Reduction of computation time in Big Data analysis by GUHA method

Case Study Team


Id Name Institution (type*) Contact e-mail Related WG Role in the team
1  Esko Turunen  Tampere University of Technology, Fi (A)  WG3


2  Ari Visa  Tampere University of Technology, Fi (A)  WG1 Vice-Coordinator

Team members

Id Name Institution (type*) Contact e-mail Related WG
1  CorinneMartine Ancourt,  MINES ParisTech – ARMINES, FR (A)  WG4
2  Christoph Kessler  Linkoping University, SE (A)  WG2
3  Peter Kilpatrick  Queen’s University Belfast University Road, UK (A),  WG2
4 Timo Hämäläinen Tampere University of Technology, Fi (A)
5 Milan Simunek Prague University of Economics, Fi (A)


*A-academia, I-industry

Addressed Problem

The GUHA method is a descriptive method to data mine large data matrices. A computer
implementation LISpMiner, developed and maintained at the University of Economics in Prague, can
handle matrices of typically tens of thousands of columns and tens of thousands of rows, whose cells
can contain all kinds of symbols. GUHA is a particular logic based data mining method. Thus, if a user is
able to ask relevant question related to the data, then the question can be written in a symbolic way by
GUHA language, and LISpMiner will find all answers, that are supported by the data, i.e. are TRUE. In
practice, LISpMiner goes trough several constancy tables, usually even millions, and outputs the true
So far, so good. However, as the data matrix size grows, problems arise as computation time by
LISpMiner increases. This raises the question of how to reduce the computation time.

Existing Solution(-s) (Models, Tools)

Until now, the problem has been partially solved by two means.

Firstly, since GUHA has a firm logic foundations, and there are plenty of possible statements (whose truth value should be tested), which are logically dependent, we can omit those statements that are true by pure logic reasons (e.g. if A implies B is true, then also A implies B or C is true, so there is no need to test the last statement). Such matters are taking into consideration all the time when the software LISpMiner has been and is written.

Another solution was a grid system invented at TUT some years ago. Since computation can be done in parallel computing, the LISpMiner software was recoded such that more than 400 desktop computers were connected to the network called Techila at TUT. This reduced the LISpMiner calculation times by as much as to 1% of the original. The solution is universal. i.e. also implementable in other environments, and done among others at Prague university of Economics. However, even the Techila solution is not always enough.

Proposed Solution(-s) (Models, Tools)

During the spring and summer 2018, we consulted Professor Timo Hämäläinen, a software specialist at TUT, and it turned out that there are tools for automated acceleration of computing. However, they require at least a partial opening of the LISpMiner  software code, which at the time being is not possible.

Practical Scenarios (-s)

While we have solved the problem, at least in principle, the project is currently frozen (mainly due to lack of suitable staff) . We believe that we can end the project positively within a year.

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