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A Practice-Oriented Approach to Teaching Undergraduate Data Mining Course

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Computer Science Applications

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Computers in Education

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22.85.1 - 22.85.11



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Dan Li Northern Arizona University

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Dr. Dan Li received her Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, in 2005. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Department at the Northern Arizona University. Her current research interests include large-scale databases, spatio-temporal data mining, information security, and computer science education.

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A  Practice-­‐Oriented  Approach  to  Teaching  Undergraduate  Data  Mining  Course  Data  mining  is  a  fast-­‐growing  field  of  study  in  Computer  Science  and  Information  Systems.  Many  schools  have  developed  data  mining  course  for  undergraduate  students.    The  course  content  has  been  well  defined  and  streamlined  because  of  the  availability  of  outstanding  data  mining  textbooks.  However,  the  focus  on  theoretical  content  of  data  mining  makes  it  hard  for  undergraduate  students  to  digest,  and  thus,  compromises  the  overall  learning  outcomes.  To  create  an  effective  and  dynamic  learning  environment,  we  introduce  a  practice-­‐oriented  approach.  This  paper  describes  how  we  use  the  open-­‐source  data  mining  tool,  RapidMiner,  to  enhance  the  learning  of  the  core  data  mining  topics  including  data  preprocessing,  association  mining,  classification  for  prediction,  and  cluster  analysis.  The  hands-­‐on  experience  provides  students  a  greater  insight  into  data  mining  algorithms  and  functionalities.

Li, D. (2011, June), A Practice-Oriented Approach to Teaching Undergraduate Data Mining Course Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17367

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