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Graph propositionalization methods can be used to transform structured and relational data into fixed-length feature vectors, enabling standard machine learning algorithms to be used for generating predictive models. It is however not clear how well different propositionalization methods work in conjunction with different standard machine learning algorithms. Three different graph propositionalization methods are investigated in conjunction with three standard learning algorithms: random forests, support vector machines and nearest neighbor classifiers. An experiment on 21 datasets from the domain of medicinal chemistry shows that the choice of propositionalization method may have a significant impact on the resulting accuracy. The empirical investigation further shows that for datasets from this domain, the use of the maximal frequent item set approach for propositionalization results in the most accurate classifiers, significantly outperforming the two other graph propositionalization methods considered in this study, SUBDUE and MOSS, for all three learning methods.
Date of Conference: 12-14 Dec. 2010