Slides on Association Rule Mining with R

See my latest slides on Association Rule Mining with R at

It is one of my tutorials on Machine Learning with R for the Melbourne Data Science Week on 1 June 2017. If you are interested, details can be found at

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AusDM 2017: submission deadline extended to 22 May

AusDM 2017 will be a special event this year being held in conjunction with IJCAI in Melbourne. This is a tremendous opportunity to present data mining research from Australia to a wider audience, with collaborative arrangements with IJCAI to invite wider participation.

Submissions are required by 5pm Monday 22 May 2017. Visit for details.

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Melbourne Data Science Week, 29 May – 2 June 2017

Melbourne Data Science Week
29 May – 2 June 2017

Two sold out events from 2016 are combining in 2017 to create what will hopefully be a great Data Science-palooza for Melbourne. Learn about applications, data, ideas and the latest tools for data science. Participate in panel sessions and break-time discussions with your colleagues from industry, academia and government. Hear from the datathon winners about how they did it.

For those who want hands on Data Science training there will be 8 full day tutorials from Mon-Thu.

I will run a tutorial on Machine Learning with R on 1 June, covering association rules, text mining and social network analysis. See details of the tutorial at

The tutorials are 80% full and will shortly sell out, so reserve your place now at
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Short Course on R and Data Mining, University of Canberra, Fri 7 Oct 2016

Short Course on R and Data Mining

Information Technology and Engineering, University of Canberra

Fees: There is no fees for the short course but seats are limited to 60 – so register early through

Presenters: Dr Yanchang Zhao (Adjunct Professor, UC), Professor Dharmendra Sharma

Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm, Fri 7 Oct 2016

Room: 2B02 (Building 2, room B02, University of Canberra)

Map and Parking:

Course Outline:

The course will cover R programming, data exploration and visualisation, and data mining with R. It will cover four topics below in two sessions. Each 1.5-hour session will consist of presentations on two topics, followed by lab for students to do exercises.

– R Programming and Data Exploration and Visualisation with R

– Regression and Classification with R

– Association Rule Mining with R

– Text Mining with R — an Analysis of Twitter Data

Instructions, prerequisites and slides for the course are or will be available at

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CFP: AusDM 2016 paper submission extended to 2 Sept

14th Australasian Data Mining Conference (AusDM 2016)
Canberra, Australia,
6-8 December 2016
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The Australasian Data Mining Conference has established itself as the premier Australasian meeting for both practitioners and researchers in data mining. AusDM’16 seeks to showcase: Research Prototypes; Industry Case Studies; Practical Analytics Technology; and Research Student Projects.

Publication and topics
We are calling for papers, both research and applications, and from both academia and industry, for presentation at the conference. Accepted papers will be published in an up-coming volume (Data Mining and Analytics 2016) of the Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology (CRPIT) series by the Australian Computer Society which is also held in full-text on the ACM Digital Library. AusDM invites contributions addressing current research in data mining and knowledge discovery as well as experiences, novel applications and future challenges.

Submission of papers
– Academic submissions: Regular academic submissions can be made in Research Track reporting on research progress, with a paper length of between 8 and 12 pages in CRPIT style.
– Industry submissions: Submissions can be made in the Application Track to report on specific data mining implementations and experiences in governments and industry projects. Submissions in this category can be between 4 and 8 pages in CRPIT style.
– Industry Showcase submissions: Submission from industry and government on an analytics solution that has raised profits, reduced costs and/or achieved other important policy and/or business outcomes can be made in this track with a one page Abstract only.

Online submission system

Important Dates
Paper Submission: extended to 6pm, Friday 2 Sept 2016, Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)
Authors Notified: Monday 24 October 2016
Camera Ready Submission: Monday 7 November 2016
Conference Dates: 6-8 December 2016

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Seminar: Data Mining for Biosecurity Regulation, University of Canberra, Wednesday 10 Aug 2016

Topic: Data Mining for Biosecurity Regulation
Speaker: A/Prof. Andrew Robinson, Melbourne University
When: 4:30pm-5:30pm, Wednesday 10 Aug 2016
Where: 9A1 (Building 9, Room A1), University of Canberra. See UC map at

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (the department) seeks to mitigate the inherent biosecurity risk of various pathways by various control measures. This presentation focuses on the deployment of data-mining tools on a collection of data resources held by the department. The overall results of the data mining exercises were very encouraging; we developed statistically reliable models that produced operationally realistic predictions. We discuss the benefits and challenges of statistical analysis of operational data resources.

About the speaker:
Andrew Robinson is Reader and Associate Professor in applied statistics, and deputy director of the Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis (CEBRA), at the University of Melbourne. Professor Robinson spends much of his time thinking about biosecurity at national borders, including analyzing inspection and interception data using statistical tools, designing and trialing inspection surveillance systems, developing metrics by which regulatory inspectorates can assess their performance, and discussing all of the above with interested parties. He is a co-author of three books: Introduction to Scientific Programming and Simulation Using R, Forest Analytics with R, and Methods of Statistical Model Estimation.


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Canberra Data Miners: Seminar on Text, Knowledge and Information Extraction, by Dr Lizhen Qu (NICTA), Canberra, 4:30-5:30pm, Tuesday 1 Sept

Topic: Text, Knowledge, and Information Extraction
Speaker: Dr. Lizhen Qu, Researcher at NICTA
Organizer: Canberra Data miners Meetup Group
Date and time: 4:30-5:30pm, Tuesday 1 Sept
Location: Teal Room of Inspire Centre, University of Canberra, Building 25, University of Canberra, Pantowora St, Bruce


Unstructured text is exploding at an astounding rate. Managing documents, mining interesting information from text, making decisions based on large volume of text impose a big challenge in this era. One solution is to apply information extraction (IE) techniques, which map unstructured text into structured knowledge representation, and store them into existing databases or knowledge bases. Then we can apply existing data analytics tools based on structured data for diverse purposes. In this talk, I will walk you through the core IE techniques such as named entity recognition, named entity disambiguation, and relation extraction, as well as their real-world applications. I will also cover our ongoing work regarding harvesting domain specific knowledge by using deep learning techniques.


Dr. Lizhen Qu is currently a researcher at the Machine Learning Research Group of National ICT Australia (NICTA), a research fellow at Australian National University. He was an invited speaker at Machine Learning Summer School in Sydney in 2015. Prior to being employed at NICTA, Lizhen Qu was a post-doc at Max Planck Institute for Informatics. Dr. Qu completed his PhD doctorate qualification in Sentiment Analysis from Max Planck Institute for Informatics and University of Saarland.  In 2008, he received the Diploma degree from the Computer Science Department at Technical University of Kaiserslautern. His main research focus is in natural language processing (NLP), with particular emphasis on machine learning approaches. He is especially interested in devising deep learning models to extract structured representations of knowledge from unstructured text. More details about Dr. Qu can be found at

Yanchang Zhao
Organizer of Canberra Data Miners Group

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