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Data Mining @ BISS 2009


  • Acknowledgements to colleagues Vipin Kumar (University of Minnesota), Jiawei Han (Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Mirco Nanni (KDDLAB, ISTI-CNR, Pisa), Francesco Bonchi (Yahoo! Research, Barcelona)


Since databases became a mature technology and massive collection and storage of data became feasible at increasingly cheaper costs, a push emerged towards powerful methods for discovering knowledge from those data, capable of going beyond the limitations of traditional statistics, machine learning and database querying. This is why data mining emerged as an important multi-disciplinary field. Data mining is the process of automatically discovering useful information in large data repositories. Often, traditional data analysis tools and techniques cannot be used because of the volume of data, such as point-of-sale data, Web logs, earth observation data from satellites, genomic data, location data from telecom service providers. Sometimes, the non-traditional nature of the data implies that ordinary data analysis techniques are not applicable. Today, data mining is both a technology that blends data analysis methods with sophisticated algorithms for processing large data sets, and an active research field that aims at developing new data analysis methods for novel forms of data. This course is aimed at providing a succinct account of the foundations of data mining, together with an overview of the most advanced topics and application areas, as well as the current frontiers of data mining research. First part of the course (Data mining - foundations) covers: the basic concepts, the knowledge discovery process, mining various forms of data (relational, transactional, object-relational, spatiotemporal, text, multimedia, web, etc), mining various forms of knowledge (classification, clustering, and frequent patterns), evaluation of knowledge, and key applications of data mining. The second part of the course (Data mining - advanced concepts and case studies) gives an introductory account of the frontiers of data mining research: sequential data mining, mining data streams, web mining, social network analysis, graph and network mining, spatiotemporal data and mobility data mining, privacy-preserving data mining, together with presentations of real-life case studies in various domains, including retail and market analysis, fiscal fraud detection, transportation and mobility.

Reference textbooks

Pang-Ning Tan, Michael Steinbach, Vipin Kumar. Introduction to Data Mining. Pearson Addison-Wesley, 2006. (slides and chapters 4, 6 e 8 downloadable)

Fosca Giannotti and Dino Pedreschi (Eds.) Mobility, Data Mining and Privacy. Springer, 2008. (intro chapter downloadable)

Jiawei Han and Micheline Kamber. Data Mining: Concepts and Techniques, 2nd ed. Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, 2006. (slides downloadable)

Xindong Wu et al. Top 10 algorithms in data mining. Knowledge and Information Systems (2008) 14:1–37.

Lecture slides

Introduction to Data Mining

Frontiers of Data Mining research


  1. Aiello Luca Maria
  2. Barbierato Enrico
  3. Bosio Gianni
  4. Camporesi Ferdinanda
  5. Ferraioli Diodato
  6. Ferreira Rui
  7. Halder Raju
  8. Kreautsevich Leanid
  9. Leonardi Luca
  10. Lutteri Emiliano
  11. Madhavamandiram Rajan Deepak
  12. Marengo Elisa
  13. Mauro Jacopo
  14. Mencagli Gabriele
  15. Mezzetti Enrico
  16. Muratori Ludovico Antonio
  17. Nurrachmat Andi
  18. Olivieri Chiara
  19. Ottaviano Giuseppe
  20. Panisson André
  21. Panozzo Daniele
  22. Pardini Luca
  23. Peroni Silvio
  24. Petrucci Andrea
  25. Pomponiu Victor
  26. Porreca Antonio Enrico
  27. Pozzani Gabriele
  28. Puech Matthias
  29. Rama Aureliano
  30. Rodolà Emanuele
  31. Seraghiti Andrea
  32. Spanò Alvise
  33. Sugavam Swaminathan
  34. Tolomei Gabriele
  35. Triossi Andrea
  36. Turroni Francesco
  37. Vairo Claudio Francesco
  38. Valsecchi Andrea
  39. Vernero Fabiana
  40. Vezzi Francesco
  41. Visconti Alessia
  42. Vitale Fabio
  43. Zaccagnino Rocco
  44. Zanioli Matteo


The exam for this course consists of a term paper, reporting

  • a reasoned survey on a specific area of data mining research, or
  • a project consisting either in the analytical experiment over a challenging dataset, or in the development of a data mining algorithm.

The exam can be conducted in teams, and should be preferably close to the research interest of the candidate, exploiting the interdisciplinary nature of data mining and knowledge discovery.

The students willing to give the exam should send an email with subject [BISS09] to the instructor, specifying the chosen subject for the work, and the list of participants in the team. Once negotiated with the instructor, the assigned teamwork will be inserted in this wiki, were also the final report wil be published (in pdf format). The exam must be completed within 2009.

Project assignments

  1. Rocco Zaccagnino, Diodato Ferraioli (UniSA). Data Mining and Computer Music. Analisi (armonica, melodica e ritmica) di composizioni musicali, mediante l'estrazione di informazioni significative. Survey.
  2. Emanuele Rodolà, Andrea Seraghiti, Andrea Petrucci (UniVE, UniVR). Application of LOF Method for Detecting Outliers in Range Scanner Datasets. Project.
  3. Silvio Peroni (UniBO). Web page categorization via clustering. Project.
  4. Gabriele Pozzani (UniVR). Spatio-temporal data mining. Survey.
  5. Francesco Vezzi (UniUD). Data mining for bioinformatics. Survey.
  6. Raju Halder, Luca Leonardi, Andrea Triossi, Matteo Zanioli. Feature detection in real-time frame-rate applications. Project.
  7. Enrico Barbierato (UniTO). Implementazione di classificatore Naive Bayes / Bayesian Networks. Project.
  8. Andrea Valsecchi, Antonio Enrico Porreca. Anti-spam filter based on Naive Bayes classification. Project.
  9. Daniele Panozzo, Chiara Olivieri. Recent development in clustering techniques: Spectral and Kernel-Based Methods. Survey / project.
  10. Francesco Turroni, Enrico Mezzetti, Jacopo Mauro, Ludovico Antonio Muratori. Multiclass text categorization with Support Vector Machines. Project.
tdm/biss09.txt · Ultima modifica: 07/04/2009 alle 11:11 (10 anni fa) da Dino Pedreschi