Prism: An effective approach for frequent sequence mining via prime-block encoding

Karam Gouda, Mosab Hassaan, Mohammed J. Zaki

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Sequence mining is one of the fundamental data mining tasks. In this paper we present a novel approach for mining frequent sequences, called Prism. It utilizes a vertical approach for enumeration and support counting, based on the novel notion of primal block encoding, which in turn is based on prime factorization theory. Via an extensive evaluation on both synthetic and real datasets, we show that Prism outperforms popular sequence mining methods like SPADE [M.J. Zaki, SPADE: An efficient algorithm for mining frequent sequences, Mach. Learn. J. 42 (1/2) (Jan/Feb 2001) 31-60], PrefixSpan [J. Pei, J. Han, B. Mortazavi-Asl, H. Pinto, Q. Chen, U. Dayal, M.-C. Hsu, PrefixSpan: Mining sequential patterns efficiently by prefixprojected pattern growth, in: Int'l Conf. Data Engineering, April 2001] and SPAM [J. Ayres, J.E. Gehrke, T. Yiu, J. Flannick, Sequential pattern mining using bitmaps, in: SIGKDD Int'l Conf. on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, July 2002], by an order of magnitude or more.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-102
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Computer and System Sciences
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2010
Externally publishedYes



  • Data mining
  • Frequent sequence mining
  • Prime encoding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Applied Mathematics

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