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Market Baskets
Frequent Itemsets
Apriori Algorithm
1 The MarketBasket Model
x A large set of items, e.g., things sold in a supermarket.
x A large set of baskets, each of which is a small set of the items, e.g., the things one customer buys on one day. 2 Support
x Simplest question: find sets of items that appear “frequently” in the baskets.
x Support for itemset I = the number of baskets containing all items in I. x Given a support threshold s, sets of items that appear in > s baskets are called frequent itemsets.
3 Example
x Items={milk, coke, pepsi, beer, juice}.
x Support = 3 baskets.
B1 = {m, c, b}
B3 = {m, b}
B5 = {m, p, b}
B7 = {c, b, j} B2 = {m, p, j}
B4 = {c, j}
B6 = {m, c, b, j}
B8 = {b, c} x Frequent itemsets: {m}, {c}, {b}, {j}, {m, b}, {c, b}, {j, c}.
4 Applications (1)
x Real market baskets: chain stores keep terabytes of information about what customers buy together.
Tells how typical customers navigate stores, lets them position tempting items.
Suggests tiein “tricks,” e.g., run sale on diapers and raise the price of beer. x High support needed, or no $$’s . 5 Applications (2)
x “Baskets” = documents; “items” = words in those documents.
Lets us find words that appear together unusually frequently, i.e., linked concepts. x “Baskets” = sentences, “items” = documents containing those sentences.
Items that appear together too often could represent plagiarism. 6 Applications (3)
x “Baskets” = Web pages; “items” = linked pages.
Pairs of pages with many common references may be about the same topic. x “Baskets” = Web pages p ; “items” = pages that link to p . Pages with many of the same links may be mirrors or about the same topic.
7 Important Point
x “Market Baskets” is an abstraction that models any manymany relationship between two concepts: “items” and “baskets.”
Items need not be “contained” in baskets. x The only difference is that we count co
occurrences of items related to a basket, not viceversa.
8 Scale of Problem
x WalMart sells 100,000 items and can store billions of baskets.
x The Web has over 100,000,000 words and billions of pages. 9 Association Rules
x Ifthen rules about the contents of baskets.
x {i1, i2,…,ik} → j means: “if a basket contains all of i1,…,ik then it is likely to contain j.
x Confidence of this association rule is the probability of j given i1,…,ik.
10 Example
+ B1 = {m, c, b}
_
B3 = {m, b}
_ B5 = {m, p, b}
B7 = {c, b, j} B2 = {m, p, j}
B4 = {c, j}
+ B6 = {m, c, b, j}
B8 = {b, c} x An association rule: {m, b} → c.
Confidence = 2/4 = 50%. 11 Interest
x The interest of an association rule is the absolute value of the amount by which the confidence differs from what you would expect, were items selected independently of one another. 12 Example
B1 = {m, c, b}
B3 = {m, b}
B5 = {m, p, b}
B7 = {c, b, j} B2 = {m, p, j}
B4 = {c, j}
B6 = {m, c, b, j}
B8 = {b, c} x For association rule {m, b} → c, item c appears in 5/8 of the baskets.
x Interest =  2/4 5/8  = 1/8 not very interesting.
13 Relationships Among Measures
x Rules with high support and confidence may be useful even if they are not “interesting.”
We don’t care if buying bread causes people to buy milk, or whether simply a lot of people buy both bread and milk. x But high interest suggests a cause that might be worth investigating. 14 Finding Association Rules
x A typical question: “find all association rules with support ≥ s and confidence ≥ c.”
Note: “support” of an association rule is the support of the set of items it mentions. x Hard part: finding the highsupport (frequent ) itemsets.
Checking the confidence of association rules involving those sets is relatively easy. 15 Computation Model
x Typically, data is kept in a “flat file” rather than a database system. Stored on disk.
Stored basketbybasket.
Expand baskets into pairs, triples, etc. as you read baskets. 16 Computation Model (2)
x The true cost of mining diskresident data is usually the number of disk I/O’s.
x In practice, associationrule algorithms read the data in passes all baskets read in turn.
x Thus, we measure the cost by the number of passes an algorithm takes.
17 MainMemory Bottleneck
x In many algorithms to find frequent itemsets we need to worry about how main memory is used.
As we read baskets, we need to count something, e.g., occurrences of pairs.
The number of different things we can count is limited by main memory.
Swapping counts in/out is a disaster. 18 Finding Frequent Pairs
x The hardest problem often turns out to be finding the frequent pairs.
x We’ll concentrate on how to do that, then discuss extensions to finding frequent triples, etc. 19 Naïve Algorithm
x A simple way to find frequent pairs is: Read file once, counting in main memory the occurrences of each pair. • Expand each basket of n items into its n (n 1)/2 pairs. x Fails if #itemssquared exceeds main memory. 20 Details of MainMemory Counting
x There are two basic approaches: 1. Count all item pairs, using a triangular matrix.
2. Keep a table of triples [i, j, c] = the count of the pair of items {i,j } is c. x (1) requires only (say) 4 bytes/pair; (2) requires 12 bytes, but only for those pairs with >0 counts.
21 4 per pair Method (1) 12 per
occurring pair Method (2)
22 Details of Approach (1)
x Number items 1,2,…
x Keep pairs in the order {1,2}, {1,3},…, {1,n }, {2,3}, {2,4},…,{2,n }, {3,4},…, {3,n },…{n 1,n }.
x Find pair {i, j } at the position (i –1)(n –i /2) + j – i.
x Total number of pairs n (n –1)/2; total bytes about 2n 2.
23 Details of Approach (2)
x You need a hash table, with i and j as the key, to locate (i, j, c) triples efficiently. Typically, the cost of the hash structure can be neglected. x Total bytes used is about 12p, where p is the number of pairs that actually occur. Beats triangular matrix if at most 1/3 of possible pairs actually occur.
24 APriori Algorithm (1)
x A twopass approach called apriori limits the need for main memory.
x Key idea: monotonicity : if a set of items appears at least s times, so does every subset. Contrapositive for pairs: if item i does not appear in s baskets, then no pair including i can appear in s baskets.
25 APriori Algorithm (2)
x Pass 1: Read baskets and count in main memory the occurrences of each item. Requires only memory proportional to #items. x Pass 2: Read baskets again and count in main memory only those pairs both of which were found in Pass 1 to be frequent.
Requires memory proportional to square of frequent items only.
26 Picture of APriori
Item counts Frequent items Counts of
candidate
pairs
Pass 1 Pass 2
27 Detail for APriori
x You can use the triangular matrix method with n = number of frequent items. Saves space compared with storing triples. x Trick: number frequent items 1,2,… and keep a table relating new numbers to original item numbers.
28 Frequent Triples, Etc.
x For each k, we construct two sets of k –tuples: Ck = candidate k – tuples = those that might be frequent sets (support > s ) based on information from the pass for k –1.
Lk = the set of truly frequent k –tuples. 29 C1 Filter First
pass L1 Construct C2 Filter L2 Construct C3 Second
pass 30 APriori for All Frequent Itemsets
x One pass for each k.
x Needs room in main memory to count each candidate k –tuple.
x For typical marketbasket data and reasonable support (e.g., 1%), k = 2 requires the most memory. 31 Frequent Itemsets (2)
x C1 = all items
x L1 = those counted on first pass to be frequent.
x C2 = pairs, both chosen from L1.
x In general, Ck = k –tuples each k –1 of which is in Lk1.
x Lk = those candidates with support ≥ s.
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