MET CS 699 HB-- Data Mining and Business Intelligence


Suresh Kalathur, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Computer Science Dept.
Boston Univeristy Metropolitan College
808 Commonwealth Ave, Room 250
Boston, MA 02215

Phone: 617-358-0006
Fax: 617-353-2367

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Course Description

Data mining and investigation is a key goal behind any data warehouse effort. The course provides an introduction to concepts behind data mining, text mining, and web mining. The course surveys various data mining applications, methodologies, techniques, and models. Topics include classification, decision trees, association rules, and clustering. The course wraps up with data mining case studies using large data sets taken from real-world projects. Algorithms will be tested on data sets using the Weka Data mining software and Microsoft SQL Server 2005 (Business Intelligence Development Studio). The course grading will consist of analyzing a series of data mining problems, in-class mid term exam, and an online final exam.

Course Grading Policy

The course grade will be based on active class participation and quizzes(10%), assignments (30%), mid term exam (30%), and final exam(30%). Assignments are expected to be submitted by their respective due dates. Late submission grades will be scaled with respect to the minimum grade of those submitted on time.


Student Conduct Code

Please review the academic conduct code

Tentative Course Schedule

Mandatory class meetings from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at Boston Campus on the following Saturdays (1/19, 2/9, 3/22, 4/12)
We will meet in CS Lab1 at 808 Commonwealth Ave, 2nd Floor.

  • Module 1 (Wed, 1/16 - Sun, 1/27)
    • Overview of Data Mining, Data Warehousing, and
      Business Intelligence.
    • Getting Started with SQL Server 2005 and WEKA Tools
  • Module 2 (Mon, 1/28 - Sun, 2/10)
    • Data Preparation
    • Data Warehouse and OLAP techniques
  • Module 3 (Mon, 2/11 - Sun, 2/24)
    • Data Mining -- Classification
  • Module 4 (Mon, 2/25 - Sun, 3/9)
    • Data Mining -- Association Analysis
    • Data Mining -- Clustering
  • Spring Recess Break (3/10 - 3/16)
  • Mid Term Week (Mon, 3/17 - Sat 3/22),
    Exam in class on 3/22 (One open text book allowed)
  • Module 5 (Mon, 3/24 - Sun, 4/13)
    • Text Mining and Web Mining
  • Module 6 (Mon, 4/14 - Sun, 4/27)
    • Real time Business Intelligence
    • Case Study
  • Final Exam Week, Exam Online (Mon, 4/28 - Sun, 5/4)
Assignment 1 Software Installations (Due Mon, 1/28)
Assignment 2 Data Preprocessing (Due Mon, 2/11)
Assignment 3 Classification (Due Mon, 2/25)
Assignment 4 Association and Clustering (Due Mon, 3/17)
Assignment 5 Text Mining (Due Mon, 4/14)
Assignment 6 Exploring the Case Study (Due Mon, 4/28)