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CSE 634

Data Mining Techniques

Mining Association Rules in Large Databases


Prateek Duble

(105301354
)


Course Instructor: Prof. Anita Wasilewska

State University of New York, Stony Brook

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References


Data Mining: Concepts & Techniques

by Jiawei Han and
Micheline Kamber


Presentation Slides of
Prof. Anita Wasilewska


Presentation Slides of the Course Book.


“An Effective Hah Based Algorithm for Mining
Association Rules”
(Apriori Algorithm)

by J.S. Park, M.S.
Chen & P.S.Yu , SIGMOD Conference, 1995.


“Mining Frequent Patterns without candidate generation”
(FP
-
Tree Method)

by J. Han, J. Pei , Y. Yin & R. Mao ,
SIGMOD Conference, 2000.



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Overview


Basic Concepts

of Association Rule Mining


The
Apriori

Algorithm (Mining single
dimensional boolean association rules)


Methods to Improve
Apriori’s Efficiency


Frequent
-
Pattern Growth (
FP
-
Growth
) Method


From Association Analysis to
Correlation
Analysis


Summary

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Basic Concepts of Association Rule
Mining


Association Rule Mining



Finding frequent patterns, associations, correlations,
or causal structures among sets of items or objects in
transaction databases, relational databases, and other
information repositories.


Applications



Basket data analysis, cross
-
marketing, catalog
design, loss
-
leader analysis, clustering, classification, etc.


Examples


Rule form: “
Body


Head [support, confidence]”.


buys(x, “diapers”)


buys(x, “beers”) [0.5%, 60%]


major(x, “CS”) ^ takes(x, “DB”)


grade(x, “A”) [1%, 75%]

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Association

Model:
Problem

Statement


I
={i1, i2, ...., in} a set of
items



J
= P(
I

) set of all subsets of the set of items, elements of
J
are
called
itemsets



Transaction

T:

T

is subset of
I



Data Base:

set of transactions



An
association

rule is an implication of the form :
X
-
> Y,
where

X, Y are
disjoint

subsets of
I
(elements of

J
)



Problem:

Find rules that have support and confidence greater
that user
-
specified minimum support and minimun
confidence


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Rule Measures: Support & Confidence



Simple Formulas:


Confidence (A

B)

= #tuples containing both A & B / #tuples
containing A = P(B|A) = P(A U B ) / P (A)



Support (A

B)

= #tuples containing both A & B/ total number
of tuples = P(A U B)



What do they actually mean ?


Find all the rules
X & Y


Z
with minimum confidence and
support


support,

s
, probability that a transaction contains {X, Y, Z}


confidence,

c
,

conditional probability that a transaction
having {X, Y} also contains
Z

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Support & Confidence : An Example

TransactionID
ItemsBought
2000
A,B,C
1000
A,C
4000
A,D
5000
B,E,F
Let minimum support 50%, and minimum confidence
50%, then we have,


A


C
(50%, 66.6%)


C


A
(50%, 100%)

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Types of Association Rule Mining


Boolean vs. quantitative associations


(Based on the types of values handled)


buys(x, “SQLServer”) ^ income(x, “DMBook”)


buys(x,
“DBMiner”) [0.2%, 60%]


age(x, “30..39”) ^ income(x, “42..48K”)

buys(x, “PC”) [1%,
75%]


Single dimension vs. multiple dimensional associations



(see ex. Above)


Single level vs. multiple
-
level analysis


What brands of beers are associated with what brands of
diapers?


Various extensions


Correlation, causality analysis


Association does not necessarily imply correlation or
causality


Constraints enforced


E.g., small sales (sum < 100) trigger big buys (sum > 1,000)?

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Overview


Basic Concepts

of Association Rule Mining


The Apriori Algorithm (Mining single
dimensional boolean association rules)


Methods to Improve
Apriori’s Efficiency


Frequent
-
Pattern Growth (
FP
-
Growth
) Method


From Association Analysis to
Correlation
Analysis


Summary

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The Apriori Algorithm: Basics


The Apriori Algorithm

is an influential algorithm for
mining frequent itemsets for boolean association rules.


Key Concepts :


Frequent Itemsets
: The sets of item which has minimum
support (denoted by L
i

for i
th
-
Itemset).


Apriori Property
: Any subset of frequent itemset must
be frequent.


Join Operation
: To find L
k

, a set of candidate k
-
itemsets
is generated by joining L
k
-
1

with itself.


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The Apriori Algorithm in a Nutshell


Find the
frequent itemsets
: the sets of items that have
minimum support


A subset of a frequent itemset must also be a frequent
itemset


i.e., if {
AB
} is

a frequent itemset, both {
A
} and {
B
}
should be a frequent itemset


Iteratively find frequent itemsets with cardinality from 1
to
k (k
-
itemset
)


Use the frequent itemsets to generate association rules.


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The Apriori Algorithm : Pseudo code


Join Step
: C
k

is generated by joining L
k
-
1
with itself


Prune Step
: Any (k
-
1)
-
itemset that is not frequent cannot be a
subset of a frequent k
-
itemset


Pseudo
-
code
:

C
k
:
Candidate itemset of size k

L
k

:
frequent itemset of size k


L
1

= {frequent items};

for

(
k

= 1;
L
k

!=

;
k
++)
do begin


C
k+1

= candidates generated from
L
k
;


for each

transaction
t

in database do


increment the count of all candidates in
C
k+1

that are contained in
t


L
k+1

= candidates in
C
k+1

with min_support



end

return


k

L
k
;


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The Apriori Algorithm: Example


Consider a database, D , consisting
of 9 transactions.


Suppose min. support count
required is 2 (i.e.
min_sup = 2/9 =
22 %
)


Let
minimum confidence required
is 70%.


We have to first find out the
frequent itemset using Apriori
algorithm.


Then, Association rules will be
generated using min. support &
min. confidence.

TID

List of Items

T100

I1, I2, I5

T100

I2, I4

T100

I2, I3

T100

I1, I2, I4

T100

I1, I3

T100

I2, I3

T100

I1, I3

T100

I1, I2 ,I3, I5

T100

I1, I2, I3

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Step 1
: Generating 1
-
itemset Frequent Pattern

Itemset

Sup.Count

{I1}

6

{I2}

7

{I3}

6

{I4}

2

{I5}

2

Itemset

Sup.Count

{I1}

6

{I2}

7

{I3}

6

{I4}

2

{I5}

2



In the first iteration of the algorithm, each item is a member of the set
of candidate.



The set of frequent 1
-
itemsets, L
1

, consists of the candidate 1
-
itemsets satisfying minimum support.

Scan D for
count of each
candidate

Compare candidate
support count with
minimum support
count

C
1

L
1

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Step 2
: Generating 2
-
itemset Frequent Pattern

Itemset

{I1, I2}

{I1, I3}

{I1, I4}

{I1, I5}

{I2, I3}

{I2, I4}

{I2, I5}

{I3, I4}

{I3, I5}

{I4, I5}

Itemset

Sup.

Count

{I1, I2}

4

{I1, I3}

4

{I1, I4}

1

{I1, I5}

2

{I2, I3}

4

{I2, I4}

2

{I2, I5}

2

{I3, I4}

0

{I3, I5}

1

{I4, I5}

0

Itemset

Sup

Count

{I1, I2}

4

{I1, I3}

4

{I1, I5}

2

{I2, I3}

4

{I2, I4}

2

{I2, I5}

2

Generate
C
2
candidates
from L
1

C
2

C
2

L
2

Scan D for
count of
each
candidate

Compare
candidate
support count
with
minimum
support count

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Step 2
: Generating 2
-
itemset Frequent Pattern [Cont.]


To discover the set of frequent 2
-
itemsets, L
2

, the
algorithm uses
L
1
Join
L
1

to generate a candidate set of 2
-
itemsets, C
2
.


Next, the transactions in D are scanned and the support
count for each candidate itemset in C
2

is accumulated (as
shown in the middle table).


The set of frequent 2
-
itemsets, L
2

, is then determined,
consisting of those candidate 2
-
itemsets in C
2

having
minimum support.


Note:

We haven’t used Apriori Property yet.

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Step 3
: Generating 3
-
itemset Frequent Pattern

Itemset

{I1, I2, I3}

{I1, I2, I5}

Itemset

Sup.

Count

{I1, I2, I3}

2

{I1, I2, I5}

2

Itemset

Sup

Count

{I1, I2, I3}

2

{I1, I2, I5}

2

C
3

C
3

L
3

Scan D for
count of
each
candidate

Compare
candidate
support count
with min
support count

Scan D for
count of
each
candidate



The generation of the set of candidate 3
-
itemsets, C
3

, involves
use of
the Apriori Property.



In order to find C
3
, we compute
L
2

Join

L
2
.



C
3

= L2
Join

L2 = {{I1, I2, I3}, {I1, I2, I5}, {I1, I3, I5}, {I2, I3, I4}, {I2, I3, I5},
{I2, I4, I5}}.



Now,
Join step

is complete and
Prune step

will be used to reduce the
size of C
3
.
Prune step helps to avoid heavy computation due to large C
k
.

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Step 3
: Generating 3
-
itemset Frequent Pattern [Cont.]


Based on the
Apriori property

that all subsets of a frequent itemset must
also be frequent, we can determine that four latter candidates cannot
possibly be frequent. How ?


For example , lets take
{I1, I2, I3}.

The 2
-
item subsets of it are {I1, I2}, {I1, I3}
& {I2, I3}. Since all 2
-
item subsets of {I1, I2, I3} are members of L
2
, We will
keep {I1, I2, I3} in C
3
.


Lets take another example of
{I2, I3, I5}

which shows how the pruning is
performed. The 2
-
item subsets are {I2, I3}, {I2, I5} & {I3,I5}.


BUT, {I3, I5} is not a member of L
2

and hence it is not frequent
violating
Apriori Property
. Thus We will have to remove {I2, I3, I5} from C
3
.


Therefore, C
3

= {{I1, I2, I3}, {I1, I2, I5}} after checking for all members of
result of Join operation

for
Pruning
.


Now, the transactions in D are scanned in order to determine
L
3
, consisting
of those candidates 3
-
itemsets in C
3

having minimum support.

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Step 4
: Generating 4
-
itemset Frequent Pattern


The algorithm uses L
3
Join

L
3

to generate a candidate set
of 4
-
itemsets,
C
4
. Although the join results in {{I1, I2, I3,
I5}}, this itemset is pruned since its subset {{I2, I3, I5}} is
not frequent.


Thus,
C
4

=
φ

, and algorithm terminates,
having found
all of the frequent items.
This completes our Apriori
Algorithm.


What’s Next ?


These frequent itemsets will be used to generate
strong
association rules

( where strong association rules satisfy
both minimum support & minimum confidence).


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Step 5:

Generating Association Rules from Frequent
Itemsets


Procedure:


For each frequent itemset
“l”,

generate all nonempty subsets of
l.


For every nonempty subset
s

of
l
, output the rule
“s


(l
-
s)”

if


support_count(l) / support_count(s) >= min_conf

where
min_conf is minimum confidence threshold.



Back To Example:


We had L = {{I1}, {I2}, {I3}, {I4}, {I5}, {I1,I2}, {I1,I3}, {I1,I5}, {I2,I3}, {I2,I4},
{I2,I5}, {I1,I2,I3}, {I1,I2,I5}}.


Lets take
l
= {I1,I2,I5}.


Its all nonempty subsets are {I1,I2}, {I1,I5}, {I2,I5}, {I1}, {I2}, {I5}.



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Step 5:

Generating Association Rules from Frequent
Itemsets [Cont.]


Let
minimum confidence threshold

is , say 70%.


The resulting association rules are shown below,
each listed with its confidence.


R1: I1 ^ I2


I5



Confidence = sc{I1,I2,I5}/sc{I1,I2} = 2/4 = 50%



R1 is Rejected.


R2: I1 ^ I5


I2



Confidence = sc{I1,I2,I5}/sc{I1,I5} = 2/2 = 100%



R2 is Selected.


R3: I2 ^ I5


I1



Confidence = sc{I1,I2,I5}/sc{I2,I5} = 2/2 = 100%



R3 is Selected.

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Step 5:

Generating Association Rules from
Frequent Itemsets [Cont.]



R4: I1


I2 ^ I5


Confidence = sc{I1,I2,I5}/sc{I1} = 2/6 = 33%


R4 is Rejected.



R5: I2


I1 ^ I5


Confidence = sc{I1,I2,I5}/{I2} = 2/7 = 29%


R5 is Rejected.



R6: I5


I1 ^ I2


Confidence = sc{I1,I2,I5}/ {I5} = 2/2 = 100%


R6 is Selected.


In this way, We have found three strong
association rules.

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Overview


Basic Concepts

of Association Rule Mining


The
Apriori

Algorithm (Mining single
dimensional boolean association rules)


Methods to Improve Apriori’s Efficiency


Frequent
-
Pattern Growth (
FP
-
Growth
) Method


From Association Analysis to
Correlation
Analysis


Summary

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Methods to Improve Apriori’s Efficiency


Hash
-
based itemset counting
: A
k
-
itemset whose corresponding
hashing bucket count is below the threshold cannot be frequent.


Transaction reduction
: A transaction that does not contain any
frequent k
-
itemset is useless in subsequent scans.


Partitioning:

Any itemset that is potentially frequent in DB must be
frequent in at least one of the partitions of DB.


Sampling
: mining on a subset of given data, lower support
threshold + a method to determine the completeness.


Dynamic itemset counting
: add new candidate itemsets only when
all of their subsets are estimated to be frequent.

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Overview


Basic Concepts

of Association Rule Mining


The
Apriori

Algorithm (Mining single
dimensional boolean association rules)


Methods to Improve
Apriori’s Efficiency


Frequent
-
Pattern Growth (FP
-
Growth) Method


From Association Analysis to
Correlation
Analysis


Summary


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Mining Frequent Patterns Without Candidate
Generation


Compress a large database into a compact,
Frequent
-
Pattern tree (FP
-
tree)

structure


highly condensed
, but complete for frequent pattern
mining


avoid costly database scans


Develop an
efficient
, FP
-
tree
-
based frequent pattern
mining method


A divide
-
and
-
conquer methodology: decompose
mining tasks into smaller ones


Avoid candidate generation
: sub
-
database test only!

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FP
-
Growth Method : An Example


Consider the same previous
example of a database, D ,
consisting of 9 transactions.


Suppose min. support count
required is 2 (i.e.
min_sup =
2/9 = 22 %
)


The first scan of database is
same as Apriori, which derives
the set of 1
-
itemsets & their
support counts.


The set of frequent items is
sorted in the order of
descending support count.


The resulting set is denoted as
L = {I2:7, I1:6, I3:6, I4:2, I5:2}


TID

List of Items

T100

I1, I2, I5

T100

I2, I4

T100

I2, I3

T100

I1, I2, I4

T100

I1, I3

T100

I2, I3

T100

I1, I3

T100

I1, I2 ,I3, I5

T100

I1, I2, I3

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FP
-
Growth Method: Construction of FP
-
Tree


First, create the
root

of the tree, labeled with “
null
”.


Scan the database D a
second time
. (First time we scanned it to
create 1
-
itemset and then L).


The items in each transaction are processed in L order (i.e. sorted
order).


A branch is created for
each transaction

with items having their
support count separated by colon.


Whenever the same node is encountered in another transaction, we
just
increment
the support count of the common node or Prefix.


To facilitate tree traversal,
an item header table

is built so that each
item points to its occurrences in the tree via a chain of node
-
links.


Now, The problem of mining frequent patterns in database is
transformed to that of mining the FP
-
Tree.


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FP
-
Growth Method: Construction of FP
-
Tree

An FP
-
Tree that registers compressed, frequent pattern information

Item
Id

Sup
Count

Node
-
link

I2

7

I1

6

I3

6

I4

2

I5

2

I2:7

null{}

I1:2

I1:4

I3:2

I4:1

I3:2

I5:1

I5:1

I3:2

I4:1

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Mining the FP
-
Tree by Creating Conditional
(sub) pattern bases

Steps:

1.
Start from each
frequent length
-
1 pattern

(as an initial suffix
pattern).

2.
Construct its
conditional pattern base

which consists of the
set of prefix paths in the FP
-
Tree co
-
occurring with suffix
pattern.

3.
Then, Construct its
conditional FP
-
Tree

& perform mining
on such a tree.

4.
The
pattern growth

is achieved by concatenation of the
suffix pattern with the frequent patterns generated from a
conditional FP
-
Tree.

5.
The union of all frequent patterns (generated by step 4)
gives
the required frequent itemset.

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FP
-
Tree Example Continued

Now, Following the above mentioned steps:


Lets start from I5. The I5 is involved in 2 branches namely {I2 I1 I5: 1} and {I2
I1 I3 I5: 1}.


Therefore considering I5 as suffix, its 2 corresponding prefix paths would be
{I2 I1: 1} and {I2 I1 I3: 1}, which forms its conditional pattern base.

Item

Conditional pattern
base

Conditional

FP
-
Tree

Frequent pattern
generated

I5

{(I2 I1: 1),(I2 I1 I3: 1)}

<I2:2 , I1:2>

I2 I5:2, I1 I5:2, I2 I1 I5: 2

I4

{(I2 I1: 1),(I2: 1)}

<I2: 2>

I2 I4: 2

I3

{(I2 I1: 1),(I2: 2), (I1: 2)}

<I2: 4, I1: 2>,<I1:2>

I2 I3:4, I1, I3: 2 , I2 I1 I3: 2

I2

{(I2: 4)}

<I2: 4>

I2 I1: 4

Mining the FP
-
Tree by creating conditional (sub) pattern bases

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FP
-
Tree Example Continued


Out of these, Only I1 & I2 is selected in the conditional FP
-
Tree
because I3 is not satisfying the minimum support count.


For I1 , support count in conditional pattern base = 1 + 1 = 2


For I2 , support count in conditional pattern base = 1 + 1 = 2


For I3, support count in conditional pattern base = 1


Thus support count for I3 is less than required min_sup which is 2
here.


Now , We have conditional FP
-
Tree with us.


All frequent pattern corresponding to suffix I5 are generated by
considering all possible combinations of I5 and conditional FP
-
Tree.


The same procedure is applied to suffixes I4, I3 and I1.


Note:

I2 is not taken into consideration for suffix because it doesn’t
have any prefix at all.

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Why Frequent Pattern Growth Fast ?


Performance study shows


FP
-
growth is an order of magnitude faster than Apriori,
and is also faster than tree
-
projection


Reasoning


No candidate generation, no candidate test


Use compact data structure


Eliminate repeated database scan


Basic operation is counting and FP
-
tree building

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Overview


Basic Concepts

of Association Rule Mining


The
Apriori

Algorithm (Mining single
dimensional boolean association rules)


Methods to Improve
Apriori’s Efficiency


Frequent
-
Pattern Growth (
FP
-
Growth
) Method


From Association Analysis to Correlation
Analysis


Summary

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Association & Correlation


As we can see support
-
confidence framework can be
misleading; it can identify a rule (A=>B) as
interesting (strong) when, in fact the occurrence of A
might not imply the occurrence of B.



Correlation Analysis

provides an alternative
framework for finding interesting relationships, or
to improve understanding of meaning of some
association rules (
a lift of an association rule
).

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Correlation Concepts


Two item sets
A and B are independent

(the
occurrence of A is independent of the occurrence of
item set B) iff

P(A


B) = P(A)


P(B)


Otherwise A and B are dependent and

correlated



The measure of correlation, or

correlation between
A and B

is given by the formula:

Corr(A,B)= P(A U B ) / P(A) . P(B)

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Correlation Concepts [Cont.]


corr(A,B) >1

means that A and B are

positively
correlated
i.e. the occurrence of one implies the
occurrence of the other.



corr(A,B) < 1

means that the occurrence of A is


negatively correlated

with ( or discourages) the
occurrence of B.



corr(A,B) =1

means that A and B are
independent
and there is
no correlation

between them.

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Association & Correlation


The correlation formula can be re
-
written as


Corr(A,B) = P(B|A) / P(B)



We already know that


Support(A

B)= P(AUB)


Confidence(A


B)= P(B|A)


That means that,

Confidence(A

B)= corr(A,B) P(B)



So correlation, support and confidence are all different, but the
correlation provides an extra information about the association rule
(A

B).



We say that the correlation
corr(A,B) provides the LIFT of the
association rule (A=>B)
, i.e. A is said to increase (or LIFT) the
likelihood of B by the factor of the value returned by the formula for
corr(A,B).

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Correlation Rules


A correlation rule

is a set of items {i
1
, i
2

, ….i
n
}, where the
items occurrences are correlated.



The correlation value

is given by the correlation formula
and we use
Χ square test to determine if correlation is
statistically significant. The Χ square test can also
determine the negative correlation. We can also form
minimal correlated item sets, etc…



Limitations:

Χ square test is less accurate on the data
tables that are sparse and can be misleading for the
contingency tables larger then 2x2

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Summary


Association Rule Mining


Finding interesting association or correlation relationships.


Association rules are generated from
frequent itemsets
.


Frequent itemsets are mined using
Apriori algorithm

or
Frequent
-
Pattern Growth method.


Apriori property

states that all the subsets of frequent itemsets must
also be frequent.


Apriori algorithm uses
frequent itemsets, join & prune methods and
Apriori property

to derive strong association rules.


Frequent
-
Pattern Growth

method avoids repeated database
scanning of Apriori algorithm.


FP
-
Growth method is faster than Apriori algorithm
.


Correlation concepts & rules

can be used to further support our
derived association rules.

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