A competitive three-level pruning technique for information security

Morshed Chowdhury, Jemal Abawajy, Andrei Kelarev, Kouichi Sakurai

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The reduction of size of ensemble classifiers is important for various security applications. The majority of known pruning algorithms belong to the following three categories: ranking based, clustering based, and optimization based methods. The present paper introduces and investigates a new pruning technique. It is called a Three-Level Pruning Technique, TLPT, because it simultaneously combines all three approaches in three levels of the process. This paper investigates the TLPT method combining the state-of-the-art ranking of the Ensemble Pruning via Individual Contribution ordering, EPIC, the clustering of the K-Means Pruning, KMP, and the optimisation method of Directed Hill Climbing Ensemble Pruning, DHCEP, for a phishing dataset. Our new experiments presented in this paper show that the TLPT is competitive in comparison to EPIC, KMP and DHCEP, and can achieve better outcomes. These experimental results demonstrate the effectiveness of the TLPT technique in this example of information security application.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-32
Number of pages8
JournalCommunications in Computer and Information Science
Publication statusPublished - 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science
  • General Mathematics


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