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/*
 *    AttributeTransformer.java
 *    Copyright (C) 2000 Mark Hall
 *
 */

package weka.attributeSelection;

import java.io.*;
import weka.core.*;

/** 
 * Abstract attribute transformer. Transforms the dataset.
 *
 * @author Mark Hall (mhall@cs.waikato.ac.nz)
 * @version $Revision: 1.5 $
 */
public interface AttributeTransformer {
    // ===============
    // Public methods.
    // ===============

  /**
   * Returns just the header for the transformed data (ie. an empty
   * set of instances. This is so that AttributeSelection can
   * determine the structure of the transformed data without actually
   * having to get all the transformed data through getTransformedData().
   * @return the header of the transformed data.
   * @exception Exception if the header of the transformed data can't
   * be determined.
   */
  public abstract Instances transformedHeader() throws Exception;

  /**
   * Returns the transformed data
   * @return A set of instances representing the transformed data
   * @exception Exception if the attribute could not be evaluated
   */
  public abstract Instances transformedData() throws Exception;

  /**
   * Transforms an instance in the format of the original data to the
   * transformed space
   * @return a transformed instance
   * @exception Exception if the instance could not be transformed
   */
  public abstract Instance convertInstance(Instance instance) throws Exception;
}