In this project, you will be expected to do a comprehensive literature search and survey,

In this project, you will be expected to do a comprehensive literature search and survey, select and study a specific topic in one subject area of data mining and its applications in business intelligence and analytics (BIA), and write a research paper on the selected topic by yourself. The research paper you are required to write can be a detailed comprehensive study on some specific topic or the original research work that will have been done by yourself.



Requirements and Instructions for the Research Paper:

1.  The objective of the paper should be very clear about subject, scope, domain, and the goals to be achieved.

2.  The paper should address the important advanced and critical issues in a specific area of data mining and its applications in business intelligence and analytics. Your research paper should emphasize not only breadth of coverage, but also depth of coverage in the specific area.

3.  The research paper should give the measurable conclusions and future research directions (this is your contribution).

4.  It might be beneficial to review or browse through about 20 to 30 relevant technical articles before you make decision on the topic of the research project.

5.  The research paper can be:

a.  Literature review papers on data mining techniques and their applications for business intelligence and analytics.

b.  Study and examination of data mining techniques in depth with technical details.

c.  Applied research that applies a data mining method to solve a real world application in terms of the domain of BIA.

6.  The research paper should reflect the quality at certain academic research level.

7.  The paper should be about at least  3000-3500 words.

8.  The paper should include adequate abstraction or introduction, and reference list.

9.  Please write the paper in your words and statements, and please give the names of references, citations, and resources of reference materials if you want to use the statements from other reference articles.

10.  From the systematic study point of view, you may want to read a list of technical papers from relevant magazines, journals, conference proceedings and theses in the area of the topic you choose.

11.  For the format and style of your research paper, please make reference to CEC Dissertation Guide (, Publication Manual of APA, or the format of ACM and IEEE journal publications.


Suggested and Possible Topics for Written Report (But Not Limited)

Supervised Learning Methods:

Classification Methods:

Regression Methods

Multiple Linear Regression

Logistic Regression

Ordered Logistic And Ordered Probit Regression Models

Multinomial Logistic Regression Model

Poisson and Negative Binomial Regression Models


Bayesian Classification

Naïve Bayes Method

k Nearest Neighbors


Decision Trees

ID3 (Iterative Dichotomiser 3)

C4.5 and C5.0

CART (Classification and Regression Trees)

Scalable Decision Tree Techniques


Neural Network-Based Methods

Back Propagation

Neural Network Supervised Learning


Bayes Belief Network


Rule-Based Methods

Generating Rules from a Decision Tree

Generating Rules from a Neural Net

Generating Rules without Decision Tree or Neural Net


Support Vector Machine


Fuzzy Set and Rough Set Methods


Unsupervised Learning Methods:


Clustering Methods:


Partition Based Methods

Squared Error Clustering

K-Means Clustering (Centroid-Based Technique)

K-Medoids Method (Partition Around Medoids, Representative Object-Based Technique)

Bond Energy


Hierarchical Methods

Agnes(Agglomerative vs. Divisive Hierarchical Clustering)

BIRCH (Balanced Iterative Reducing and Clustering Using Hierarchies)

Chameleon (Hierarchical Clustering using Dynamic Modeling)

CLARANS (Clustering Large Applications Based Upon Randomized Search)

CURE (Clustering Using REpresentatives)


Density Based Methods

DBSCAN (Density Based Spatial Clustering of Applications with Noise, Density Based Clustering Based on Connected Regions with High Density)

OPTICS (Ordering Points to Identity the Clustering Structure)

DENCLUE (DENsity Based CLUstEring, Clustering Based on Density Distribution Functions)


Grid-Based Methods

STING (Statistical Information Grid)

CLIQUE (Clustering In QUEst, An Apriori-like Subspace Clustering Method)


Probabilistic Model Based Clustering


Clustering Graph and Network Data (For Example, Social Networks)


Self-Organized Map Technique


Evaluation and Performance Measurement of Clustering Methods

Assessing Clustering Technology

Determining the Number of Clusters

Measuring Clustering Quality


Association Rule Mining


Evolution Based Methods:

Genetic Algorithms



Data Mining Applications for Business Intelligence and Analytics

Text Mining

Spatial Mining

Temporal Mining

Web Mining


Over fitting and Under fitting issues


Performance Evaluation and Measurement

Confusion Matrix

ROC (Receiver Operating Characteristic)

AUC (Area Under the Curve)


Data Mining Tools





Sample Format of Project Report


1. Title Page

In general, the number of words in the title of report should be controlled within 10 words if possible. The title page should have your name, email, contact information, and date below the title.


2. Abstract


The abstract page should summarize the highlight of your project to tell the audience what have been done in the research project.


3. Table of Contents


The TOC part should list all titles of sections and subsections with page numbers.


4.  Introduction


This part introduces the audience with necessary information to guide them into the subjects of your research project.


5. Background and Literature Review


6.  Statement of the Proposed Research or Study


With the discussion in Background and Literature Review, the proposed research and study can be given in the format of, possibly, Problem Statement to indicate what to be studied, investigated, researched, and/or achieved from this project.


7.  Methodology


Based on the Problem Statement and the objective to be achieved, you may want to elaborate the underline methodology to be used in order to fulfill the research task and achieve the goal of the research/study. If possible, please provide elaboration of rationales in both depth and width. It is better to use illustrative examples to explain the methodology employed in this project.


8. Experiment Design and Result Analysis


Provide the details of how experiments are designed and conducted, and observation from the experiment. Analysis of experimental results are important based on your observation, understanding, interpretation, etc. with some performance analysis methods.


9. Conclusion


Summarize your research/study by giving some conclusion from the project, and may provide future research/study directions with discussion of potentials.


10. Reference List




11. Appendix (if necessary)


For style, please make reference APA Manual, ACM, IEEE publications, CEC Dissertation Guide.

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