Description

Data mining is often referred to by real-time users and software solutions providers as knowledge discovery in databases (KDD). Good data mining practice for business intelligence (the art of turning raw software into meaningful information) is demonstrated by the many new techniques and developments in the conversion of fresh scientific discovery into widely accessible software solutions. This book has been written as an introduction to the main issues associated with the basics of machine learning and the algorithms used in data mining.

Suitable for advanced undergraduates and their tutors at postgraduate level in a wide area of computer science and technology topics as well as researchers looking to adapt various algorithms for particular data mining tasks. A valuable addition to the libraries and bookshelves of the many companies who are using the principles of data mining (or KDD) to effectively deliver solid business and industry solutions.

Key Features

  • Provides an introduction to the main issues associated with the basics of machine learning and the algorithms used in data mining
  • A valuable addition to the libraries and bookshelves of companies using the principles of data mining (or KDD) to effectively deliver solid business and industry solutions

Readership

Advanced undergraduate students, graduate students, and tutors in a wide area of computer science and technology, as well as researchers looking to adapt various algorithms for particular data mining tasks

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Preface
    • Acknowledgements
  • Chapter 1: Introduction
    • 1.1 THE NAME OF THE GAME
    • 1.2 OVERVIEW OF MACHINE LEARNING METHODS
    • 1.3 HISTORY OF MACHINE LEARNING
    • 1.4 SOME EARLY SUCCESSES
    • 1.5 APPLICATIONS OF MACHINE LEARNING
    • 1.6 DATA MINING TOOLS AND STANDARDS
    • 1.7 SUMMARY AND FURTHER READING
  • Chapter 2: Learning and Intelligence
    • 2.1 WHAT IS LEARNING
    • 2.2 NATURAL LEARNING
    • 2.3 LEARNING, INTELLIGENCE, CONSCIOUSNESS
    • 2.4 WHY MACHINE LEARNING
    • 2.5 SUMMARY AND FURTHER READING
  • Chapter 3: Machine Learning Basics
    • 3.1 BASIC PRINCIPLES
    • 3.2 MEASURES FOR PERFORMANCE EVALUATION
    • 3.3 ESTIMATING PERFORMANCE
    • 3.4 *COMPARING PERFORMANCE OF MACHINE LEARNING ALGORITHMS
    • 3.5 COMBINING SEVERAL MACHINE LEARNING ALGORITHMS
    • 3.6 SUMMARY AND FURTHER READING
  • Chapter 4: Knowledge Representation
    • 4.1 PROPOSITIONAL CALCULUS
    • 4.2 *FIRST ORDER PREDICATE CALCULUS
    • 4.3 DISCRIMINANT AND REGRESSION FUNCTIONS
    • 4.4 PROBABILITY DISTRIBUTIONS
    • 4.5 SUMMARY AND FURTHER READING
  • Chapter 5: Learning as Search
    • 5.1 EXHAUSTIVE SEARCH
    • 5.2 BOUNDED EXHAUSTIVE SEARCH (BRANCH AND BOUND)
    • 5.3 BEST-FIRST SEARCH
    • 5.4 GREEDY SEARCH
    • 5.5 BEAM SEARCH
    • 5.6 LOCAL OPTIMIZATION
    • 5.7 GRADIENT SEARCH
    • 5.8 SIMULATED ANNEALING
    • 5.9 GENETIC ALGORITHMS
    • 5.10 SUMMARY AND FURTHER READING
  • Chapter 6: Measures for Evaluating the Quality of Attributes
    • 6.1 MEASURES FOR CLASSIFICATION AND RELATIONAL PROBLEMS
    • 6.2 MEASURES FOR REGRESSION
    • 6.3 **FORMAL DERIVATIONS AND PROOFS
    • 6.4 SUMMARY AND FURTHER READING
  • Chapter 7: Data Preproc

Details

No. of pages:
480
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2007
Published:
Imprint:
Woodhead Publishing
Electronic ISBN:
9780857099440
Print ISBN:
9781904275213

About the authors

Igor Kononenko

Igor Kononenko studied computer science at the University of Ljubliana, Slovenia, receiving his BSc in 1982, MSc in 1985 and PhD in 1990. He is now professor at the Faculty of Computer and Information Science there, teaching courses in Programming Languages, Algorithms and Data Structures; Introduction to Algorithms and Data Structures; Knowledge Engineering, Machine Learning and Knowledge Discovery in Databases. He is the head of the Laboratory for Cognitive Modelling and a member of the Artificial Intelligence Department at the same faculty. His research interests include artificial intelligence, machine learning, neural networks and cognitive modelling. He is the (co) author of 170 scientific papers in these fields and 10 textbooks. Professor Kononenko is a member of the editorial board of Applied Intelligence and Informatica journals and was also twice chair of the programme committee of the International Cognitive Conference in Ljubliana.

Matjaz Kukar

Matjaz Kukar studied computer science at the University of Ljubliana, Slovenia, receiving his BSc in 1993, MSc in 1996 and PhD in 2001. He is now the assistant professor at the Faculty of Computer and Information Science there and is also a member of the Artificial Intelligence Department at the same faculty. His research interests include knowledge discovery in databases, machine learning, artificial intelligence and statistics. Professor Kukar is the (co) author of over 50 scientific papers in these fields.

Reviews

Readers are treated to a comprehensive look at the principles. …a fine overview of machine learning methods. …Recommended., Choice Magazine