Explanatory Data Analysis
Useful insights from data
Our main focus is on exploratory data analysis, often in the form of discovering novel and unexpected patterns that may give useful insights. Even when predictive modelling is the final goal, it is essential to first get a solid grasp on the data. Regardless of the analysis task, we aim for algorithms that are accurate, provide interpretable results, and can be guided by the analyst (to exploit prior knowledge).
Our research builds on the state of the art in information theoretic data mining (e.g., using the minimum description length (MDL) and maximum entropy principles), statistical pattern mining, and interactive data exploration and analytics. More broadly speaking, our research can be situated in the fields of data mining, machine learning, data science, and artificial intelligence (AI).
We mostly work on multidisciplinary data science projects, as we strongly believe that this leads to interesting, fundamental data mining problems for which the solutions we propose have the potential to positively impact society.
News and updates
23 May 2019
Congratulations to Juliëtte Meeuwsen, who successfully defended her MSc thesis! Almost at the same time, Zhe Wang has joined the EDA group as MSc student working on his thesis research project. Welcome!
Vacancy for PhD student or postdoc
23 April 2019
We have a vacancy for the research project titled Human-Guided Data Science by Interactive Model Selection, funded by a NWO TOP grant.Read more
25 February 2019
Sarang Kapoor is visiting Leiden for two weeks. Welcome!
New group member
4 February 2019
Marlo Brochard has joined the EDA group as BSc student working on his thesis research project. Welcome!