CN2 algorithm

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The CN2 induction algorithm is a learning algorithm for rule induction.[1] It is designed to work even when the training data is imperfect. It is based on ideas from the AQ algorithm and the ID3 algorithm. As a consequence it creates a rule set like that created by AQ but is able to handle noisy data like ID3.

Description of algorithm[edit]

The algorithm must be given a set of examples, TrainingSet, which have already been classified in order to generate a list of classification rules. A set of conditions, SimpleConditionSet, which can be applied, alone or in combination, to any set of examples is predefined to be used for the classification.

routine CN2(TrainingSet)
   let the ClassificationRuleList be empty
      let the BestConditionExpression be Find_BestConditionExpression(TrainingSet)
      if the BestConditionExpression is not nil
            let the TrainingSubset be the examples covered by the BestConditionExpression
            remove from the TrainingSet the examples in the TrainingSubset
            let the MostCommonClass be the most common class of examples in the TrainingSubset
            append to the ClassificationRuleList the rule
               'if ' the BestConditionExpression ' then the class is ' the MostCommonClass
   until the TrainingSet is empty or the BestConditionExpression is nil
return the ClassificationRuleList
routine Find_BestConditionExpression(TrainingSet)
   let the ConditionalExpressionSet be empty
   let the BestConditionExpression be nil
      let the TrialConditionalExpressionSet be the set of conditional expressions,
         {x and y where x belongs to the ConditionalExpressionSet and y belongs to the SimpleConditionSet}.
      remove all formulae in the TrialConditionalExpressionSet that are either in the ConditionalExpressionSet (i.e.,
          the unspecialized ones) or null (e.g., big = y and big = n)
      for every expression, F, in the TrialConditionalExpressionSet
            F is statistically significant
               and F is better than the BestConditionExpression
               by user-defined criteria when tested on the TrainingSet
               replace the current value of the BestConditionExpression by F
      while the number of expressions in the TrialConditionalExpressionSet > user-defined maximum
         remove the worst expression from the TrialConditionalExpressionSet
      let the ConditionalExpressionSet be the TrialConditionalExpressionSet
   until the ConditionalExpressionSet is empty
return the BestConditionExpression


  1. ^ Clark, P. and Niblett, T (1989) The CN2 induction algorithm. Machine Learning 3(4):261-283.

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