Data Mining

Subject MAST90028 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2012.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours comprising one 2-hour lecture per week and one 1-hour practical class per week.
Total Time Commitment: Not available




Recommended Background Knowledge:

It is recommended students complete a second year statistics subject equivalent to the following; and have had some exposure to computer packages:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 2
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Core Participation Requirements:

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Melbourne Graduate School of Science
Faculty of Science
The University of Melbourne
Victoria 3010

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Subject Overview:

Data Mining refers to the management and analysis of large data sets.

Data Mining became possible with the advent of large-scale data collection and the computing power necessary to process it. It involves all of the following steps:

  1. Data Warehousing.
  2. Data Cleaning.
  3. Data Description and Visualisation.
  4. Data Analysis and Interpretation

This course deals only with step 4 of the Data Mining process: data analysis and interpretation. It considers techniques for Rule Finding, Classification, Regression and Clustering. The themes that run through the course are:

  1. Model fitting and selection and how to avoid overfitting.
  2. Scalable algorithms that can be used with very large data sets.
  3. How to acommodate high-dimensional data.
  4. Actionability and interpretability of models


After completing this subject, students should:

  • understand many of the techniques used to analyse large data sets;
  • have acquired skills and techniques widely used in modern data mining; and
  • have gained the ability to pursue further studies in this and related areas.

Up to 40 pages of written assignments (20%: two assignments worth 10% each, due mid and late in semester), a 3-hour written examination (80%, in the examination period).

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

Upon completion of this subject, students should develop:

  • problem-solving skills (especially through tutorial exercises and assignments) including engaging with unfamiliar problems and identifying relevant strategies;
  • analytical skills including the ability to construct and express logical arguments and to work in abstract or general terms to increase the clarity and efficiency of the analysis; and
  • ability to work in a team, through interactions with other students.

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