Mining Timed Sequential Patterns: The Minits-AllOcc Technique

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Richard Mann

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Research Paper


Sequential pattern mining is one of the data mining tasks used to find the subsequences in a sequence dataset that appear together in order based on time. Sequence data can be collected from devices, such as sensors, GPS, or satellites, and ordered based on timestamps, which are the times when they are generated/collected. Mining patterns in such data can be used to support many applications, including weather forecasting and transportation recommendation systems. Numerous techniques have been proposed to address the problem of how to mine subsequences in a sequence dataset; however, current traditional algorithms ignore the temporal information between the itemset in a sequential pattern. This information is essential in many situations. For example, doctors, even if they know a symptom B will appear after symptom A for a specific disease, must know the time interval of when symptom B is expected to appear to reduce the disease's risk and provide a suitable treatment. Considering temporal relationship information for sequential patterns raises new issues to be solved, such as designing a new data structure to save this information and traversing this structure efficiently to discover patterns without re-scanning the database. In this paper, we propose an algorithm called Minits-AllOcc (MINIng Timed Sequential Pattern for All-time Occurrences) to find sequential patterns and the transition time between itemsets based on all occurrences of a pattern in the database. We also propose a parallel multi-core CPU version of this algorithm, called MMinits-AllOcc (Multi-core for MINIng Timed Sequential Pattern for All-time Occurrences), to deal with Big Data. Extensive experiments on real and synthetic datasets show the advantages of this approach over the brute-force method. Also, the multi-core CPU version of the algorithm is shown to outperform the single-core version on Big Data by 2.5X.



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Saturday, November 26, 2022