Explanatory Data Analysis

Useful insights from data

Dr. Matthijs van Leeuwen, group leader
Dr. Matthijs van Leeuwen
Group leader
Assistant professor

The EDA group at LIACS, headed by dr. Matthijs van Leeuwen, develops algorithms and tools that enable users to explain what is in their data by finding interpretable patterns and models.

Whether data analysis is exploratory or predictive, it is more useful if the methods are explainable and the results interpretable: explanatory data analysis. Our main focus is on data exploration, as people are often interested in discovering novel and unexpected patterns, but we also investigate prediction that is both accurate and transparent. More technically, our research builds on the state of the art in information theoretic data mining, statistical pattern mining, and interactive data exploration and analytics.

Apart from fundamental data mining research, we collaborate on multidisciplinary data science projects to demonstrate the impact of our research on society. Examples include the Leiden Data Science Research Programme on scientific data, and the SAPPAO project on airline data.

News and updates

Visiting postdoc

4 September 2017

Sepinoud Azimi is visiting the EDA group for one month. Welcome!

New Master course

31 August 2017

Coming up: new course on Information Theoretic Data Mining. Enroll now!

Bachelor presentations

31 August 2017

Jody Liu, Kevin Oost, and Sinan Zaeem have recently successfully defended their bachelor theses. Congratulations!

EDA website

31 August 2017

The Explanatory Data Analysis group now has a brand-new website. Comments and suggestions welcome!

EDA is part of

Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science

Leiden Centre of Data Science

Leiden University
Leiden, the Netherlands