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Proposing an Improved Semantic and Syntactic Data Quality Mining Method using Clustering and Fuzzy Techniques

Hamid Reza Khosravani Published in Artificial Intelligence

International Journal of Applied Information Systems
Year of Publication 2012
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  1. Hamid Reza Khosravani. Article: Proposing an Improved Semantic and Syntactic Data Quality Mining Method using Clustering and Fuzzy Techniques. International Journal of Applied Information Systems 3(3):8-12, July 2012. BibTeX

    	author = "Hamid Reza Khosravani",
    	title = "Article: Proposing an Improved Semantic and Syntactic Data Quality Mining Method using Clustering and Fuzzy Techniques",
    	journal = "International Journal of Applied Information Systems",
    	year = 2012,
    	volume = 3,
    	number = 3,
    	pages = "8-12",
    	month = "July",
    	note = "Published by Foundation of Computer Science, New York, USA"


Data quality plays an important role in knowledge discovering process in databases. Researchers have proposed two different approaches for data quality evaluation so far. The first approach is based on statistical methods while the second one uses data mining techniques which caused further improvement in data quality evaluation results through relying on knowledge extracting. Our proposed method in data quality evaluation follows the second approach and focuses on accuracy dimension of data quality evaluation including both syntactic and semantic aspects.

Existing data mining techniques evaluate data quality of relational database records only based on association rules which are extracted from their categorical features. Since in real world, we have data with both categorical and numerical features, the main problem of these methods is that numerical feature of data is ignored. Our proposed method in this paper which relies on records' clustering concept, has overcome the existing methods' problem.

In this method we extract the describing rule for each record's cluster and assign a weight to each field of a record to consider the degree of its importance in data quality evaluation. This method evaluates the data quality in a hierarchical manner based on three defined criteria. The simulation results show that using this new proposed method has improved data quality evaluation of the relational database records in an acceptable manner.


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Data Quality Mining, Association Rules, Categorical Feature, Numerical Feature