PUC: Parallel mining of high-utility itemsets with load balancing on spark

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Distributed programming paradigms such as MapReduce and Spark have alleviated sequential bottleneck while mining of massive transaction databases. Of significant importance is mining High Utility Itemset (HUI) that incorporates the revenue of the items purchased in a transaction. Although a few algorithms to mine HUIs in the distributed environment exist, workload skew and data transfer overhead due to shuffling operations remain major issues. In the current study, Parallel Utility Computation (PUC) algorithm has been proposed with novel grouping and load balancing strategies for an efficient mining of HUIs in a distributed environment. To group the items, Transaction Weighted Utility (TWU) values as a degree of transaction similarity is employed. Subsequently, these groups are assigned to the nodes across the cluster by taking into account the mining load due to the items in the group. Experimental evaluation on real and synthetic datasets demonstrate that PUC with TWU grouping in conjunction with load balancing converges mining faster. Due to reduced data transfer, and load balancing-based assignment strategy, PUC outperforms different grouping strategies and random assignment of groups across the cluster. Also, PUC is shown to be faster than PHUI-Growth algorithm with a promising speedup.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)568-588
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Intelligent Systems
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Information Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence


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