Data Mining II

Building on the Data Mining fundamentals course, this course deepens the theory and practice of advanced data mining topics, such as:

  • Data Preprocessing
  • Regression and Forecasting
  • Dimensionality Reduction
  • Anomaly Detection
  • Time Series Analysis
  • Parameter Tuning
  • Ensemble Methods
  • Deep Learning

The course consists of a lecture together with accompanying practical exercises as well as student team projects.  In the exercises the participants will gather initial expertise in applying state of the art data mining tools on realistic data sets.

Like in the previous years, participants will take part in the annual Data Mining Cup (DMC), an international student competition in data mining, as part of the project work. In addition to the DMC submission, the approaches and results of the project have to be compiled into a written project report, and presented in a plenary session.

Time and Location

  • Exercise: Monday, 10.15 - 11.45, A 5, 6, C012
  • Lecture: Tuesday, 13.45 - 15.15, B6 23-25, A 104


Final exam

  • 60 % written exam
  • 40 % project work

 Slides and Excercises


  Participation FSS 2016

  • The course is open to students of the Master Business Informatics, Master Data Science, and Lehramt Informatik.
  • The course is restricted to 30 participants.
  • Registration is done via the ILIAS group 
  • Registration will be opened Friday, February 10th, 9:00 am, using this link
  • Allocation of places is done by FCFS (limit 30 students)



13.2.-Lecture: Preprocessing
20.2.Exercise: PreprocesingLecture: Regression
27.2.Exercise: RegressionLecture: Anomaly Detection
6.3.Exercise: Anomaly DetectionLecture: Ensembles
13.3.Exercise: EnsemblesLecture: Time Series
20.3.Exercise: Time SeriesLecture: Neural Networks
27.3.Exercise: Neural NetworksLecture: Parameter Tuning
3.4.Exercise: Parameter Tuning-
10.4.Easter Break
17.4.Easter Break
24.4.Work on DMC TaskIntermediate Presentation
1.5.HolidayIntermediate Presentation
8.5.Work on DMC TaskIntermediate Presentation
15.5.Work on DMC TaskConsultation for final submission
22.5.-Final Presentation


  1. Pang-Ning Tan, Michael Steinbach, Vipin Kumar: Introduction to Data Mining, Pearson.
  2. Ian H. Witten, Eibe Frank, Mark A. Hall: Data Mining: Practical Machine Learning Tools and Techniques, 3rd Edition, Morgan Kaufmann.
  3. Bing Liu: Web Data Mining, 2nd Edition, Springer.

Further literature on specific topics will be announced in the lecture.


  • We will use the most recent version of RapidMiner. Licence key handling will be discussed within the first sessions of this course.

Lecture Videos

  • Video recordings of the Data Mining II lectures are available here (accessible from within the university network or VPN).