Improved feature selection using a hybrid side-blotched lizard algorithm and genetic algorithm approach

Amr Abdel-aal, Ibrahim El-Henawy


Feature selection entails choosing the significant features among a wide collection of original features that are essential for predicting test data using a classifier. Feature selection is commonly used in various applications, such as bioinformatics, data mining, and the analysis of written texts, where the dataset contains tens or hundreds of thousands of features, making it difficult to analyze such a large feature set. Removing irrelevant features improves the predictor performance, making it more accurate and cost-effective. In this research, a novel hybrid technique is presented for feature selection that aims to enhance classification accuracy. A hybrid binary version of side-blotched lizard algorithm (SBLA) with genetic algorithm (GA), namely SBLAGA, which combines the strengths of both algorithms is proposed. We use a sigmoid function to adapt the continuous variables values into a binary one, and evaluate our proposed algorithm on twenty-three standard benchmark datasets. Average classification accuracy, average number of selected features and average fitness value were the evaluation criteria. According to the experimental results, SBLAGA demonstrated superior performance compared to SBLA and GA with regards to these criteria. We further compare SBLAGA with four wrapper feature selection methods that are widely used in the literature, and find it to be more efficient.


classification; feature selection; optimization; side-blotched lizard algorithm; transfer function;

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International Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering (IJECE)
p-ISSN 2088-8708, e-ISSN 2722-2578

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