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Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Information Systems

First Advisor

Kweku-Muata Osei-Bryson

Second Advisor

Richard Redmond


Enterprise decision making is continuously transforming in the wake of ever increasing amounts of data. Organizations are collecting massive amounts of data in their quest for knowledge nuggets in form of novel, interesting, understandable patterns that underlie these data. The search for knowledge is a multi-step process comprising of various phases including development of domain (business) understanding, data understanding, data preparation, modeling, evaluation and ultimately, the deployment of the discovered knowledge. These phases are represented in form of Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDDM) Process Models that are meant to provide explicit support towards execution of the complex and iterative knowledge discovery process. Review of existing KDDM process models reveals that they have certain limitations (fragmented design, only a checklist-type description of tasks, lack of support towards execution of tasks, especially those of the business understanding phase etc) which are likely to affect the efficiency and effectiveness with which KDDM projects are currently carried out. This dissertation addresses the various identified limitations of existing KDDM process models through an improved model (named the Integrated Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining Process Model) which presents an integrated view of the KDDM process and provides explicit support towards execution of each one of the tasks outlined in the model. We also evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency offered by the IKDDM model against CRISP-DM, a leading KDDM process model, in aiding data mining users to execute various tasks of the KDDM process. Results of statistical tests indicate that the IKDDM model outperforms the CRISP model in terms of efficiency and effectiveness; the IKDDM model also outperforms CRISP in terms of quality of the process model itself.


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Date of Submission

December 2008