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## An incremental algorithm to construct a lattice of set intersections

An incremental algorithm to construct a lattice from a collection of sets is derived, refined, analyzed, and related to a similar previously published algorithm for constructing concept lattices. The lattice constructed by the algorithm is the one obtained by closing the collection of sets with respect to set intersection. The analysis explains the empirical efficiency of the related concept lattice construction algorithm that had been observed in previous studies. The derivation highlights the effectiveness of a correctness-byconstruction approach to algorithm development.

This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Formal Concept Analysis, ICFCA 2012, held in Leuven, Belgium in May 2012. The 20 revised full papers presented together with 6 invited talks were carefully reviewed and selected from 68 submissions. The topics covered in this volume range from recent advances in machine learning and data mining; mining terrorist networks and revealing criminals; concept-based process mining; to scalability issues in FCA and rough sets.

This book constitutes the second part of the refereed proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Formal Concept Analysis, ICFCA 2012, held in Leuven, Belgium in May 2012. The topics covered in this volume range from recent advances in machine learning and data mining; mining terrorist networks and revealing criminals; concept-based process mining; to scalability issues in FCA and rough sets.

This proceedings publication is a compilation of selected contributions from the “Third International Conference on the Dynamics of Information Systems” which took place at the University of Florida, Gainesville, February 16–18, 2011. The purpose of this conference was to bring together scientists and engineers from industry, government, and academia in order to exchange new discoveries and results in a broad range of topics relevant to the theory and practice of dynamics of information systems. Dynamics of Information Systems: Mathematical Foundation presents state-of-the art research and is intended for graduate students and researchers interested in some of the most recent discoveries in information theory and dynamical systems. Scientists in other disciplines may also benefit from the applications of new developments to their own area of study.

In this paper, we generalize the classical duplication of intervals in lattices. Namely, we deal with partial duplication instead of complete convex subsets. We characterize these subsets that guarantee the result to remain a lattice.

We propose a new algorithm for consensus clustering, FCA-Consensus, based on Formal Concept Analysis. As the input, the algorithm takes T partitions of a certain set of objects obtained by k-means algorithm after T runs from different initialisations. The resulting consensus partition is extracted from an antichain of the concept lattice built on a formal context objects×classes, where the classes are the set of all cluster labels from each initial k-means partition. We compare the results of the proposed algorithm in terms of ARI measure with the state-of-the-art algorithms on synthetic datasets. Under certain conditions, the best ARI values are demonstrated by FCA-Consensus.

The paper is the preface to the special issue of the Fundamenta Informaticae journal on concept lattices and their applications. It is focused on recent developments in Formal Concept Analysis (FCA), as well as on applications in closely related areas such as data mining, information retrieval, knowledge management, data and knowledge engineering, and lattice theory.

Being an unsupervised machine learning and data mining technique, biclustering and its multimodal extensions are becoming popular tools for analysing object-attribute data in different domains. Apart from conventional clustering techniques, biclustering is searching for homogeneous groups of objects while keeping their common description, e.g., in binary setting, their shared attributes. In bioinformatics, biclustering is used to find genes, which are active in a subset of situations, thus being candidates for biomarkers. However, the authors of those biclustering techniques that are popular in gene expression analysis, may overlook the existing methods. For instance, BiMax algorithm is aimed at finding biclusters, which are well-known for decades as formal concepts. Moreover, even if bioinformatics classify the biclustering methods according to reasonable domain-driven criteria, their classification taxonomies may be different from survey to survey and not full as well. So, in this paper we propose to use concept lattices as a tool for taxonomy building (in the biclustering domain) and attribute exploration as means for cross-domain taxonomy completion.

Errors in implicative theories coming from binary data are studied. First, two classes of errors that may affect implicative theories are singled out. Two approaches for finding errors of these classes are proposed, both of them based on methods of Formal Concept Analysis. The first approach uses the cardinality minimal (canonical or Duquenne–Guigues) implication base. The construction of such a base is computationally intractable. Using an alternative approach one checks possible errors on the fly in polynomial time via computing closures of subsets of attributes. Both approaches are interactive, based on questions about the validity of certain implications. Results of computer experiments are presented and discussed.

Let k be a field of characteristic zero, let G be a connected reductive algebraic group over k and let g be its Lie algebra. Let k(G), respectively, k(g), be the field of k- rational functions on G, respectively, g. The conjugation action of G on itself induces the adjoint action of G on g. We investigate the question whether or not the field extensions k(G)/k(G)^G and k(g)/k(g)^G are purely transcendental. We show that the answer is the same for k(G)/k(G)^G and k(g)/k(g)^G, and reduce the problem to the case where G is simple. For simple groups we show that the answer is positive if G is split of type A_n or C_n, and negative for groups of other types, except possibly G_2. A key ingredient in the proof of the negative result is a recent formula for the unramified Brauer group of a homogeneous space with connected stabilizers. As a byproduct of our investigation we give an affirmative answer to a question of Grothendieck about the existence of a rational section of the categorical quotient morphism for the conjugating action of G on itself.

Let G be a connected semisimple algebraic group over an algebraically closed field k. In 1965 Steinberg proved that if G is simply connected, then in G there exists a closed irreducible cross-section of the set of closures of regular conjugacy classes. We prove that in arbitrary G such a cross-section exists if and only if the universal covering isogeny Ĝ → G is bijective; this answers Grothendieck's question cited in the epigraph. In particular, for char k = 0, the converse to Steinberg's theorem holds. The existence of a cross-section in G implies, at least for char k = 0, that the algebra k[G]G of class functions on G is generated by rk G elements. We describe, for arbitrary G, a minimal generating set of k[G]G and that of the representation ring of G and answer two Grothendieck's questions on constructing generating sets of k[G]G. We prove the existence of a rational (i.e., local) section of the quotient morphism for arbitrary G and the existence of a rational cross-section in G (for char k = 0, this has been proved earlier); this answers the other question cited in the epigraph. We also prove that the existence of a rational section is equivalent to the existence of a rational W-equivariant map T- - - >G/T where T is a maximal torus of G and W the Weyl group.