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Unless you live under a rock, you’ve seen the buzz about Data Lakes, Big Data, Data Mining, Cloudtech, and Machine Learning. I watch and read reports from two perspectives: technical and as a consultant. As a Consultant If you watch CNBC, you won’t hear discussions about ETL Incremental Load or Slowly Changing Dimensions Design Patterns. You ...

A neural network is a powerful data modeling tool that is able to capture and represent complex input/output relationships. The motivation for the development of neural network technology stemmed from the desire to develop an artificial system that could perform "intelligent" tasks similar to those performed by the human brain. Neural ...

Decision Trees is a directed technique. Your target variable is the one that holds information about a particular decision, divided into a few discrete and broad categories (yes / no; liked / partially liked / disliked, etc.). You are trying to explain this decision using other gleaned information saved in other variables (demographic data, ...

I am continuing with my data mining and machine learning algorithms series. Naive Bayes is a nice algorithm for classification and prediction.
It calculates probabilities for each possible state of the input attribute, given each state of the predictable attribute, which can later be used to predict an outcome of the predicted attribute based on ...

This is a bit different post in the series about the data mining and machine learning algorithms. This time I am honored and humbled to announce that my fourth Pluralsight course is alive. This is the Data Mining Algorithms in SSAS, Excel, and R course. besides explaining the algorithms, I also show demos in different products. This gives you even ...

Support vector machines are both, unsupervised and supervised learning models for classification and regression analysis (supervised) and for anomaly detection (unsupervised). Given a set of training examples, each marked as belonging to one of categories, an SVM training algorithm builds a model that assigns new examples into one category. An SVM ...

Principal component analysis (PCA) is a technique used to emphasize the majority of the variation and bring out strong patterns in a dataset. It is often used to make data easy to explore and visualize. It is closely connected to eigenvectors and eigenvalues.
A short definition of the algorithm: PCA uses an orthogonal transformation to convert ...

With the KMeans algorithm, each object is assigned to exactly one cluster. It is assigned to this cluster with a probability equal to 1.0. It is assigned to all other clusters with a probability equal to 0.0. This is hard clustering.
Instead of distance, you can use a probabilistic measure to determine cluster membership. For example, you can ...

Hierarchical clustering could be very useful because it is easy to see the optimal number of clusters in a dendrogram and because the dendrogram visualizes the clusters and the process of building of that clusters. However, hierarchical methods don’t scale well. Just imagine how cluttered a dendrogram would be if 10,000 cases would be shown on ...

Clustering is the process of grouping the data into classes or clusters so that objects within a cluster have high similarity in comparison to one another, but are very dissimilar to objects in other clusters. Dissimilarities are assessed based on the attribute values describing the objects.
There are a large number of clustering algorithms. The ...
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