Category Archives: Data Mining and Predictive Analytics

Using the Time Series Algorithm for Shocking Results

The title of this blog is a play on words in a facetious way. Although there is significant value in the SSAS Time Series data mining algorithm, I do consider it the weakest of the bunch and don’t often achieve … Continue reading

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Undermined Predictive Analytics

Predictive Analytics is a combination of common sense and statistical prowess. At this time, most of the common sense is with humans and most of the statistical prowess is with machines. As technologies such as self-service data mining applications and … Continue reading

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Cluster to Find the Relevant Categorizations

Clustering entities in a project’s data mining domain is another of the more exploratory exercises I do for predictive analytics engagements. By “clustering”, I mean running the entities such as customers, products, or locations through the Cluster algorithm (at least … Continue reading

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Why Does a Lt. General Outrank a Major General?

Bear with me, this has to do with implementing Predictive Analytics within a Performance Management framework 🙂 A Lieutenant General has 3 stars whereas a Major General has only 2 stars. However a Major outranks a Lieutenant. The reason for this … Continue reading

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Explore Data with the Association Data Mining Algorithm

When starting on a Predictive Analytics engagement, a data mining modeler may need help getting pointed in the right direction: “Here, find me something good.” This may be the case even after countless hours of interviewing subject matter experts and DBAs1. This … Continue reading

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Reverse Engineering Second-Nature Decisions

I finally made some headway on the write-up of a predictive analytics demo/experiment I conducted around March 2009, titled Reverse Engineering Second-Nature Decisions. The experiment is an attempt to ressurect QuestDec, a part of the software I wrote during my dot-bomb … Continue reading

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Predictive Analytics is “Science for the Masses”

My favorite columnist, Rich Karlgaard, wrote a blog a couple of weeks ago titled, The Trillion Dollar IQ Business. It proposes that an industry around "intelligence-enhancing" products ("intelligence" in terms of human IQ) will be a huge industry and that … Continue reading

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