NCPD KE

Dataminig Constituency

Technology now allows us to capture and store vast quantities of data. Finding
patterns, trends, and anomalies in these datasets, and summarizing them
with simple quantitative models, is one of the grand challenges of the infor-
mation age—turning data into information and turning information into
knowledge.
There has been stunning progress in data mining and machine learning. The
synthesis of statistics, machine learning, information theory, and computing has
created a solid science, with a firm mathematical base, and with very powerful
tools. Witten and Frank present much of this progress in this book and in the
companion implementation of the key algorithms. As such, this is a milestone
in the synthesis of data mining, data analysis, information theory, and machine
learning. If you have not been following this field for the last decade, this is a
great way to catch up on this exciting progress. If you have, then Witten and
Frank’s presentation and the companion open-source workbench, called Weka,
will be a useful addition to your toolkit.
They present the basic theory of automatically extracting models from data,
and then validating those models. The book does an excellent job of explaining
the various models (decision trees, association rules, linear models, clustering,
Bayes nets, neural nets) and how to apply them in practice. With this basis, they
then walk through the steps and pitfalls of various approaches. They describe
how to safely scrub datasets, how to build models, and how to evaluate a model’s
predictive quality. Most of the book is tutorial, but Part II broadly describes how
commercial systems work and gives a tour of the publicly available data mining
workbench that the authors provide through a website. This Weka workbench
has a graphical user interface that leads you through data mining tasks and has
excellent data visualization tools that help understand the models. It is a great
companion to the text and a useful and popular tool in its own right.