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Mathematical tools for data mining. Set theory, partial orders, combinatorics. (English) Zbl 1151.68386
Advanced Information and Knowledge Processing. London: Springer (ISBN 978-1-84800-200-5/hbk). xii, 616 p. (2008).
Publisher’s description: The maturing of the field of data mining has brought about an increased level of mathematical sophistication. Such disciplines like topology, combinatorics, partially ordered sets and their associated algebraic structures (lattices and Boolean algebras), and metric spaces are increasingly applied in data mining research. This book presents these mathematical foundations of data mining integrated with applications to provide the reader with a comprehensive reference.
Mathematics is presented in a thorough and rigorous manner offering a detailed explanation of each topic, with applications to data mining such as frequent item sets, clustering, decision trees also being discussed. More than 400 exercises are included and they form an integral part of the material. Some of the exercises are in reality supplemental material and their solutions are included. The reader is assumed to have a knowledge of elementary analysis.
Features and topics: Study of functions and relations; Applications are provided throughout; Presents graphs and hypergraphs; Covers partially ordered sets, lattices and Boolean algebras; Finite partially ordered sets; Focuses on metric spaces; Includes combinatorics; Discusses the theory of the Vapnik-Chervonenkis dimension of collections of sets.
This wide-ranging, thoroughly detailed volume is self-contained and intended for researchers and graduate students, and will prove an invaluable reference tool.

68P05 Data structures
68P15 Database theory
68-01 Introductory exposition (textbooks, tutorial papers, etc.) pertaining to computer science
68T05 Learning and adaptive systems in artificial intelligence