Desktop Survival Guide
by Graham Williams
Many thanks to my many students from the Australian National University over the years who have been the reason for me to collect my thoughts and experiences with data mining to bring together into this book. I have benefited from their insights into how they learn best. They have also contributed in a number of ways with suggestions and example applications.
Colleagues in various organisations deploying or developing skills in data mining have also provided significant feedback, as well as the motivation, for this book.
This book has grown from a desire to share experiences in using and deploying data mining tools and techniques. A considerable proportion of the material draws on over ten years of teaching data mining to undergraduate and graduate students and running industry outreach courses. The aim is to provide recipe type material that can be instantly deployed, as well as reference material covering the concepts and terminology a data miner is likely to come across.
Many have contributed to the content of the book, providing insights and comments. Illustrative examples of using R have also come from the R mailing lists and I have used many of these to guide the kinds of examples that are included in the book. Many contributors to that list need to be thanked, with some examples in this book motivated by examples they have supplied to the mailing lists, and include Jeremy Baxter, Thierry Onkelinx, Gabor Grothendieck, Jim Holtman, Domenico Vistocco, and Earl F. Glynn.
Thanks particularly go to the reviewers who have added greatly to the readability and usability of the book. These include Catharina Williams, Peter Helmsted, Anthony Nolan, and Balázs Bárány.
I would also like to acknowledge the support of many contributors and users of Rattle, including: Frederick Stine, Hector Rocha, Brian Davis, Nicholas Flint, Thongchiw, William Jappy, William Canar, Long Chuan Chen, George Tzotzos, Eric Groo, Cyril Redcrow, Norman Johnson, Stephen Caulder, Willy De Jonghe, Kenneth Butler, Silvio Grosso, Kristy Crabbe, Eoin Brazil, Florent Heyworth, Richard Cox, Rutabayiro Ngoga Said, Luis Alexandre Estevao Da Silva, Thomas Belich, Keith Bierman, Alexander Moore, Penny Dawson, Keith Shepherd, Michel Ludier, John Kettman, Hiroshi Kashiwazaki, Daniel Wiechmann, Kundaikan, Richard Liu, Jeff Stiff, Ross Darrow, Chris Perry, C T M Elbers, Rolf Edberg, David Zdravkovic, Crispin Marks, Orlando Arencibia Mireles, Francisco Javier Navarro Garcia, John McArdle, David Jenkins, Robert Boissy, Michael Stigall, Kevin Donnelly, John Byrne, Régis Monfilliettem, Duncan Ray, Jose A Padros Escalante, Massimo Zanetti, Richard Feigel, Mark Mitchell, Ryan Garner, Bergthor Jonsson, David de Lucas Salmeron, Robert Berry, Edward Bracken, Paul Kwan, Bernard Gorman, Andre Lebert, Said Bolgot, Laura Hess, Frank Mathias Mattes, Craig Campbell, Luca Paci Ulrich Maier,, Jonas Gebhart, Paul Geissler, Lubomir Kuruc, David Urpani, Daniela Giovanna Calò, Eddy Mahad, Jose Bartolome, Tandj Meissner, Rahul Singh, Niklas Sebbas, Klaus Felsche, Daniel Ball, Ashok Selvaraj, Teppmeister, Pankaj Kohli, Bintellica Inc, Emanuele Zamprogno, Silvia Strada, Gavin Watson, Illuminas Ltd, Shaun Grannis, Robert Aronoff, Jan Nusselder, Jim Porzak, Dale Steele, Eun-Joo Lee, Alexander Sedgwick, Zaki Manian, Stephen Zeller, Peter Gallanis, Stephen Connolly, Nicolas Benitez Parejo, Ondrej Such, Boro Ilievski, Alexis Lebedew, Patrick Callinan, Ghazi Assaf, Richard Ruitenberg, Shailender Karur, Tadashi Imaizumi, Crisitian Dragusanu, Hamish R Hutchison, James Shanahan, Rene Gommes, Shiv Prasher, David Winsemius, Michael Cooper, Dezon Finch, Erich Teichmann, Flow & Wolf, Inc., Keith Davidson, David Younskevicius, James He, Wolfgang Peissner, Miguel Garcia-Cerrutti, William Robertson, Alan Fielding, Ronald Hilburn, John Ternent, Magdalena Tkacz, Bill Grant, Michael Feil, David Macqueen, Lina Bai, H Scholten, John Maindonald, Robert Schwartz, Rimantas Eidukevicius, Carlos Pina, Steven Katona, Martin Sjoelin, Folkert van Heusden, Carlos Martinez, Con Menictas, Melissa Leveque, Dezon Finch, Rebecca Krein, David Rooke, Innocent Kamwa, Martin Saturka, Francois van der Walt, Fabiane Braga, Yiyu Shen, Jung Seon Lee, Arnaud Schloesing, Paul O'Connor, Simon Sanchez, Andrew Clark, Tony Meissner, Justin Devoge, Kathy Kendall, Kemkeng Yves, Roland Duesing, Swadeep Malgireddy, Richard Palmer, Seong-Hwan Rho, Osman Radi, Marlis von der Hude, Least Cost Formulations, Mohd Mostafa, Frank Thomas, Stephen Roecker, Crtomir Rozman, George Dontas, William Alpert, Jukka Corander, Boudhayan Sen, Nissen Lars, Ravi Vishnu, Graca Gaspar, Dag Petter Svendsen, Danijela Puric-Mladenovic, Barend Bronsvoort, Carlos Martinez, Robert Berry, William West, Hennie Gerber, Victor Urrea Gales, Jose Matias, Rene Koch, David Thomas, Daniel Piret, Idielle Walters, Ambrose Andrews, Katsuhiko Kawai, Ellen Pitt, Jean Coursol, Dorothy Webb, Julian Shaw, Nicholas Barcza, Julien Mazerolle, Douglas Stone, Chris Liles, Takehiko Yasukawa, Thomas Callahan, Timothy Boudreau, Leif Kastdalen, Robert Flagg, Steven King, Robert Azzopardi, Peter Newbigin, Anthony Holmes, Daniel Naiman, Joseph Larmarange, Deborah Champagne, Joshua Rosenthal, James Porzak, Gary Kerns, Alfonso Iodice, Milton Cabral, Gail McEwen, Wade Thunborg, Longbing Cao, Martin Schultz, Danilo Cillario, Toyota Finance, Michael Stigall, Melanie Hilario, Siva Ganesh, Myra O'Regan, Stephen Zelle, Welling Howell, Adam Weisberg, Takaharu Aaki, Caroline Rodriguez, Patrick L Durusau, Menno Bot, Dorene A Gilyard, Henry Walker, Fei Huang, Di Peter Kralicek, Lo Siu Keung, Julian Leslie, Mona Habib, John Chow, Michael Provost, Hamish R Hutchison, Chris Raymond, Keith Lyons, Shawn Swart, Hubert Weikert, and Tom Thomas.
Graham J Williams, Canberra
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