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John Elder

John Elder

Hometown: Charlottesville, VA

Current City: Charlottesville, VA

BS, Electrical Engineering; Rice University
MEE; Rice University
PhD, Systems Engineering; University of Virginia

Languages spoken: English

Teaching SAS since 2012

Professional experience:
Founder and President of Elder Research, Inc., the US's largest and oldest Data Mining Consultancy.

Courses I teach include

Data Mining: Principles and Best Practices

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Authored/coauthored works:

Handbook of Statistical Analysis and Data Mining Applications
Ensemble Methods in Data Mining: Improving Accuracy through Combining Predictions
Practical Text Mining

Notable achievements:

PROSE Awards for top books in Mathematics (2009) and Computer Science (2012)
Adjunct Professor of Systems Engineering at the University of Virginia

Invited speaker at conferences

Chair, Predictive Analytics World for Government
Chair, Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (2009)

Recommended resources:
Books: Predictive Analytics: The Power to Predict Who Will Click, Buy, Lie, or Die

What students are saying:

Dr. Elder provided examples shedding light on complex concepts. He gave the big picture all along the way.
Most valuable, were the insights into the essence of various methods, their relative strengths and weaknesses, and the important open research areas.
Very interesting, knowledgeable, and entertaining approach.

What is the best part about teaching?
Most attendees are very smart, motivated and passionate about doing great work.

Do you have any hobbies, favorite activities, or hidden talents?
I enjoy all sorts of team sports and also board games (especially strategy). I love the combination of cooperation and competition.

What is your favorite place or dream vacation destination?
Our family (of 7) is very much looking forward to visiting New Zealand for the first time

If you could share a meal with anyone dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Jesus Christ. Looking forward to it!

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