Seminar on October 18, 2019

Hyperbox Based Matheuristics for Binary Classification and Feature Selection Problems

Derya Akbulut
Department of Industrial Engineering, Çankaya University


In this study, an optimization approach is proposed for the binary classification problem. A mixed integer programming (MIP) model formulation is used to generate overlapping hyperboxes as classifiers. The hyperboxes are determined by lower and upper bounds on the feature values, and overlapping of hyperboxes is allowed to reach a balance between misclassification and overfitting. For the test phase, distance-based heuristic algorithms are also developed to classify the overlap and uncovered samples that are not classified by the hyperboxes. A matheuristic, namely Hyperbox Classification for Binary classes (HCB), is developed based on the MIP formulation. In each iteration of the HCB algorithm, a fixed number of hyperboxes are generated using the MIP model, and unclassified sample size is reduced by a hyperbox trimming algorithm. Although HCB controls the number of hyperboxes in a greedy manner, it provides an overall hyperbox configuration with no misclassification at the end of the training phase. HCB is extended as HCB-f with the addition of feature selection property. Starting with a single feature, HCB-f inserts features and hyperboxes to the model iteratively. When the algorithm terminates, only the set of inserted features are used for classification, hence they are selected.

Short Bio

Derya Akbulut completed her undergraduate and master’s studies in Industrial Engineering Department at Çankaya University and received her Ph.D. at METU, Department of Industrial Engineering at the beginning of 2019. She worked as an expert in Industrial Engineering Department of Çankaya University between 2009-2018, and has been working as an Instructor in the same department since 2018.


Friday, October 18, 2019 at 4.00 pm in IE 03