Chapter 18

Expanding Your Horizons

In This Chapter

arrow Digging deeper into data mining

arrow Taking advantage of new data-mining methods

arrow Thinking Big Data

arrow Integrating data mining with other disciplines

You can be a data miner, or you can be an outstanding data miner. The difference is just a matter of effort. Invest thought, study, and practice in your new profession, and you’ll become a distinguished practitioner.

In this chapter, you find out how to make the most of your tools, widen your analytics range with new techniques, and tackle today’s large and complex data sources.

Squeezing More Out of What You Have

The data-mining applications available today, even those that are free of charge, are remarkably powerful and loaded with features and options. You don’t need to use all of them (even very experienced data miners rarely, if ever, use every option), but you must become familiar with the major capabilities, and you should never stop investigating and trying new things.

Mastering your data-mining application

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