Today, I’m going to explain in plain English the top 10 most influential data mining algorithms as voted on by 3 separate panels in this survey paper. Once you know what they are, how they work, what they do and where you …

## CART data mining algorithm in plain English

The CART data mining algorithm is part of a longer article about many more data mining algorithms.What does it do? CART stands for classification and regression trees. It is a decision tree learning technique that outputs either classification or regression trees. …

## Naive Bayes data mining algorithm in plain English

The Naive Bayes data mining algorithm is part of a longer article about many more data mining algorithms.What does it do? Naive Bayes is not a single algorithm, but a family of classification algorithms that share one common assumption: Every …

## k-Nearest Neighbor (kNN) data mining algorithm in plain English

The kNN data mining algorithm is part of a longer article about many more data mining algorithms.What does it do? kNN, or k-Nearest Neighbors, is a classification algorithm. However, it differs from the classifiers previously described because it’s a lazy …

## AdaBoost data mining algorithm in plain English

The AdaBoost data mining algorithm is part of a longer article about many more data mining algorithms.What does it do? AdaBoost is a boosting algorithm which constructs a classifier. As you probably remember, a classifier takes a bunch of data …

## PageRank data mining algorithm in plain English

The PageRank data mining algorithm is part of a longer article about many more data mining algorithms.What does it do? PageRank is a link analysis algorithm designed to determine the relative importance of some object linked within a network of objects. …

## Expectation-Maximization (EM) data mining algorithm in plain English

The EM data mining algorithm is part of a longer article about many more data mining algorithms.What does it do? In data mining, expectation-maximization (EM) is generally used as a clustering algorithm (like k-means) for knowledge discovery. In statistics, the …

## Apriori data mining algorithm in plain English

The Apriori data mining algorithm is part of a longer article about many more data mining algorithms.What does it do? The Apriori algorithm learns association rules and is applied to a database containing a large number of transactions. What are …

## Support Vector Machine (SVM) data mining algorithm in plain English

The SVM data mining algorithm is part of a longer article about many more data mining algorithms.What does it do? Support vector machine (SVM) learns a hyperplane to classify data into 2 classes. At a high-level, SVM performs a similar …