Data Mining: A Tutorial-Based Primer, Second Edition provides a comprehensive introduction to data mining with a focus on model building and testing, as well as on interpreting and validating results. The text guides students to understand how data mining can be employed to solve real problems and recognize whether a data mining solution is a feasible alternative for a specific problem. Fundamental data mining strategies, techniques, and evaluation methods are presented and implemented with the help of two well-known software tools.
Several new topics have been added to the second edition including an introduction to Big Data and data analytics, ROC curves, Pareto lift charts, methods for handling large-sized, streaming and imbalanced data, support vector machines, and extended coverage of textual data mining. The second edition contains tutorials for attribute selection, dealing with imbalanced data, outlier analysis, time series analysis, mining textual data, and more.
The text provides in-depth coverage of RapidMiner Studio and Weka’s Explorer interface. Both software tools are used for stepping students through the tutorials depicting the knowledge discovery process. This allows the reader maximum flexibility for their hands-on data mining experience.
Table of Contents
Data Mining: A First View. Data Mining: A Closer Look. Basic Data Mining Techniques. Weka – A Tool for Knowledge Discovery.
Pre Processing & Visualization Techniques. Knowledge Discovery in Databases. Formal Evaluation Techniques. The Data
Warehouse. Neural Networks. Building Neural Networks with BpKNet. Statistical Methods. Specialized Techniques. A Case Study
in Knowledge Discovery. Rule-Based Systems. Managing Uncertainty in Rule-Based Systems. Intelligent Agents
Richard J. Roiger is a professor emeritus at Minnesota State University, Mankato where he taught and performed research in the Computer & Information Science Department for 27 years. Dr. Roiger’s Ph.D. degree is in Computer & Information Sciences from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Roiger continues to serve as a part-time faculty member teaching courses in data mining, artificial intelligence and research methods. Richard enjoys interacting with his grandchildren, traveling, writing and pursuing his musical talents.
"Dr. Roiger does an excellent job of describing in step by step detail formulae involved in various data mining algorithms, along with illustrations. In addition, his tutorials in Weka software provide excellent grounding for students in comprehending the underpinnings of Machine Learning as applied to Data Mining. The inclusion of RapidMiner software tutorials and examples in the book is also a definite plus since it is one of the most popular Data Mining software platforms in use today."
--Robert Hughes, Golden Gate University, San Francisco, CA, USA