Data Science Basics: Data Mining vs. Statistics

As a beginner I was confused at the relationship between data mining and statistics. This is my attempt to help straighten out this connection for others who may now be in my old shoes. When I was first exposed to data mining and machine learning, I’ll admit it: I thought it was magic. Make significant predictions with accuracy? Sorcery! Curiosity, however, quickly leads you to discover that everything is above board, and sound scientific and statistical methods bear the responsibility. But this ends up leading to more questions in the short term. Machine learning. Data mining. Statistics. Data science. The concepts and terminology are overlapping and seemingly repetitive at times. While there are numerous attempts at clarifying much of this (permanently unsettled) uncertainty, this post will tackle the relationship between…


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