selection using Ant Colony Optimization and Multi-Classifier Ensemble

Anam Naseer, Waseem Shahzad, Arslan Ellahi
2018 International Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications  
An active area of research in data mining and machine learning is dimensionality reduction. Feature subset selection is an effective technique for dimensionality reduction and an essential step in successful data mining applications. It reduces the number of features, removes irrelevant, redundant, or noisy features, and enhances the predictive capability of the classifier. It provides fast and cost-effective predictors and leading to better model comprehensibility. In this paper, we proposed a
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doi:10.14569/ijacsa.2018.090142 fatcat:armvbgepuzhpznhzee2r5oufxu