Knowledge discovery and data mining: the Info-Fuzzy network (Ifn) methodology

Oded Maimon, Mark Last

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This book presents a specific and unified approach to Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, termed IFN for Information Fuzzy Network methodology. Data Mining (DM) is the science of modelling and generalizing common patterns from large sets of multi-type data. DM is a part of KDD, which is the overall process for Knowledge Discovery in Databases. The accessibility and abundance of information today makes this a topic of particular importance and need. The book has three main parts complemented by appendices as well as software and project data that are accessible from the book's web site (£). Part I (Chapters 1-4) starts with the topic of KDD and DM in general and makes reference to other works in the field, especially those related to the information theoretic approach. The remainder of the book presents our work, starting with the IFN theory and algorithms. Part II (Chapters 5-6) discusses the methodology of application and includes case studies. Then in Part III (Chapters 7-9) a comparative study is presented, concluding with some advanced methods and open problems. The IFN, being a generic methodology, applies to a variety of fields, such as manufacturing, finance, health care, medicine, insurance, and human resources. The appendices expand on the relevant theoretical background and present descriptions of sample projects (including detailed results).
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDordrecht, Netherlands
PublisherKluwer Academic
Number of pages171
ISBN (Print)0792366476, 9780792366478
StatePublished - 2001

Publication series

NameMassive computing
PublisherKluwer Academic
Volume 1


  • Addition
  • algorithms
  • computer science
  • data mining
  • database
  • fuzzy
  • information
  • information system
  • knowledge
  • knowledge discovery
  • learning
  • machine learning
  • performance
  • process engineering
  • statistics


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