Unsupervised event abstraction using pattern abstraction and local process models

F. Mannhardt, N. Tax

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Process mining analyzes business processes based on events stored in event logs. However, some recorded events may correspond to activities on a very low level of abstraction. When events are recorded on a too low level of abstraction, process discovery methods tend to generate overgeneralizing process models. Grouping low-level events to higher level activities, i.e., event abstraction, can be used to discover better process models. Existing event abstraction methods are mainly based on common sub-sequences and clustering techniques. In this paper, we propose to first discover local process models and, then, use those models to lift the event log to a higher level of abstraction. Our conjecture is that process models discovered on the obtained high-level event log return process models of higher quality: their fitness and precision scores are more balanced. We show this with preliminary results on several real-life event logs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRADAR+EMISA 2017, June 12-13, 2017, Essen, Germany
Place of Publications.l.
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventRADAR + EMISA 2017 - Essen, Germany
Duration: 12 Jun 201713 Jun 2017

Publication series

NameCEUR Workshop Proceedings
ISSN (Print)1613-0073


ConferenceRADAR + EMISA 2017


  • Event abstraction
  • Process discovery
  • Unsupervised learning


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