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Repairing concavities in ROC curves

Peter A. Flach, Shaomin Wu, Repairing concavities in ROC curves. Proceedings of the 19th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI'05). ISSN 0938075934, pp. 702–707. August 2005. PDF, 494 Kbytes. External information


In this paper we investigate methods to detect and repair concavities in ROC curves by manipulating model predictions. The basic idea is that, if a point or a set of points lies below the line spanned by two other points in ROC space, we can use this information to repair the concavity. This effectively builds a hybrid model combining the two better models with an inversion of the poorer models; in the case of ranking classifiers, it means that certain intervals of the scores are identified as unreliable and candidates for inversion. We report very encouraging results on 23 UCI data sets, particularly for naive Bayes where the use of two validation folds yielded significant improvements on more than half of them, with only one loss.

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