Department of Computer Science
Mining local data sources for learning global cluster models via local model exchange
Distributed data mining has recently caught a lot of attention as there are many cases where pooling distributed data for mining is probibited, due to either huge data volume or data privacy. In this paper, we addressed the issue of learning a global cluster model, known as the latent class model, by mining distributed data sources. Most of the existing model learning algorithms (e.g., EM) require access to all the available training data. Instead, we studied a methodology based on periodic model exchange and merge, and applied it to Web structure modeling. In addition, we have tested a number of variations of the basic idea, including confining the exchange to some privacy friendly parameters and varying the number of distributed sources. Experimental results show that the proposed distributed learning scheme is effective with accuracy close to the case with all the data physically shared for the learning. Also, our results show empirically that sharing less model parameters as a further mechanism for privacy control does not result in significant performance degradation for our application.
Distributed data mining, model-based learning, latent class model, privacy preservation
Source Publication Title
IEEE Intelligent Informatics Bulletin
The Technical Committee on Intelligent Informatics (TCII)
Link to Publisher's Edition
Zhang, Xiao-Feng, Chak-Man Lam, and William K. Cheung. "Mining local data sources for learning global cluster models via local model exchange." IEEE Intelligent Informatics Bulletin 4.2 (2004): 16-22.