Streaming feature selection algorithms for big data: A survey

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Organizations in many domains generate a considerable amount of heterogeneous data every day. Such data can be processed to enhance these organizations’ decisions in real time. However, storing and processing large and varied datasets (known as big data) is challenging to do in real time. In machine learning, streaming feature selection has always been considered a superior technique for selecting the relevant subset features from highly dimensional data and thus reducing learning complexity. In the relevant literature, streaming feature selection refers to the features that arrive consecutively over time; despite a lack of exact figure on the number of features, numbers of instances are well-established. Many scholars in the field have proposed streaming-feature-selection algorithms in attempts to find the proper solution to this problem. This paper presents an exhaustive and methodological introduction of these techniques. This study provides a review of the traditional feature-selection algorithms and then scrutinizes the current algorithms that use streaming feature selection to determine their strengths and weaknesses. The survey also sheds light on the ongoing challenges in big-data research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-135
Number of pages23
JournalApplied Computing and Informatics
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 10 2022


  • Big data
  • Redundant features
  • Relevant features
  • Streaming feature grouping
  • Streaming feature selection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications


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