Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 


Weka’s Winning Ways

Media Release
Public Relations and Marketing Office

Weka’s Winning Ways

Waikato University’s Computer Science Machine Learning Group has won the 2005 SIGKDD Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery Service Award for their landmark product Weka.

The award is the highest service prize in the field of data mining and knowledge discovery. It is given to an individual or group who has performed significant service to the data mining and knowledge discovery field, including professional volunteer services in disseminating technical information to the field, education, and research funding.

The group was recognised for their development of the freely-available Weka Data Mining Software, and the accompanying book Data Mining: Practical Machine Learning Tools and Techniques (now in second edition), which has become one of the most popular textbooks for data mining and machine learning. It is frequently cited in scientific publications.

This is the second year in a row that the Computer Science Department has received an international honour after its Digital Library Group won the biennial IFIP Namur award in 2004.

Spokesperson Professor Ian Witten says that to win two international awards in successive years, in very different areas, is quite a coup for the Computer Science Department.

“The team has put a tremendous amount of effort into continuously developing and maintaining the system,” he says. “The Weka Data Mining Software has been downloaded 200,000 times since it was put on SourceForge in April 2000. It is currently downloaded at a rate of 10,000/month. The Weka mailing list has over 1100 subscribers in 50 countries, including subscribers from many major companies.”

Professor Witten says that there are 15 well-documented substantial projects that incorporate, wrap or extend Weka, and no doubt many more that have not been reported on Sourceforge.

The award, a plaque and $2,500, is to be presented at the 11th ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining being held in Chicago on August 21st.

The development of Weka was funded by a grant from the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology.

Ends

SIGKDD (Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining)
WEKA (Waikato Environment for Knowledge Analysis)

Further background information can be found at:

http://www.kdnuggets.com/news/2005/n13/2i.html

http://www.scms.waikato.ac.nz/genquery.php?linklist=SCMS&linktype=folder&linkname=All_Projects


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Constructing Consent: Annual Housing Consents Highest In Over A Decade

More than 29,000 new homes gained building consent in the year to June 2016, up 16 percent from the previous June year, Statistics New Zealand said today. More>>

ALSO:

OceanaGold: Man Killed In Waihi Mine Accident

A 29-year-old man had died following a work place accident at OceanaGold mine, Waihi last night. The man was killed after the front end loader he was in rolled down a slope. The accident happened at approximately 6.30pm on Thursday night. More>>

ALSO:

Wood Producers: Crisis In New Zealand Log Supply

New Zealand wood processing leaders held a hui with senior government officials and political leaders in Whangarei yesterday to assess the acute log supply shortage to local mills in Northland. More>>

Consents And Taxes: Trustpower 'Very Disappointed' With Judgement

Trustpower is "very disappointed" with a Supreme Court ruling dismissing its bid to claim tax deductions on $17.7 million of project costs in a case closely watched by large-scale infrastructure developers. More>>

ALSO:

Fruitful Endeavours: Kiwifruit Exports Reach Record Levels

In June 2016, kiwifruit exports rose $105 million (47 percent) from June 2015 to reach $331 million, Statistics New Zealand said today. Overall, goods exports rose $109 million (2.6 percent) in June 2016 (to $4.3 billion). More>>

ALSO:

Economic Update: RBNZ Says Rate Cut Seems Likely

The Reserve Bank will likely cut interest rates further as a persistently strong kiwi dollar makes it difficult for the bank to meet its inflation target, it said. The local currency fell. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sci-Tech
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news