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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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Where to start learning about topological data analysis

I was wondering if anyone could help me out with finding a nice introductory introductory text for topological data analysis (I'm speaking as somebody who has two semesters of experience with ...
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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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Chaos theory and fractal geometry: Constructing from data

I understand that fractal geometry represents behaviour of 'chaotic' system, if I am not wrong. And also, fractals are generated by a recursive function. But, lets say I have random data lying with ...
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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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Way to compare three numbers with an algorithm.

Say I have values 10, 3, 6 What would be a way of finding a subjective difference between them. Or in other words, how close they are to each-other. So if i had 3, 2.5, 2.8; they would be close ...
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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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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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Power set of a set containing a set

I need some help understanding this concept a little better. I understand the general power sets, but only worked nice and easy examples where only the set consisted of only single elements like ...
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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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Testing for chaos in data

I have data for 3 variables ,each with respect to the discrete time values. How do I check for the existence of chaos for this 3D discrete system?(I don't have the analytic eqs.,just the data). MY ...
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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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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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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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Clustering elements according to covariance matrix

I'm doing a little bit of topic modelling (which is not really my area) with twitter tweets. The situation is the following: I have a (sort of) covariance matrix where the entrie $C_{ij}$ corresponds ...
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How does 2D kriging interpolation work?

I have a grid of points Example ...
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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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Use a set of data points from a graph to find a derivative

I have a data logger that is recording the temperature readings from thermocouples at a specific interval. This gives me data points that I can graph where the x-coordinate is time and the ...
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Calculate trend and represent in text?

First off, I'm terrible at math. I'm writing a script that monitors transactions from clients daily over a 7 day period. Given a set of numbers like below, I would like to calculate a trend and ...
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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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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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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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weighing avg by columns vs rows outputs different results

First of all, I just know the basics of math, so please be patient. I have an overall score for a company with the product1 and product2. However when I do the overall for each criteria like ...
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Inversion of the Burrows Wheelers Transform

The "Burrows-Wheeler Transform" in signal processing is a transformation which is used in for instance data compression and pattern recognition. It can be described in mathematical terms as: Start ...
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Finding similarity between elements using statistics

I have a dataset of DJs in which I'm trying to find DJs similar to a specific DJ. Each DJ has a set of a genres with a certain percentage. How can I find the similarity between 2 DJs? The following is ...
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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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Continuity correction: Change P(2 ≤ x < 9) to continuous?

Convert discrete probability into continuous probability using continuous correction: attempt: Discrete: P(2 ≤ x < 9) therefore continuous should be Continuous: P(1.5 < X < 8.5) Is this ...
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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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Mutual Information for clustering

I'm working on a document clustering application and decided to use Normalized Mutual Information as one of the measures of effectivenes. But I don't really understand how to implement this in that ...
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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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Group mean vector and common group covariance matrix in discriminant analysis?

I'm looking over the answers for old statistics exams in preparation for my own exam, while reviewing a question concerning discriminant analysis I found something really odd. I have input variables ...
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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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Standard Deviation vs Standard Error

I am confused about the difference between standard deviation and error. When do I use which? From my lecture: Standard deviation quantifies spread of data about mean Standard error measures spread ...
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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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Curve fitting with upper and lower bounds for derivatives

I compute (at a great cost) upper and lower bounds $f_u(x)$ and $f_l(x)$ of an unknown function $f(x)$ at points $x$ in $[0,1]$. Now I am interested in an estimation of the derivative $f'(x)$. I ...
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pdf of sum of two dependent random variables

What is the pdf of sum of two dependent random variables given we know their joint pdf and individual pdfs. I have seen already some posts but none of them answered when they are dependent. Every one ...
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Methods for Extrapolating Data Close To Observations

I am aware of many different ways to go about interpolating between the values of known data points. However, whenever I come upon (I work in Quantitative Finance) the need to extrapolate data I find ...