Evolutionary Feature Selection
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This thesis contains research on feature selection, in particular feature selection using evolutionary algorithms. Feature selection is motivated by increasing data-dimensionality and the need to construct simple induction models.A literature review of evolutionary feature selection is conducted. After that a abstract feature selection algorithm, capable of using many different wrappers, is constructed. The algorithm is configured using a low-dimensional dataset. Finally it is tested on a wide range of datasets, revealing both it's abilities and problems.The main contribution is the revelation that classifier accuracy is not a sufficient metric for feature selection on high-dimensional data.