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April 28, 2016

3rd edition of "Data Mining for Business Analytics" now published

I'm glad to announce that the third edition of our textbook Data Mining for Business Analytics (with Peter Bruce and Nitin Patel) is now available! We added several cool and useful new topics: ensembles, uplift modeling, collaborative filtering, social network analysis, and text mining. The new edition also includes new examples and cases and XLMiner screenshots updated with the current software version.

We updated "business intelligence" to "business analytics" in the title of the textbook to reflect the change in terminology since the last edition.

The foreword for the third edition is by University of Minnesota's Ravi Bapna, the Carlson Chair in Business Analytics who was one of the earliest users of the first edition and has been leading and heading many business analytics programs, research, and initiatives.

Thanks to all our readers and adopting instructors who've shared feedback and suggestions over the years. This vibrant community has helped us create a better book.

The third edition is available in hardcover and as an eBook (Kindle and Wiley e-Text). Instructors interested in an evaluation copy, please use the official Wiley page.


April 28, 2016

"To Explain or To Predict?" in Hong Kong

If you're in Hong Kong next week and interested in my work on "To Explain or To Predict?" feel free to attend one of the two talks, each delivered to a different type of audience:

  1. May 4, 14:30 at the Faculty of Business & Economics at The University of Hong Kong (abstract and details) - hosted by Prof. Hsiao-Hui Lee.
  2. May 5, 10:30 at the Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management (SEEM) at City University of Hong Kong (abstract and details) - hosted by Prof. Kwok Tsui.

March 21, 2016

"To Explain or To Predict?" at NTHU's Institute of Information Systems & Applications

On Wednesday (March 23) I'll talk about the difference between using statistical models and data mining for explanation vs. prediction at NTHU's Institute of Information Systems & Applications (here's the official announcement). For those who've been waiting to hear this talk in Hsinchu, here's your chance. Looking forward to a lively discussion.
Location: NTHU, Delta Building, Room 105
Date & Time: March 23, 13:30-15:00


March 5, 2016

Talk on Behavioral Big Data @ Waterloo (Canada) on Tuesday

I'll be delivering a plenary talk on Analyzing Behavioral Big Data: Methodological, Practical, Ethical, and Moral Issues at the Stu Hunter Research Conference, in Waterloo, Canada. The talk will be on Tuesday, 9:00-10:30am, followed by two discussants (Discussants: Roger Hoerl, Union College; Kwok Tsui, City University of Hong Kong; Moderator: Maria Weese, Miami University), and discussion from the audience. 

The talk will be based on my paper with the same title.


February 27, 2016

Big Data - To Explain or To Predict? @ U Toronto's Rotman School of Mgmt

On Friday, March 4 (2016), I'll deliver a talk on Big Data - To Explain or To Predict as part of the Big Data Experts Speaker Series @ Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. The talk will discuss the differences between modeling data for causal explanation vs. prediction, with the aim of clarifying usages of big data analytics in both academic research and industry.


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