Data Mining (HWS 2018)

The course provides an introduction to advanced data analysis techniques as a basis for analyzing business data and providing input for decision support systems. The course will cover the following topics:

  • Goals and Principles of Data Mining
  • Data Representation and Preprocessing
  • Clustering
  • Classification
  • Association Analysis
  • Text Mining
  • Systems and Applications (e.g. Retail, Finance, Web Analysis)

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. The team projects take place in the last third of the term. Within the projects, students realize more sophisticated data mining projects of personal choice and report about the results of their projects in the form of a written report as well as an oral presentation.

Exam Review

The review for the first and second exam of FSS2018 will take place on Friday, September 28th, at 13:00 in Room B6 C101.

Time and Location

  • Lecture: Wednesday, 10.15 - 11.45, Room A5, C0.14
  • Exercise 1: Thursday, 12.00 - 13.30, Room B6, A2.04 (Python)
  • Exercise 2: Thursday, 13.45 - 15.15, Room B6, A2.04 (RapidMiner)
  • Exercise 3: Thursday, 15.30 - 17.00, Room B6, A2.04 (Python)

Note: there are three parallel exercise groups, you are supposed to only attend one.


Final exam

  • 60 % written exam
  • 40 % project work

Slides and Exercises

The lecture slide sets and exercises will be published here every week.


For attending the course, please register for the lecture in Portal 2 (link to lecture and exercise).The course is limited to 80 participants. From this semester on we will have a new process for the course registration and allocation. There will be no "first come - first serve". Students in higher semesters will be preferred, equally ranked students will be drawn randomly. You can register from 13th of August until 29th of August.

We offer three alternative times (Thursdays 12.00, 13.45 and 15.30) for the exercise session. Choose one and attend the exercise at the corresponding time (you don't have to register for it).


03.09.2018Introduction to Data Mining--
10.09.2018Lecture ClusteringIntroduction RapidMiner/Python,
Exercise Clustering
17.09.2018Lecture Classification 1Exercise Classification 
24.09.2018Lecture Classification 2Exercise Classification 
08.10.2018Introduction to Student Projects 
and Group Formation (Attendance obligatory)
Work on Project proposals
15.10.2018Lecture Classification 3Exercise Classification
22.10.2018Lecture Text Mining Exercise Text Mining
29.10.2018Lecture Association Analysis--
05.11.2018Feedback on demandExercise Association Analysis
12.11.2018Feedback on demandProject Work
19.11.2018Feedback on demandProject Work
26.11.2018Feedback on demandSubmission of project results
03.12.2018Presentation of project resultsPresentation of project results


  1. Pang-Ning Tan, Michael Steinbach, Vipin Kumar: Introduction to Data Mining, Pearson.
  2. Vijay Kotu, Bala Deshpande: Predictive Analytics and Data Mining: Concepts and Practice with RapidMiner. Morgan Kaufmann.


Videos and Screen Casts

  • Video recordings of the Data Mining I lectures and screen casts of the exercises are available here.

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