A framework to evaluate and compare decision-mining techniques

Jouck, T., de Leoni, M., & Depaire, B. (2019). A framework to evaluate and compare decision-mining techniques. In F. Daniel, Q. Z. Sheng, & H. Motahari (Eds.), Business Process Management Workshops – BPM 2018 International Workshops, Revised Papers (pp. 482-493). (Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing; Vol. 342). Cham: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-11641-5_38


During the last decade several decision mining techniques have been developed to discover the decision perspective of a process from an event log. The increasing number of decision mining techniques raises the importance of evaluating the quality of the discovered decision models and/or decision logic. Currently, the evaluations are limited because of the small amount of available event logs with decision information. To alleviate this limitation, this paper introduces the ‘DataExtend’ technique that allows evaluating and comparing decision-mining techniques with each other, using a sufficient number of event logs and process models to generate evaluation results that are statistically significant. This paper also reports on an initial evaluation using ‘DataExtend’ that involves two techniques to discover decisions, whose results illustrate that the approach can serve the purpose.

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