Minimally-Supervised Attribute Fusion for Data Lakes [article]

Karamjit Singh, Garima Gupta, Gautam Shroff, Puneet Agarwal
2017 arXiv   pre-print
Aggregate analysis, such as comparing country-wise sales versus global market share across product categories, is often complicated by the unavailability of common join attributes, e.g., category, across diverse datasets from different geographies or retail chains, even after disparate data is technically ingested into a common data lake. Sometimes this is a missing data issue, while in other cases it may be inherent, e.g., the records in different geographical databases may actually describe
more » ... fferent product 'SKUs', or follow different norms for categorization. Record linkage techniques can be used to automatically map products in different data sources to a common set of global attributes, thereby enabling federated aggregation joins to be performed. Traditional record-linkage techniques are typically unsupervised, relying textual similarity features across attributes to estimate matches. In this paper, we present an ensemble model combining minimal supervision using Bayesian network models together with unsupervised textual matching for automating such 'attribute fusion'. We present results of our approach on a large volume of real-life data from a market-research scenario and compare with a standard record matching algorithm. Finally we illustrate how attribute fusion using machine learning could be included as a data-lake management feature, especially as our approach also provides confidence values for matches, enabling human intervention, if required.
arXiv:1701.01094v1 fatcat:wlkuese72bclhmvx2v7xhcxmmi