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Imbalanced data are often encountered in real-world applications, they may incline the performance of classification to be biased. The immune-based algorithm artificial immune recognition system (AIRS) is applied to Duke Energy distribution systems outage data and we investigate its capability to classify imbalanced data. The performance of AIRS is compared with an artificial neural network (ANN). Two major distribution fault causes, tree and lightning strike, are used as prototypes and a tailor-made measure for imbalanced data, g-mean, is used as the major performance measure. The results indicate that AIRS is able to achieve a more balanced performance on imbalanced data than ANN.