MATH 5392: Introduction to Data Mining
Fall 2017

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Course Information

  • Instructor: Jonghyun Yun
  • Office Telephone Number: (817) 272-3261
  • Email Address: "j" dot "yun" at-sign "uta" dot "edu"
  • Course Webpage: http://wweb.uta.edu/faculty/yunj/math5392-fa17/math5392-fa17.html
  • Office Hours: PKH 446, Tu/Thu 1:00-2:00 pm or by appointment
  • Section Information: MATH 5392: Introduction to Data Mining
  • Time and Place of Class Meetings: Tu/Thu 2:00-3:20 pm, Room 302
  • Prerequisite: Basic programming skills are preferred, but not required.
  • Required Textbooks
    • Hastie, T., Tibshirani, R., and Friedman, J. H. (2008), The Elements of Statistical Learning: Data Mining, Inference, and Prediction, 2nd Edition. Springer.
    • Other Recommended Textbooks and Resources
      • Bishop, C. M. (2006). Pattern recognition and machine learning. Springer.
      • Rencher and Schaalje (2008). Linear Models in Statistics, 2nd Edition. Wiley.

Course Content

Data mining is the process of exploring and analyzing, by automatic or semiautomatic means, large quantities of observational data in order to discover meaningful patterns and models. By applying data mining techniques, data miners can fully exploit data patterns and behavior, gain insider understanding of the data, and produce new knowledge that decision-makers can act upon. Data mining has gained a substantial interest among practitioners in a variety of fields and industries. Nowadays, almost every organization collects data, which can be analyzed in order to support making better decisions, improving policies, discovering computer network intrusion patterns, designing new drugs, detecting credit fraud, making accurate medical diagnoses, etc.

The course covers selected portions of the textbook (ESL), with main focus on topics including but not limited to:

  • Supervised learning
    • linear regression, logistic regression
    • model assessment, validation, and regularization
    • boosting; bagging and random forest
    • support vector machine, generative/discriminative classification algorithm
    • neural network, probabilistic graphical model
  • Unsupervised learning:
    • cluster analysis
    • principal component analysis, multidimensional scaling

The course will use R in order to demonstrate the implementation of data mining methods. In the first week, we will have a refresher on the commands in R which you will need to use in the following weeks, but this is not a comprehensive R course, and we will not go in depth on R syntax. Please see online R resources listed in the course website.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the requirements for this course, students should have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. understand a wide variety of data mining algorithms.
  2. understand how to perform evaluation of learning algorithms and model selection.
  3. be proficient with data mining software such as the R language.
  4. understand how to create reproducible research documents using the R Markdown syntax.
  5. conceptualise a data mining solution to a practical problem.

Important dates

  • 8/24: First day of class
  • 9/4: Labor Day Holiday
  • 9/11: Census date
  • 10/17: Midterm
  • 11/1: Last day to drop classes; submit requests to advisor prior to 4:00 pm
  • 11/23-24: Thanksgiving holidays
  • 12/6: Last day of class


The usual grading scale will be used for this course.

100-90 89-80 79-70 69-60 below 60

Grade Distribution

  • 35% Homework assignments
  • 25% Take-home midterm exam
  • 40% Final project

Document Formatting

All coursework (homework, midterm and final) must be turned in electronically, through Blackboard. All coursework will involve writing a combination of code and actual prose. You must submit your assignment in a format which allows for the combination of the two, and the automatic execution of all your code. The easiest way to do this is to use R Markdown. Exceptions may be made, with prior permission, for those who want to use other reproducible dynamic documents. Work should be submitted as R markdown and rendered PDF documents. Every files you submit should have a file name in the following format: WorkType#.FirstName.LastName.


The homework problems will be assigned weekly on the course webpage, and the problems will be supplemented with computer assignments requiring the use of statistical software (R). Statistical software instructions will be provided as needed.

There will be 10 homework assignments and a final homework assignment. One lowest homework score will be dropped, but you cannot drop the final homework. Late coursework will not be accepted without a university approved excuse. It is imperative that you show all your work; simply stating an answer will result in no credit for the problem. You are encouraged to work with each other on the homework problems, but you must turn in your own work.


The midterm exam will a take-home exam. A student will receive the exam on Tuesday, Oct 17th, and 48 hours will be given to finish. Make-up exams will only be given in rare cases.

Final project

Students will make in-class presentations of their final projects at the end of semester. Students also need to submit their final project reports. The instructions for the final project will be announced in class.

Lecture Attendance

At the University of Texas at Arlington, taking attendance is not required. Rather, each faculty member is free to develop his or her own methods of evaluating students' academic performance, which includes establishing course-specific policies on attendance. As the instructor of this section, I strongly encourage you to attend all lectures. You are responsible for any and all announcements made in class. You are also responsible for any material missed during class.

Drop Policy

Students may drop or swap (adding and dropping a class concurrently) classes through self-service in MyMav from the beginning of the registration period through the late registration period. After the late registration period, students must see their academic advisor to drop a class or withdraw. Undeclared students must see an advisor in the University Advising Center. Drops can continue through a point two-thirds of the way through the term or session. It is the student's responsibility to officially withdraw if they do not plan to attend after registering. Students will not be automatically dropped for non-attendance. Repayment of certain types of financial aid administered through the University may be required as the result of dropping classes or withdrawing. For more information, contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships (http://wweb.uta.edu/aao/fao/).

Disability Accommodations

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Non-Discrimination Policy

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Academic Integrity

Students enrolled in this course are expected to adhere to the UT Arlington Honor Code:

I pledge, on my honor, to uphold UT Arlington’s tradition of academic integrity, a tradition that values hard work and honest effort in the pursuit of academic excellence.

I promise that I will submit only work that I personally create or contribute to group collaborations, and I will appropriately reference any work from other sources. I will follow the highest standards of integrity and uphold the spirit of the Honor Code.

UT Arlington faculty members may employ the Honor Code as they see fit in their courses, including (but not limited to) having students acknowledge the honor code as part of an examination or requiring students to incorporate the honor code into any work submitted. Per UT System Regents' Rule 50101, §2.2, suspected violations of university's standards for academic integrity (including the Honor Code) will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct. Violators will be disciplined in accordance with University policy, which may result in the student's suspension or expulsion from the University.

Electronic Communication

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Student Feedback Survey

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Final Review Week

A period of five class days prior to the first day of final examinations in the long sessions shall be designated as Final Review Week. The purpose of this week is to allow students sufficient time to prepare for final examinations. During this week, there shall be no scheduled activities such as required field trips or performances; and no instructor shall assign any themes, research problems or exercises of similar scope that have a completion date during or following this week unless specified in the class syllabus. During Final Review Week, an instructor shall not give any examinations constituting 10% or more of the final grade, except makeup tests and laboratory examinations. In addition, no instructor shall give any portion of the final examination during Final Review Week. During this week, classes are held as scheduled. In addition, instructors are not required to limit content to topics that have been previously covered; they may introduce new concepts as appropriate.

Emergency Exit Procedures

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Student Support Services

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