Frequent pattern mining (FPM) has been a focused theme in data mining research for decades, but there lacks a general programming framework that can be easily customized to mine different kinds of frequent patterns, and existing solutions to FPM over big transaction databases are IO-bound rendering CPU cores underutilized even though FPM is NP-hard. This paper presents, PrefixFPM, a general-purpose framework for FPM that is able to fully utilize the CPU cores in a multicore machine. PrefixFPM follows the idea of prefix projection to partition the workloads of PFM into independent tasks by divide and conquer. PrefixFPM exposes a unified programming interface to users who can customize it to mine their desired patterns, and the parallel execution engine is transparent to end-users and can be reused for mining all kinds of patterns. We have adapted the state-of-the-art serial algorithms for mining frequent patterns including subsequences, subtrees, and subgraphs on top of PrefixFPM, and extensive experiments demonstrate an excellent speedup ratio of PrefixFPM with the number of cores. A demo is available at https://youtu.be/PfioC0GDpsw; the code is available at https://github.com/yanlab19870714/PrefixFPM.
PrefixFPM: a parallel framework for general-purpose mining of frequent and closed patterns
A frequent pattern is a substructure that appears in a database with frequency (aka. support) no less than a user-specified threshold, while a closed pattern is one that has no super-pattern that has the same support. Here, a substructure can refer to different structural forms, such as itemsets, subsequences, subtrees, and subgraphs, and mining such substructures is important in many real applications such as product recommendation and feature extraction. Currently, there lacks a general programming framework that can be easily customized to mine different types of patterns, and existing parallel and distributed solutions are IO-bound rendering CPU cores underutilized. Since mining frequent and/or closed patterns are NP-hard, it is important to fully utilize the available CPU cores. This paper presents such a general-purpose framework called PrefixFPM. The framework is based on the idea of prefix projection which allows a divide-and-conquer mining paradigm. PrefixFPM exposes a unified programming interface to users who can readily customize it to mine their desired patterns. We have adapted the state-of-the-art serial algorithms for mining patterns including subsequences, subtrees, and subgraphs on top of PrefixFPM, and extensive experiments demonstrate an excellent speedup ratio of PrefixFPM with the number of CPU cores.
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