Clouds: A Decision Tree Classifier for Large Datasets

Khaled Alsabti, Sanjay Ranka, and Vineet Singh

Classification for very large datasets has many practical applications in data mining. Techniques such as discretization and dataset sampling can be used to scale up decision tree classifiers to large datasets. Unfortunately, both of these techniques can cause a significant loss in accuracy. We present a novel decision tree classifier called CLOUDS, which samples the splitting points for numeric attributes followed by an estimation step to narrow the search space of the best split. CLOUDS reduces computation and I/O complexity substantially compared to state of the art classifiers, while maintaining the quality of the generated trees in terms of accuracy and tree size. We provide experimental results with a number of real and synthetic datasets.

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