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Friday, September 12, 2008

Data Mining Forums and Groups

I regularly receive e-mails about data mining questions, both general and specific. When I can, I answer to these questions directly. Otherwise, I suggest some data mining forums or groups where the sender can put his question. Today, I decided to give a list of existing forums that are related to data mining:

These forums are listed in no specific order. Also, remind that you can use the Data Mining Search Engine to find information specific to data mining. Feel free to post a comment if you would like to contribute to the data mining forum list.

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Steffen said...

thank you for the links :)

I further suggest the forum of RapidMiner / Yale. Although all tool related questions referring to rapidminer, general questions about data mining are also welcome.


Sandro Saitta said...

Hi Steffen! Thanks for the additional link. I have heard about RapidMiner. Is it a good tool? Do you know the advantages/drawbacks with WEKA and YALE for example?

Steffen said...

Hello Sandro

@discussion: I looked around the forums, but none of them is quite active...why it is so hard for a datamining related community site to reach the critical mass ? Analytic Bridge does not count in my eyes, because I am looking around for a ... students audience which is willing to discuss basic problems ... on analyticbridge I am always afraid to post non-high-level questions...
I am always eager to help other people with their problems, but I am missing interesting discussions...

Steffen said...


-stable and reliable learning algorithms (including those of weka :P)
-company behind which reacts quickly on bug reports
-xml-based processfiles for easy interchange / reproducability
-easy to extend (Java)

-No scripting operator - although it is easy to extend it is sometimes time consuming to perform simple ideas...because of this I am currently prototyping in R and coding my final algorithms in Java
-the internal representation of discrete values is pain .. but they are going to change this

Sandro Saitta said...

Steffen, thanks for your recommendations regarding RapidMiner.

About the forums, a good one is KDnuggets, but it is true that in overall, the community is not very active on forums.

I have already thought of starting a new data mining forum. Maybe I will try once...

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