Association rule mining in peer-to-peer systems

Ran Wolff, Assaf Schuster

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We extend the problem of association rule mining - a key data mining problem - to systems in which the database is partitioned among a very large number of computers that are dispersed over a wide area. Such computing systems include GRID computing platforms, federated database systems, and peer-to-peer computing environments. The scale of these systems poses several difficulties, such as the impracticality of global communications and global synchronization, dynamic topology changes of the network, on-the-fly data updates, the need to share resources with other applications, and the frequent failure and recovery of resources. We present an algorithm by which every node in the system can reach the exact solution, as if it were given the combined database. The algorithm is entirely asynchronous, imposes very little communication overhead, transparently tolerates network topology changes and node failures, and quickly adjusts to changes in the data as they occur. Simulation of up to 10,000 nodes show that the algorithm is local: all rules, except for those whose confidence is about equal to the confidence threshold, are discovered using information gathered from a very small vicinity, whose size is independent of the size of the system.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 3rd IEEE International Conference on Data Mining, ICDM 2003
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes
Event3rd IEEE International Conference on Data Mining, ICDM '03 - Melbourne, FL, United States
Duration: 19 Nov 200322 Nov 2003

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE International Conference on Data Mining, ICDM
ISSN (Print)1550-4786


Conference3rd IEEE International Conference on Data Mining, ICDM '03
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMelbourne, FL

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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