A survey of itemset mining

Itemset mining is an important subfield of data mining, which consists of discovering interesting and useful patterns in transaction databases. The traditional task of frequent itemset mining is to discover groups of items (itemsets) that appear frequently together in transactions made by customers. Although itemset mining was designed for market basket analysis, it can be viewed more generally as the task of discovering groups of attribute values frequently cooccurring in databases. Because of its numerous applications in domains such as bioinformatics, text mining, product recommendation, e-learning, and web click stream analysis, itemset mining has become a popular research area. This study provides an up-to-date survey that can serve both as an introduction and as a guide to recent advances and opportunities in the field. The problem of frequent itemset mining and its applications are described. Moreover, main approaches and strategies to solve itemset mining problems are presented, as well as their characteristics are provided. Limitations of traditional frequent itemset mining approaches are also highlighted, and extensions of the task of itemset mining are presented such as high-utility itemset mining, rare itemset mining, fuzzy itemset mining, and uncertain itemset mining. This study also discusses research opportunities and the relationship to other popular pattern mining problems, such as sequential pattern mining, episode mining, subgraph mining, and association rule mining. Main open-source libraries of itemset mining implementations are also briefly presented.

The Value of Exploratory Data Analysis

From the outside, data science is often thought to consist wholly of advanced statistical and machine learning techniques. However, there is another key component to any data science endeavor that is often undervalued or forgotten: exploratory data analysis (EDA). At a high level, EDA is the practice of using visual and quantitative methods to understand and summarize a dataset without making any assumptions about its contents. It is a crucial step to take before diving into machine learning or statistical modeling because it provides the context needed to develop an appropriate model for the problem at hand and to correctly interpret its results.

Logistic regressions (in R)

Logistic regressions are a great tool for predicting outcomes that are categorical. They use a transformation function based on probability to perform a linear regression. This makes them easy to interpret and implement in other systems. Logistic regressions can be used to perform a classification for things like determining whether someone needs to go for a biopsy. They can also be used for a more nuanced view by using the probabilities of an outcome for thinks like prioritising interventions based on likelihood to default on a loan.

SQL Server 2017 to add Python support

One of the major announcements from yesterday’s Data Amp event was that SQL Server 2017 will add Python as a supported language. Just as with the continued R support, SQL Server 2017 will allow you to process data in the database using any Python function or package without needing to export the data from the database, and use SQL Server itself as an operationalization platform for production applications using Python code. In addition, the high-performance and distributed statistical and machine learning functions from the RevoScaleR and MicrosoftML packages in Microsoft R will be available as Python functions for use within SQL Server.

User Defined Functions in R Exercises (Part 1)

In the Exercises we will discuss User Defined Function in R

Bland-Altman Plot for Age Comparisons?

Last week I posted about a modified age bias plot. In this post I began looking more deeply at an alternative plot called the Bland-Altman plot. Below, I describe this plot, demonstrate how to construct it in R, give a mild critique of its use for compare fish age estimates, and develop an alternative that is mean to correct what I see as some of the shortcomings of using the Bland-Altman plot for comparing age estimates. This is large a “thinking out loud” exercise so I am open to any suggestions that you may have.