10 Very Interesting People (VIP) in Data Mining

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.


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  1. 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.

  2. 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..

  3. 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

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