Intermediate Data Mining Tutorials (Analysis Services - Data Mining)
Microsoft Analysis Services provides an integrated environment for creating and working with data mining models. You can easily bind to data sources, create and test multiple models on the same data, and deploy models for use in predictive analysis.
In the Basic Data Mining Tutorial, you learned how to use Business Intelligence Development Studio to create a data mining solution, and you built three models to support a targeted mailing campaign for analyzing customer purchasing behavior and for targeting potential buyers.
In this tutorial, you are expected to be familiar with the data mining tools and with the mining model viewers that were introduced in the Basic Data Mining Tutorial. This intermediate tutorial builds on that experience and introduces several new scenarios, including forecasting and market basket analysis. In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a time series model, an association model, and a sequence clustering model. You will also learn how to use nested tables in a model, and how to create filters on nested tables.
All scenarios use the AdventureWorksDW2008 data source, but you will create different data source views for different scenarios. You can do the lessons in any order as long as you create the data source first.
The lessons are independent and can be completed separately.
After your success with the targeted mailing campaign, you have been asked to apply your knowledge of data mining to develop several new models for use in business planning. These include the following new model types:
Time series models, to forecast the sales of products in different regions around the world. You will develop individual models for each region and also a general model that can be used for cross-prediction.
Association model, to analyze groupings of products that are purchased during visits to the Adventure Works Cycles e-commerce site. Based on this market basket model, you might recommend products to customers.
Sequence clustering model, to analyze the order in which customers buy products. Based on this model, you can plan changes in Web site design or new product offerings.
This tutorial teaches you how to create and work with several types of data mining algorithms. This tutorial also introduces the following concepts:
Using nested tables to build models
Choosing a nested table key, time series key, or sequence key
Filtering nested tables when creating models or making predictions
Determining whether you have enough data to support a model
Creating a general model and applying it to multiple data sets
This tutorial is divided into the following lessons:
Make sure that the following are installed:
Microsoft SQL Server 2008
Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services
SQL Server with the AdventureWorks DW2008 database.
By default, the sample databases are not installed, to enhance security. To install the official databases for Microsoft SQL Server, visit the Microsoft SQL Sample Databases page and select AdventureWorksDW2008.
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