Susceptibility Ranking of Electrical Feeders: A Case Study

Gross, Philip; Salleb-Aouissi, Ansaf; Dutta, Haimonti; Boulanger, Albert; Gross, Philip N.; Salleb-Aouissi, Ansaf; Dutta, Haimonti; Boulanger, Albert G.

Ranking problems arise in a wide range of real world applications where an ordering on a set of examples is preferred to a classification model. These applications include collaborative filtering, information retrieval and ranking components of a system by susceptibility to failure. In this paper, we present an ongoing project to rank the feeder cables of a major metropolitan area's electrical grid according to their susceptibility to outages. We describe our framework and the application of machine learning ranking methods, using scores from Support Vector Machines (SVM), RankBoost and Martingale Boosting. Finally, we present our experimental results and the lessons learned from this challenging real-world application.


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Center for Computational Learning Systems
Center for Computational Learning Systems, Columbia University
CCLS Technical Report, CCLS-08-04
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November 12, 2010