A Tabular Approach for Frequent itemset mining

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G.Krishna Mohan


Frequent patterns are patterns that appear in a data set frequently. For example, a set of items, such as milk and bread that appear frequently together in a transaction data set is a frequent itemset. Frequent pattern mining searches for recurring relationships in a given data set. With massive amounts of data continuously being collected and stored, many industries are becoming interested in mining such patterns from their databases. The discovery of interesting correlation relationships among huge amounts of business transaction records can help in many business decision-making processes, such as catalog design, cross-marketing, and customer shopping behavior analysis. If we think of the universe as the set of items available at the store, then each item has a Boolean variable representing the presence or absence of that item. Each basket can then be represented by a Boolean vector of values assigned to these variables. The Boolean vectors can be analyzed for buying patterns that reflect items that are frequently associated or purchased together. A set of items is referred to as an itemset. An itemset that contains k items is a k-itemset. The occurrence frequency of an itemset is the number of transactions that contain the itemset. This is also known, simply, as the frequency, support count, or count of the itemset. The set of frequent k-itemsets is commonly denoted by Lk.


Keywords: Apriori; table; AND operation; database; frequent itemsets


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