As I mentioned some time ago, I got a paper accepted at the ICDM 2009 conference, held in Leipzig, Germany. I really liked this small type of conference last year and it was even better this year. The organisers had scheduled 32 presentations in three days, no parallel sessions and 25 minutes of talking time for every presenting author. At least from my point of view, this conference was very useful since it wasn’t that much about the theory of data mining or machine learning, but focused instead on the practical point of view. There were lots of industry people who just had their data problems and applied data mining to it. Theory is important, but practical applications are what makes the world go round. The invited talks by Claus Weihs and Andrea Ahlemeyer-Stubbe were really good examples of theory and practice. Claus Weihs could even remember that he had seen my data mining problem before, at the IFCS 2009 in Dresden, where there were a lot more presentations than at the ICDM.
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