Robust unsupervised feature selection on networked data Conference Paper uri icon


  • Copyright © by SIAM. Feature selection has shown its effectiveness to prepare high-dimensional data for many data mining and machine learning tasks. Traditional feature selection algorithms are mainly based on the assumption that data instances are independent and identically distributed. However, this assumption is invalid in networked data since instances are not only associated with high dimensional features but also inherently interconnected with each other. In addition, obtaining label information for networked data is time consuming and labor intensive. Without label information to direct feature selection, it is difficult to assess the feature relevance. In contrast to the scarce label information, link information in networks are abundant and could help select relevant features. However, most networked data has a lot of noisy links, resulting in the feature selection algorithms to be less effective. To address the above mentioned issues, we propose a robust unsupervised feature selection framework NetFS for networked data, which embeds the latent representation learning into feature selection. Therefore, content information is able to help mitigate the negative effects from noisy links in learning latent representations, while good latent representations in turn can contribute to extract more meaningful features. In other words, both phases could cooperate and boost each other. Experimental results on real-world datasets demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed framework.

author list (cited authors)

  • Li, J., Hu, X., Wu, L., & Liu, H.

publication date

  • January 2016