Topological Feature Selection
Proceedings of 2nd Annual Workshop on Topology, Algebra, and Geometry in Machine Learning (TAG-ML), PMLR 221:534-556, 2023.
In this paper, we introduce a novel unsupervised, graph-based filter feature selection technique which exploits the power of topologically constrained network representations. We model dependency structures among features using a family of chordal graphs (i.e. the Triangulated Maximally Filtered Graph), and we maximise the likelihood of features’ relevance by studying their relative position inside the network. Such an approach presents three aspects that are particularly satisfactory compared to its alternatives: (i) it is highly tunable and easily adaptable to the nature of input data; (ii) it is fully explainable, maintaining, at the same time, a remarkable level of simplicity; (iii) it is computationally cheap. We test our algorithm on $16$ benchmark datasets from different application domains showing that it outperforms or matches the current state-of-the-art under heterogeneous evaluation conditions.