10 Very Interesting People (VIP) in Data Mining

January 12, 2010 by
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During 2009 I was impressed and influenced by a lot of people in the data mining field. Among them, I have retained 10 data miners which I think made an impressive work in 2009. This work may be raising interesting discussions, proposing solutions, promoting data mining, etc. I have also added, when known, their website/blog and Twitter account. Note that this list is completely subjective and has no specific order:

  • Gregory Piatetsky: Author of the most popular newsletter in the data mining community, he has recently updated his website with new content. You can now subscribe with RSS and you can find KDnuggets on Twitter. Gregory does an amazing job in collecting data mining related information, analyzing it and distributing it to data miners (website, twitter).
  • Bruce Ratner: He is author and his website contains several articles about data mining. He has recently been very active on social networks such as LinkedIn (website).
  • Ajay Ohri: I think this is the most active blogger in the data mining field. He is very active on many social networks and has an excellent collection of interviews with key people in data mining and related fields (blog, twitter).
  • Vincent Granville: As the creator of AnalyticBridge, Vincent has made a great job in building a community of people specialized in analytics fields. His network links more than 6600 members. So, it’s time to subscribe! (website, twitter).
  • Matthew Hurst: He is the author of the very famous blog “Data Mining: Text Mining, Visualization and Social Media”. He is very active on his blog on topics such as social media and data mining the blogosphere (blog, twitter).
  • Dean Abbott & Will Dwinnell: I put them together since they are co-bloggers. Abbott’s Analytics is an excellent blog (one of my favorite) related to data mining. When reading the posts, you can really feel the experience of the authors (blog).
  • Greg Linden: His famous blog – Geeking with Greg – is well known for a while now. He writes very informative posts about personalization related topics (blog).
  • Matt Cuts: He mainly writes about Google stuffs and SEO. However, he is also well know in the data mining world since several posts are directly or indirectly related to this field (blog).
  • Themos Kalafatis: He writes a lot about text mining (social network mining, etc.) and his posts are very practical. It is always a pleasure to read his blog (blog, twitter).
  • Randall Matignon: He is the author of very comprehensive books on SAS Enterprise Miner. You can find all information about his books on his webpage (website).

If you have been impressed by other people in the field of data mining, feel free to comment this post.



19 Comments on 10 Very Interesting People (VIP) in Data Mining

  1. Frank Podlaha on Tue, 12th Jan 2010 8:17 pm
  2. Yikes, I only know one of the names on this list. I must be spending way too much time on Twitter. :)


  3. Sandro Saitta on Tue, 12th Jan 2010 10:45 pm
  4. @Frank: So then you certainly know a lot of interesting Twitter users :-)

  5. steffen on Sun, 17th Jan 2010 12:16 pm
  6. Thanks Sandro for this list. I admit I am to lazy to dig through ALL blogs collected on your site, but now I know where to start.

  7. Sandro Saitta on Mon, 18th Jan 2010 8:48 am
  8. @steffen: Indeed, it’s a good starting point. Then you can continue with the list of data mining blogs :-)

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  9. Will Dwinnell on Sun, 24th Jan 2010 1:21 pm
  10. Thank you for your kind words.

  11. Sandro Saitta on Tue, 26th Jan 2010 8:06 pm
  12. @Will: You’re welcome!

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  13. Themos Kalafatis on Fri, 5th Feb 2010 8:48 am
  14. Sandro Thanks for the add on the list. I think that each and every one of us -including you of course- are sharing a different content and point of views which allows people to get to know more about Data Mining and Analytics. Keep up the great work..

  15. Ridz on Sun, 14th Feb 2010 4:37 pm
  16. Interesting, see also Data Mining: Top 10 Search Keywords in Google http://mydatamine.com/?p=139

  17. Karl Rexer on Thu, 5th Aug 2010 2:12 am
  18. That’s an interesting list of people. Here are a couple more ideas for VIP data miners:

    — Usama Fayyad — here’s an old bio from 2009: http://fayyad.com/

    — Bharat Rao — here’s an old bio from 2006: http://www.redhotcurry.com/usa/news/2006/siemens_inventor.htm
    His team at Siemens Medical use data mining on medical images to improve cancer diagnosis and other great things. They also regularly win data mining best paper awards (I’ve been on several of the award committees). And Bharat was the general chair of the KDD-2010 data mining conference.

    — Leo Breiman — everyone knows the CART decision tree algorithm, we should also all know about Breiman. Here’s a bio: http://www.kdd.org/awards_innovation.php#2005i

    — Other candidates for this list would include many of the people who have won SIGKDD awards in recent years: http://www.kdd.org/awards.php

  19. internet and computer on Fri, 6th Aug 2010 5:48 am
  20. wow, thanks for this list, all of them inspiring me.

  21. Sandro Saitta on Fri, 6th Aug 2010 5:04 pm
  22. @Karl: Thanks for the nice input. Usama has written very good introductory papers about data mining by the way.

  23. cristian mesiano on Sat, 6th Aug 2011 8:32 pm
  24. I would add the name of John Elder.
    … and In my own small i would suggest to follow also my blog at:
    there you can find some tips on data mining and text analytics with special regards to enterprise world.
    I offer also free code (in Wolfram Mathematica) to play with the experiments.

  25. Sandro Saitta on Sun, 7th Aug 2011 12:00 am
  26. @cristian: I agree with you, John Elder should be added to the list. Thanks for the link to your blog, I will visit it soon.

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