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Mathematics base for data mining and artificial intelligence algorithms. [closed]

Could you give me some clarification about data mining and artificial intelligence algorithms? What mathematics base they used for? Could you give me starting point, in mathematics, to understand ...
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Polynomial fitting where polynomial must be monotonically increasing

Given a set of monotonically increasing data points (in 2D), I want to fit a polynomial to the data which is monotonically increasing over the domain of the data. If the highest x value is 100, I ...
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Removing noise when the signal is not smooth

Suppose we have (an interval of) a time series of measurements: We assume it can be explained as a "simple" underlying signal overlaid by noise. I'm interested in finding a good algorithm to ...
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Highest points in heart cycle graph

I'm making an application that reads the heart cycle from a device, and I've aimed to get this image: Now, I need to get the highest points that appear in every cycle in order to calculate the ...
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Abstract Algebra for Business Intelligence / Data Mining

Twitter released its Algebird library, an abstract algebra library for scala. At a high level, what are the maths involved in abstract algebra that have an impact on aggregating large datasets?
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Detecting increasing pulse trains

I have a one dimensional point process representing the times of events which is also mixed in with lots of data that I regard as noise. The interval between the events in the point process are ...
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What would this curve be called?

In an resistor-capacitor circuit, the voltage stored is measured by taking the two values in Farads and Ohms - and the curve looks like this: What would this curve be called, logarithmic? ...
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How do I use specific data points on a graph to determine an equation?

I need to find a function $f(x)$ such that the following data points would fit on it: $$f(1) = 0 \\ f(2) = 0.5 \\ f(4) = 1.0 \\ f(8) = 1.5 \\ \cdots $$ and so on. So the pattern is every time $x$ ...
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Value range of normalization methods? min-max, z-score, decimal scaling

I am working my way through Normalization (data transformation) of data and was curious about four methods: min-max normalization, 2. z-score, 3. z-score mean absolute deviation, and 4. decimal ...
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Need to find function by the data

I have found interesting sequence, but I can't find its function. Here are the input and output data: ...
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Fitting a surface to 2D measurements

I am looking for a way to fit a surface given a set of measured data $(x, y) \mapsto z$. A typical example would consist of anywhere between $10$ and $30$ measurements spread evenly over a disc. ...
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Sigmoid function with separate control of derivative at 0 and sharpness of bend.

For a physical relationship, $f(x)$, I'm trying to model, i have a fairly good determination of some of the boundaries, such that $ f(0) = 0$ $f'(0) = B$ $ \lim_{x\to\infty} f = A $ So far, what I ...
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The number of nuts in a package of “Premium Cashews” is normally distributed with a mean of 433 and a standard deviation of 6 nuts.

The number of nuts in a package of "Premium Cashews" is normally distributed with a mean of 433 and a standard deviation of 6 nuts. Packages with fewer than 420 nuts or more than 445 nuts will be ...
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How do I 'reverse engineer' the standard deviation?

My problem is fairly concrete and direct. My company loves to do major business decisions based on many reports available on the media. These reports relates how our products are fairing in ...
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Where can I find a longitudinal study with a binary response?

I've spent the last couple of months trying to find real data (not simulated) of a longitudinal study, but I can't seem to find one. Any topic and time frame is fine, but the dependent variable must ...
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Logistic functions - how to find the growth rate

We have the formule for a model with logistic growth: $$ N_t = N_{t-1} + g\, N_{t-1}\left( 1 -\dfrac{N_{t-1}}{K}\right)$$ where $g$ defines the growth rate and $K$ is the carrying capacity. Let's ...
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Converting data to a specified range

I am trying to convert data to a particular range of 0-10. Actual Data may vary from - 50000 - 26214400. I have broken this down in to 4 parts as follows - ...
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$4\log_2(n)=n$ How to Solve for $n$?

As the title suggests, my log skills are pretty lacking. Need to learn how to get from $4\log_2(n)=n$ to $n=16$ ($\log$ base $2$). I've searched Google and it seems I am missing some core concept ...
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Is there a scientific way to assign weights to historical data?

This is a common question I usually face while processing historical data. I have year on year data of an event for the past N years.I would like to assign weights to the data of these N years so that ...
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Find data to perform regression analysis

I'm trying to find some data (two continuous variables that I believe are correlated) online for which I can perform a regression anaylsis, my assignment sheet says: The data may be found anywhere ...
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weighted ratings

I have a form where users can rate presentations and they can say how knowledgeable they are on the subject. The range for both sets is 1-5. (1 being lousy and 5 being great) So for example, a user ...
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Boxplots and bar graphs

I'm studying for the GRE and came across several questions that I was unable to answer in a practice booklet, even after looking at the answer and trying to work backwards, and searching google and ...
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Data Analysis and Probability

Two dice with a difference ... They appear identical, but one die is fair and the other is loaded so that the probability of throwing a 6 is 0.25. Bev picks a die at random and throws it, and it shows ...
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How to appropriately normalize financial data?

I am evaluating a normalization of financial data. Two colleagues feel certain of a certain approach, and I am befuddled. The approach shapes the results how they want (i.e., brings possibly extreme ...
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Optimize database indexes, the sequel

Background For those not familiar with databases. Indices help to speed up database searches, but they come at the cost of memory. Since you like your database to be fast, they are best cached in RAM ...
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Techniques to find regression parameters for multiple datasets where a subset of parameters should be the same for all datasets

I have five sets of observations of measured y as some function of measured $x_1, x_2, x_3,\ldots$ and I want to fit five functions to these observations. They have the form $$ y = f(x_1, x_2, ...
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Data Type Classification in Statistics

It is my understanding that in statistics one has 4 basic data types: nominal, ordinal, ratio, and interval. I see cases where people refer to "count data" (which is a random variable whose range is ...
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What's the best function to use to fit this data?

{7502, 6610, 4988, 2861, 2242, 1746, 1433, 1312, 949, 793, 767, 664, 660, 653, 588, 578, 575, 572, 553, 500, 445, 418, 374, 165, 108} I was looking at the number of seeds for torrent files for ...
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Aproximate data with this equation (or linearize the equation)

I have found an equation that describes the behaviour of a phisical system: $$ y=a_1e^{-a_2x} + a_3 + a_4x + a_5e^{{-a_6} / {(1-x)}}$$ Now I have data of that physical system and I want to ...
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curve fit but unknown function

I face a strange problem. I have data $[X,Y]$ with no noise. If I plot $Y$ as a function of $X$, it looks like a straight line and the regression coefficient is quite good. For the simplest model ...
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The correct probability distribution / way to analyze daily changes

I am working on a report which is being sent through to end users that should flag to them any "large changes" in the day-to-day values for the past 30 days for something we would assume the ...
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Exponent p-value generated in Excel

Excel gave me a p-value of 1.44909E-09 Notice is does not say .09 but 09 This is confusing me, I am trying to analyze my data but am stuck at this point. If it were E-9 it could be ...
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Kalman filter for acceleremoter and gyro

I have read a lot of literature on this topic, but many questions still remain. (Many formulae are here below, so, who prefers to look at them in a more comfortable manner can find a MathCAD sheet ...
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Lloyd's algorithm in normed vector spaces

How do I run Lloyd's algorithm in a normed vector space? The space: L*a*b* color space, finite sRGB segment, $R^3$ The distance metric: CIE94 using L*C*h* information derived from the L*a*b* ...
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Working out the “best” score based on quantity and ratio

I'm not an expert with mathematics so I hope I'm posting in the right place! I've got a lot of products which can be rated good, bad and OK by a user. What I'm having trouble with is finding which is ...
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What preposition to use when fitting data?

Please could some real experts give an opinion on this question on English.SE: What preposition to use when fitting data? Do we fit data with, by, or as a linear function? Forgive me as I do ...
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Curve fitting: $a f_1(x)+b f_2(x)+c f_3(x)+d f_4(x)$

I want to fit my data $y$ with a method such as $$a f_1(x)+b f_2(x)+c f_3(x)+d f_4(x)$$ However I don't know how to obtain coefficients $(a,b,c,d)$ of the known functions ...
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Can we express “exactly X” with set theory?

I have a question that I think that is a better fit here than a programming SE as SQL is founded on set theory and my question is more about set theory than about a programming question. Assuming I ...
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Determining function from simple xy graph

I'm not sure if this question is too vague for here. Will delete if necessary. I have a set of points, (1,782), (2,893), (3,992),... and I'm trying to determine the function that was used to generate ...
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Extremely poor polyfit, what am I doing wrong?

I have a dataset with me: http://pastebin.com/YZArky1j, which I am trying to polyfit. This is what I used to perform the polyfit: ...
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Data compression from lack of patterns

From my understanding, lossless data compression takes advantages of statistical patterns. I want to know if it is possible to compress data based on the lack of patterns, such as a random string of ...
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Least squares fit with a trick

Fitting a circle with least squares is easy once you get the trick for $c = r^2 - a^2 -b^2$ and you got a linear set of equations. my problem is as follows: $$z = \alpha x + \beta y + \alpha \beta$$ ...
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How to work out the formula that connects several numbers

I have an interesting problem. Say I have lots of datasets like this: a = 21 b = 23 c = 58 d = 498 etc (lots of other values) X = 85 I need to find the formula ...
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Given two arrays, how can one determine the the intersection?

I have two datasets (A & B). They each have 1000 numbers. 99% of the time: A < x <= B However, 1% of the time B < x < A. How can I solve for x, ...
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Error in a numerical derivative

I have a graph of data, say temperature ($T$) vs time($t$), I know the error bounds in each $\Delta T$. The range of t is from 0 $\to$ 1600 s, with small steps say 0.001 s. If I numerically take ...
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Understanding a Density Plot

I am currently plotting density plots in R to view the distribution of my data. An example density plot is here I understand N is the number of values in the data set and bandwidth is the the ...
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Trying to find a meaningful statistical indicator to reflect user interaction with a website

A given user can interact in multiple ways with a website. Let's simplify a bit and say say a user can: Post a message Comment a message "like" something on the website via Facebook (after that we ...
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problem constructing an equation that connects variables

need a suggestion/advice/inputs from the mathematicians here. I have collected data of number of instructions/sec executed by a processor every second, number of loads/stores performed every second ...
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How do I creat a box and whisker plot?

I know you have to create a box around the median of a data set of numbers, but I do not know where the end of the box would be placed. Please help!
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Problem with significant figures

I know that if I am multiplying/dividing my answer is the least number of significant figure in the data and if I am adding/subtracting my answer is the least number of decimal places i the data but ...