Performance of feature selection methods. Academic Article uri icon


  • High-throughput biological technologies offer the promise of finding feature sets to serve as biomarkers for medical applications; however, the sheer number of potential features (genes, proteins, etc.) means that there needs to be massive feature selection, far greater than that envisioned in the classical literature. This paper considers performance analysis for feature-selection algorithms from two fundamental perspectives: How does the classification accuracy achieved with a selected feature set compare to the accuracy when the best feature set is used and what is the optimal number of features that should be used? The criteria manifest themselves in several issues that need to be considered when examining the efficacy of a feature-selection algorithm: (1) the correlation between the classifier errors for the selected feature set and the theoretically best feature set; (2) the regressions of the aforementioned errors upon one another; (3) the peaking phenomenon, that is, the effect of sample size on feature selection; and (4) the analysis of feature selection in the framework of high-dimensional models corresponding to high-throughput data.

published proceedings

  • Curr Genomics

altmetric score

  • 2.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Dougherty, E. R., Hua, J., & Sima, C.

citation count

  • 25

complete list of authors

  • Dougherty, Edward R||Hua, Jianping||Sima, Chao

publication date

  • September 2009