Simply Salford Blog

Data Mining 101: A Beginners' Boot Camp

Posted by Heather Hinman on Tue, Jan 28, 2014 @ 04:12 AM

Let's get right to it! You're a beginner, and you want to know what is needed to start data mining and become an experienced data scientist overnight. We get it - this is the world we live in - quick and dirty. So here we go, take notes!

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Topics: TreeNet, CART, data mining, predictive model, beginner, Data Prep

How To Build Your First Predictive Model in SPM [slideshare]

Posted by Heather Hinman on Thu, Dec 19, 2013 @ 05:34 AM

Using a new data mining tools can be like learning a new language. We get it. Why spend your time learning how to use the SPM software suite? Well, I'm glad you asked!

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Topics: video, SPM, partition, predictive modeling, beginner, Data Prep

Confessions of a Data Scientist

Posted by Heather Hinman on Fri, Jul 26, 2013 @ 10:19 AM

All data scientists have their inner monologue of quirky comments and frustrating dilemmas. Sometimes, these comments  have the opportunity to be spoken out loud -- usually in the context of some informal meeting around the coffee pot, or in an under-the-breath mumble during a pacing rant of frustration. I have even witnessed the punching of a balloon and the kicking of a bean-bag chair (accompanied with some inaudible comments) over a data mining challenge that was driving the person bonkers.

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Topics: big data, Data Prep, missing values, data analysis

How Much Time Needs to be Spent Preparing Data for Analysis?

Posted by Dan Steinberg on Wed, Jun 19, 2013 @ 04:40 AM

When beginning a data analysis project, analysts often discover that the data as presented or made available is not ready for analysis. The reasons for this lack of readiness could be many, including:

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Topics: TreeNet, stochastic gradient boosting, KDDCup, Data Prep