Automated feature selection using improved migrating birds optimization for enhanced medical diagnosis

Naoual El Aboudi, Youness Riouali, Ahmed Reda Maminou, Hassane Jabri, Laila Benhlima


The feature selection task is a crucial phase in data analysis, aiming to identify a minimized set of relevant features for the target class, thereby eliminating irrelevant and redundant attributes used for model training. While population-based feature selection approaches offer prominent solutions for classification performance, their computational time can be prohibitive. To mitigate delays and optimize resource utilization, this study adopts machine learning operations (MLOps). MLOps involves the seamless transition of experimental machine learning models into production, serving them to end users and automating the feature selection phase. This paper introduces a novel feature selection method based on improved migrating bird optimization and its automated variant integrated into MLOps. Experiments conducted on six medical datasets validate the effectiveness of our proposed feature selection method in improving the outcomes of medical diagnosis systems. The results showcase satisfactory performance in terms of classification compared to concurrent feature selection algorithms.


Automated pipeline; Feature selection; Machine learning; Medical diagnosis; Migrating birds optimization; MLOps

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

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