Spring 2023 - CMPT 741 G100

Data Mining (3)

Class Number: 6531

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 4 – Apr 11, 2023: Wed, 2:30–3:20 p.m.

    Jan 4 – Apr 11, 2023: Fri, 2:30–4:20 p.m.



The student will learn basic concepts and techniques of data mining. Unlike data management required in traditional database applications, data analysis aims to extract useful patterns, trends and knowledge from raw data for decision support. Such information are implicit in the data and must be mined to be useful.


Data mining aims to extract useful patterns, trends and previously unknown knowledge from raw data for decision support. This course has two focuses: basic concepts and techniques, and recent technologies and developments in dealing with very large data sets. For the first focus, we will study the classic data mining techniques including association, classification, and clustering; for the second focus, we will study the dominant software systems and algorithms for coping with Big Data. Topics include finding similar items, link analysis, recommendation algorithms, data privacy and security. The course will involve assignments/projects, one midterm and final exam.

1. Introduction
2. Association Rule Mining
3. Classification and Supervised Learning
4. Clustering and Unsupervised Learning
5. Finding Similar Items
6. Link Analysis
7. Recommendation Systems
8. Data Privacy and Security


  • Assignments/Projects 40%
  • Midterm 20%
  • Final Exam 40%



Introduction to Data Mining 2nd Edition, Pang-Ning Tan, Addison Wesley, Available online
ISBN: 9780133128901

Mining of Massive Datasets, Anand Rajaraman, Jure Leskovec, and Jeffrey Ullman, Cambridge University Press, 2012, Available free online: http://proquest.safaribooksonline.com/9781316147047?uicode=simonfraser
ISBN: 9781107077232

Data Mining: Concepts and Techniques, 3rd Edition, Han, Kamber, Pei , Morgan Kaufmann, 22 Jun 2011, Available online
ISBN: 9780123814791


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Graduate Studies Notes:

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Registrar Notes:


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