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Detecting and removing noisy instances from concept descriptions

  • Author(s): Aha, David W.
  • Kibler, Dennis
  • et al.

Several published results show that instance-based learning algorithms record high classification accuracies and low storage requirements when applied to supervised learning tasks. However, these learning algorithms are highly sensitive to training set noise. This paper describes a simple extension of instance-based learning algorithms for detecting and removing noisy instances from concept descriptions. The extension requires evidence that saved instances be significantly good classifiers before it allows them to be used for subsequent classification tasks. We show that this extension's performance degrades more slowly in the presence of noise, improves classification accuracies, and further reduces storage requirements in several artificial and real-world databases.

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