Discovering and matching elastic rules from sequence databases

Park Sang Hyun, W. Chu Wesley

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This paper presents techniques for discovering and matching rules with elastic patterns. Elastic patterns are ordered lists of elements that can be stretched along the time axis. Elastic patterns are useful for discovering rules from data sequences with different sampling rates. For fast discovery of rules whose heads (left-hand sides) and bodies (right-hand sides) are elastic patterns, we construct a trimmed suffix tree from succinct forms of data sequences and keep the tree as a compact representation of rules. The trimmed suffix tree is also used as an index structure for finding rules matched to a target head sequence. When matched rules cannot be found, the concept of rule relaxation is introduced. Using a cluster hierarchy and relaxation error as a new distance function, we find the least relaxed rules that provide the most specific information on a target head sequence. Experiments on synthetic data sequences reveal the effectiveness of our proposed approach.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-90
Number of pages16
JournalFundamenta Informaticae
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Jul

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Algebra and Number Theory
  • Information Systems
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics


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