Citation Swingler K (2011) The Perils of Ignoring Data Suitability: The Suitability of Data Used to Train Neural Networks Deserves More Attention. In: NCTA 2011 - International Conference on Neural Computation Theory and Application. International Conference on Neural Computation Theory and Application, Paris, France, 24.10.2011-26.10.2011. SciTePress Digital Library. http://www.ncta.ijcci.org/Abstracts/2011/NCTA_2011_Abstracts.htm
Abstract The quality and quantity (we call it suitability from now on) of data that are used for a machine learning
task are as important as the capability of the machine learning algorithm itself. Yet these two aspects of
machine learning are not given equal weight by the data mining, machine learning and neural computing
communities. Data suitability is largely ignored compared to the effort expended on learning algorithm
development. This position paper argues that some of the new algorithms and many of the tweaks to
existing algorithms would be unnecessary if the data going into them were properly pre-processed, and calls for a shift in effort towards data suitability assessment and correction.
Keywords Data Preparation; Machine Learning; Data Mining; Data Quality and Quantity; Electronic data processing Data preparation; Computer input-output equipment