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Data Mining: A prediction for performance improvement using classification

Data Mining: A prediction for performance improvement using classification

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Now-a-days the amount of data stored in educational database increasing rapidly. These databases contain hidden information for improvement of students’ performance. The performance in higher education in India is a turning point in the academics for all students. This academic performance is
influenced by many factors, therefore it is essential to develop predictive data mining model for students’ performance so as to identify the difference between high learners and slow learners student. In the present investigation, an experimental methodology was adopted to generate a database. The raw data was preprocessed in terms of filling up missing values, transforming values in one form into another and relevant attribute/ variable selection. As a result, we had 300 student records, which were used for by Byes classification prediction model construction.
Now-a-days the amount of data stored in educational database increasing rapidly. These databases contain hidden information for improvement of students’ performance. The performance in higher education in India is a turning point in the academics for all students. This academic performance is
influenced by many factors, therefore it is essential to develop predictive data mining model for students’ performance so as to identify the difference between high learners and slow learners student. In the present investigation, an experimental methodology was adopted to generate a database. The raw data was preprocessed in terms of filling up missing values, transforming values in one form into another and relevant attribute/ variable selection. As a result, we had 300 student records, which were used for by Byes classification prediction model construction.

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(IJCSIS) International Journal of Computer Science and Information Security,Vol. 9, No. 4, April 2011
Data Mining: A prediction for performanceimprovement using classification
Brijesh Kumar Bhardwaj
Research Scholar, Singhaniya University,Rajasthan, Indiawwwbkb@rediffmail.com
Saurabh Pal
Dept. of Computer Applications,VBS Purvanchal University,Jaunpur (UP) - 224001, Indiadrsaurabhpal@yahoo.co.in 
 Abstract
—Now-a-days the amount of data stored in educationaldatabase increasing rapidly. These databases contain hiddeninformation for improvement of students’ performance. Theperformance in higher education in India is a turning point in theacademics for all students. This academic performance isinfluenced by many factors, therefore it is essential to developpredictive data mining model for students’ performance so as toidentify the difference between high learners and slow learnersstudent.In the present investigation, an experimental methodology wasadopted to generate a database. The raw data was preprocessedin terms of filling up missing values, transforming values in oneform into another and relevant attribute/ variable selection. As aresult, we had 300 student records, which were used for by Byesclassification prediction model construction.Keywords- Data Mining, Educational Data Mining, PredictiveModel, Classification.
I.
 
I
NTRODUCTION
 The ability to predict a student’s performance is veryimportant in educational environments. Students’ academicperformance is based upon diverse factors like personal, social,psychological and other environmental variables. A verypromising tool to attain this objective is the use of DataMining. Data mining techniques are used to operate on largeamount of data to discover hidden patterns and relationshipshelpful in decision making.In fact, one of the most useful data mining techniques in e-learning is classification. Classification is a predictive datamining technique, makes prediction about values of data usingknown results found from different data [1]. Predictive modelshave the specific aim of allowing us to predict the unknownvalues of variables of interest given known values of othervariables. Predictive modeling can be thought of as learning amapping from an input set of vector measurements to a scalaroutput [4]. Classification maps data into predefined groups of classes. It is often referred to as supervised learning becausethe classes are determined before examining the data.Prediction models that include all personal, social,psychological and other environmental variables arenecessitated for the effective prediction of the performance of the students. The prediction of student performance with highaccuracy is beneficial for identify the students with lowacademic achievements initially. It is required that theidentified students can be assisted more by the teacher so thattheir performance is improved in future.In this connection, the objectives of the presentinvestigation were framed so as to assist the low academicachievers in higher education and they are:(a) Generation of a data source of predictive variables,(b) Identification of different factors, which effects a student’slearning behavior and performance during academic career(c) Construction of a prediction model using classification datamining techniques on the basis of identified predictivevariables and(d) Validation of the developed model for higher educationstudents studying in Indian Universities or Institutions.II.
 
BACKGROUND
 
AND
 
RELATED
 
WORKData Mining can be used in educational field to enhanceour understanding of learning process to focus on identifying,extracting and evaluating variables related to the learningprocess of students as described by Alaa el-Halees [2]. Miningin educational environment is called Educational Data Mining.Han and Kamber [6] describes data mining software thatallow the users to analyze data from different dimensions,categorize it and summarize the relationships which areidentified during the mining process.Pandey and Pal [10] conducted study on the studentperformance based by selecting 600 students from differentcolleges of Dr. R. M. L. Awadh University, Faizabad, India. Bymeans of Bayes Classification on category, language andbackground qualification, it was found that whether new comerstudents will performer or not.Hijazi and Naqvi [7] conducted as study on the studentperformance by selecting a sample of 300 students (225 males,75 females) from a group of colleges affiliated to Punjabuniversity of Pakistan. The hypothesis that was stated as"Student's attitude towards attendance in class, hours spent instudy on daily basis after college, students' family income,
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students' mother's age and mother's education are significantlyrelated with student performance" was framed. By means of simple linear regression analysis, it was found that the factorslike mother’s education and student’s family income werehighly correlated with the student academic performance.Khan [8] conducted a performance study on 400 studentscomprising 200 boys and 200 girls selected from the seniorsecondary school of Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh,India with a main objective to establish the prognostic value of different measures of cognition, personality and demographicvariables for success at higher secondary level in sciencestream. The selection was based on cluster sampling techniquein which the entire population of interest was divided intogroups, or clusters, and a random sample of these clusters wasselected for further analyses. It was found that girls with highsocio-economic status had relatively higher academicachievement in science stream and boys with low socio-economic status had relatively higher academic achievement ingeneral.Galit [5] gave a case study that use students data to analyzetheir learning behavior to predict the results and to warnstudents at risk before their final exams.Al-Radaideh, et al [1] applied a decision tree model topredict the final grade of students who studied the C++ coursein Yarmouk University, Jordan in the year 2005. Threedifferent classification methods namely ID3, C4.5, and theNaïveBayes were used. The outcome of their results indicatedthat Decision Tree model had better prediction than othermodels.Pandey and Pal [11] conducted study on the studentperformance based by selecting 60 students from a degreecollege of Dr. R. M. L. Awadh University, Faizabad, India. Bymeans of association rule they find the interestingness of student in opting class teaching language.Bray [2], in his study on private tutoring and itsimplications, observed that the percentage of students receivingprivate tutoring in India was relatively higher than in Malaysia,Singapore, Japan, China and Sri Lanka. It was also observedthat there was an enhancement of academic performance withthe intensity of private tutoring and this variation of intensity of private tutoring depends on the collective factor namely socio-economic conditions.III.
 
D
ATA MINING
P
ROCESS
 In this study, data gathered from different degree collegesand institutions affiliated with Dr. R. M. L. Awadh University,Faizabad, India. These data are analyzed using classificationmethod to predict the student’s performance. In order to applythis technique following steps are performed in sequence:
 A.
 
 Data Preparations
The data set used in this study was obtained from differentcolleges on the sampling method of computer Applicationsdepartment of course BCA (Bachelor of ComputerApplications) of session 2009-10. Initially size of the data is300. In this step data stored in different tables was joined in asingle table after joining process errors were removed.
 B.
 
 Data selection and transformation
In this step only those fields were selected which wererequired for data mining. A few derived variables wereselected. While some of the information for the variables wasextracted from the database. All the predictor and responsevariables which were derived from the database are given inTable 1 for reference.Table 1: Student Related VariablesVariable Description Possible ValuesSex Students Sex {Male, Female}Cat Students category {General, OBC, SC, ST}Med Medium of Teaching {Hindi, English, Mix}SFH Students food habit {veg , non-veg}SOH Students other habit{drinking, smoking, both,not-applicable}LLoc Living Location{Village, Town, Tahseel,District}HosStudent live in hostelor not{Yes, No}FSize student’s family size{1, 2, 3, >3}FStat Students family status {Joint, Individual}FAInFamily annual incomestatus{BPL, poor, medium,high}GSSStudents grade inSenior Secondaryeducation{O – 90% -100%,A – 80% - 89%,B – 70% - 79%,C – 60% - 69%,D – 50% - 59%,E – 40% - 49%,F - < 40%}TColl Students College Type{Female,Co-education}FQual Fathers qualification{no-education,elementary,secondary,graduate,post-graduate,doctorate,not-applicable}MQual Mother’s Qualification {no-education,
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elementary,secondary,graduate,post-graduate,doctorate,not-applicable}FOcc Father’s Occupation{Service, retired,not-applicable}MOcc Mother’s Occupation{House-wife,Service, retired,not-applicable}GObtGrade obtained inBCA{First > 60%Second >45 & <60%Third >36 & <45%Fail < 36%}The domain values for some of the variables were definedfor the present investigation as follows:
 
Cat –
From ancient time Indians are divided in manycategories. These factors play a direct and indirect role inthe daily lives including the education of young people.Admission process in India also includes differentpercentage of seats reserved for different categories. Interms of social status, the Indian population is groupedinto four categories: General, Other Backward Class(OBC), Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes(ST). Possible values are
General, OBC, SC and ST 
.
 
Med –
This paper study covers only the degree collegesand institutions of Uttar Pradesh state of India. Here,medium of instructions are
 Hindi
or
 English
or
 Mix
 (Both Hindi and English).
 
SOH –
In modern society bad habits are increasing fastamong college students. Here students other habitinclude
 Drinking, Smoking, Both
or
 Not-applicable
.
 
 
FSize-
. According to population statistics of India, theaverage number of children in a family is 3.1. Therefore,the maximum family size is fixed as 10 and possiblerange of values is from
one
to
ten
.
 
GSS -
Students grade in Senior Secondary education.Students who are in state board appear for five subjectseach carry 100 marks. Grade are assigned to all studentsusing following mapping
O – 90% to 100%, A – 80% -89%, B – 70% - 79%, C – 60% - 69%, D – 50% - 59%, E  – 40% - 49%,
and
F - < 40%
}.
 
GObt -
Marks/Grade obtained in BCA course and it isdeclared as response variable. It is also split into five classvalues: First
 – >60% , Second – >45% and <60%, Third  – >36% and < 45%, Fail < 40%
.
C.
 
Implementation of Mining Model
 Various algorithms and techniques like Classification,Clustering, Regression, Artificial Intelligence, NeuralNetworks, Association Rules, Decision Trees, GeneticAlgorithm, Nearest Neighbor method etc., are used forknowledge discovery from databases.Classification is one of the most frequently studiedproblems by data mining and machine learning (ML)researchers. It consists of predicting the value of a (categorical)attribute (the class) based on the values of other attributes (thepredicting attributes). There are different classificationmethods. In the present study we use the BayesianClassification algorithm.Bayes classification has been proposed that is based onBayes rule of conditional probability. Bayes rule is a techniqueto estimate the likelihood of a property given the set of data asevidence or input Bayes rule or Bayes theorem is-
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hPh xPh xP hPh xP  xhP
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+=
 The approach is called “naïve” because it assumes theindependence between the various attribute values. NaïveBayes classification can be viewed as both a descriptive and apredictive type of algorithm. The probabilities are descriptiveand are then used to predict the class membership for a targettuple. The naïve Bayes approach has several advantages: it iseasy to use; unlike other classification approaches only onescan of the training data is required; easily handle mining valueby simply omitting that probability [11]. An advantage of thenaive Bayes classifier is that it requires a small amount of training data to estimate the parameters (means and variancesof the variables) necessary for classification. Becauseindependent variables are assumed, only the variances of thevariables for each class need to be determined and not theentire covariance matrix. In spite of their naive design andapparently over-simplified assumptions, naive Bayes classifiershave worked quite well in many complex real-world situations.For the present study, we selected five degree collegesrunning BCA course affiliated with Dr. R. M. L. AwadhUniversity, Faizabad, UP, India. Out of five degree collegestwo was an urban-based, unaided and co-educational school,the other one was a rural-based, aided and female college andthe other two was rural-based, aided and co-education college.A total of 300 (226 males, 74 females) students of BCA coursefrom these five colleges who appeared in 2010 examinationwere the samples for our study. All the information related tostudent’s demographic, academic and socio-economicvariables was obtained from the 300 students directly throughquestionnaire and University database. The mark obtained of 
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