Imbalanced classification is a well-known challenge faced by many real-world applications. This issue occurs when the distribution of the target variable is skewed, leading to a prediction bias toward the majority class. With the arrival of the Big Data era, there is a pressing need for efficient solutions to solve this problem. In this work, we present a novel resampling method called SMOTENN that combines intelligent undersampling and oversampling using a MapReduce framework. Both procedures are performed on the same pass over the data, conferring efficiency to the technique. The SMOTENN method is complemented with an efficient implementation of the neighborhoods related to the minority samples. Our experimental results show the virtues of this approach, outperforming alternative resampling techniques for small- and medium-sized datasets while achieving positive results on large datasets with reduced running times.
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- Big data
- Imbalanced classification
- Intelligent undersampling