Improving the performance of an associative classifier in the context of class-imbalanced classification

Carlos Alberto Rolón-González, Rodrigo Castañón-Méndez, Antonio Alarcón-Paredes, Itzamá López-Yáñez, Cornelio Yáñez-Márquez

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Class imbalance remains an open problem in pattern recognition, machine learning, and related fields. Many of the state-of-the-art classification algorithms tend to classify all unbalanced dataset patterns by assigning them to a majority class, thus failing to correctly classify a minority class. Associative memories are models used for pattern recall; however, they can also be employed for pattern classification. In this paper, a novel method for improving the classification performance of a hybrid associative classifier with translation (better known by its acronym in Spanish, CHAT) is presented. The extreme center points (ECP) method modifies the CHAT algorithm by exploring alternative vectors in a hyperspace for translating the training data, which is an inherent step of the original algorithm. We demonstrate the importance of our proposal by applying it to imbalanced datasets and comparing the performance to well-known classifiers by means of the balanced accuracy. The proposed method not only enhances the performance of the original CHAT algorithm, but it also outperforms state-of-the-art classifiers in four of the twelve analyzed datasets, making it a suitable algorithm for classification in imbalanced class scenarios.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1095
JournalElectronics (Switzerland)
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1 May 2021


  • Associative memories
  • Class-imbalanced datasets
  • Lernmatrix
  • Linear associator
  • Pattern classifier


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