Mining sequential patterns from probabilistic databases

2014-06-26T13:15:31Z (GMT) by Muhammad Muzammal Rajeev Raman
This paper considers the problem of sequential pattern mining (SPM) in probabilistic databases. Specifically, we consider SPM in situations where there is uncertainty in associating an event with a source, model this kind of uncertainty in the probabilistic database framework and consider the problem of enumerating all sequences whose expected support is sufficiently large. We give an algorithm based on dynamic programming to compute the expected support of a sequential pattern. Next, we propose three algorithms for mining sequential patterns from probabilistic databases. The first two algorithms are based on the candidate generation framework – one each based on a breadth-first (similar to GSP) and a depth-first (similar to SPAM) exploration of the search space. The third one is based on the pattern growth framework (similar to PrefixSpan). We propose optimizations that mitigate the effects of the expensive dynamic programming computation step. We give an empirical evaluation of the probabilistic SPM algorithms and the optimizations, and demonstrate the scalability of the algorithms in terms of CPU time and the memory usage. We also demonstrate the effectiveness of the probabilistic SPM framework in extracting meaningful sequences in the presence of noise.