Association rule learning

Association rule learning has been a popular approach to discover interesting relations hips between items in large databases. It is most commonly applied in retail to reveal regularities between products.

Asociation rule learning approaches find patterns as interesting strong rules in the database using different measures of interestingness. For example, the following rule would indicate that if a customer buys onions and potatoes together, they are likely to also buy hamburger meat: {onions, potatoes} -> {burger}

Another classic story probably told in every machine learning class is the beer and diaper story. An analysis of supermarket shoppers' behavior showed that customers, presumably young men, who buy diapers tend ...

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