Data Mining

School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science
Assignment Briefing Sheet (2020/21 Academic Year)
Section A: Assignment title, important dates and weighting
Assignment title: Practical Group or
individual:
Individual
Module title: Data Mining Module
code:
7COM1018
Module leader: Peter Lane Moderator’s
initials:
Submission
deadline:
6th January 2021
23:59
Target date for return of
marked assignment:
3rd February 2021
You are expected to spend about 40 hours to complete this assignment to a
satisfactory standard.
This assignment is worth 40% of the overall assessment for this module.
Section B: Student(s) to complete

Student ID numberYear Code
NOT NEEDED FOR ONLINE SUBMISSION

Notes for students
 For undergraduate modules, a score above 40% represent a pass performance at honours level.
 For postgraduate modules, a score of 50% or above represents a pass mark.
 Late submission of any item of coursework for each day or part thereof (or for hard copy submission
only, working day or part thereof) for up to five days after the published deadline, coursework relating
to modules at Levels 0, 4, 5, 6 submitted late (including deferred coursework, but with the exception of
referred coursework), will have the numeric grade reduced by 10 grade points until or unless the
numeric grade reaches or is 40. Where the numeric grade awarded for the assessment is less than
40, no lateness penalty will be applied.
 Late submission of referred coursework will automatically be awarded a grade of zero (0).
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case of hard copy submission) after the published deadline will be awarded a grade of zero (0).
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refer to UPR AS14)
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https://herts.instructure.com/courses/61421/pages/referencing-avoiding-plagiarism?
module_item_id=779436
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School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science
Assignment Briefing Sheet (2020/21 Academic Year)

This Assignment assesses the following module Learning Outcomes (from Definitive Module
Document):
Successful students will typically:
2. be able to appreciate the strengths and limitations of various data mining models;
3. be able to critically evaluate, articulate and utilise a range of techniques for designing data mining
systems;
5. be able to critically evaluate different algorithms and models of data mining.
Assignment Brief:
A dataset of text is provided in the assignment area on Canvas. Analyse this data using the WEKA
toolkit and tools introduced within this module, comparing two different forms of preprocessing: For
example, you may investigate the impact of using stemming, the effect of reducing the number of
features, the impact of term frequency over a simple word count, etc.
Complete the following tasks:
1. Describe which question you will be investigating (e.g. “is stemming beneficial to improving
performance?”, “is the reduction of features beneficial to improving performance?”, etc.)
2. Convert the text dataset into TWO different databases in ARFF format, based on your chosen
question. Explain the conversion techniques and parameters that you have used, along with any
other pre-processing you wish to do. (Do not include a screen shot of the attributes in WEKA –
you need to describe them.)
3. For each database, produce a table and a graph of classification performance against training
set size for the following three classifiers: decision-tree (J48), Naïve Bayes, Support Vector
Machine. For the Support-Vector Machine you must determine the kernel,and its parameters.
4. Write a conclusion. You should at least compare the performance of the different learning
algorithms on your databases, and answer the question you posed in part (1).
Remember to explain the steps you have taken to complete each task in your report. Screenshots
are typically not required, and should be used sparingly if at all.
Submission Requirements:
A single PDF document containing your report, to a maximum 10 pages.
Marks awarded for:
Marks will be awarded out of 100 in the proportion:
1. Question (5 marks)
2. Conversion (40 marks)
3. Training/testing (40 marks)
4. Conclusion (15 marks)
A reminder that all work should be your own. Reports exceeding the maximum length may not
be marked beyond the 10 pages.
Type of Feedback to be given for this assignment:
Along with the marks, each student will receive individual written feedback on the online platform.

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