Last week I also participated in the MLDM 2009, which is a biennial conference for **M**achine **L**earning and **D**ata **M**ining, organised by the same team as the ICDM series. My paper was accepted as a poster presentation and I also chaired a session on association rules, which happens to be strongly related to my diploma thesis. The conference was a bit larger than the ICDM, with around 60 scheduled talks, of which 48 took place due to dropouts. It was a bit more theoretical than the ICDM, but still really worth it since usually the data mining problems were closely motivated by real-world problems.

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