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A Passion for Data Mining

From an early age, I had a natural passion and curiosity for learning.  I was fortunate to grow up in a home that valued learning and education.  I have had the opportunity to study many topics which touch my passion and interest.  I have been accepted to and attended some of America’s great universities and I teach at one too.

Data mining has become a personal focus as I distill not only my formal education in this area, but also my professional consulting experience across industries.  Consider that this topic was not formed when I was a graduate student in the 1990s.  This topic and its application is one of active research and active professional expansion and development.  Perhaps you have experienced struggles understanding data mining despite your own excellent education and professional experience.

Both technology and mathematics move forward, and on this blog I share my best practice tips and insights. Yes, I have been a professor of statistics at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  But I remain a student and applied researcher.  I have been professionally successful, having had data mining clients in multiple industries in the United States and around the world.  I share my data mining insights at leading conferences. I use this website to talk about my journey, new events, new technology, and new applications. 

My hope is that you need not struggle as I have.  It’s better that you hear my highlights of best practices and recommended steps.  I share data mining for people and groups and organizations who want to make an actionable decision, and that means a decision right now.   If you have a lot of data, and want to make a predictive decision about the future, then this website is for you.

If you enjoy this website, then you need to keep in more frequent contact by following my data mining blog.  The blog provides information on data mining in general, and Microsoft Data Mining in particular.  Yes, there are nuggets of value on the surface, but even deeper veins of knowledge available for people who apply resourcefulness and perseverance. I have had dozens of people (alive and dead) pour into my life, and I hope to pay forward what I know into your life.

Mark Tabladillo ("MarkTab")


For this website, data mining is the automated or semi-automated process of discovering patterns in data.  A related term is machine learning, defined for this website as the development and optimization of algorithms for automated or semi-automated pattern discovery.

The two terms are similar, and in many practical uses are identical.  The term data mining has more use among business analysts, while academic people (especially faculy who teach this topic and doctoral graduate students) prefer the term machine learning.  The focus is also somewhat different.  Data miners will look at a variety of algorithms and techniques to analyze data.  By contrast, machine learning professionals typically develop or enhance specific algorithms for general applications.  In other words, data miners focus on the data, and machine learning professionals focus on the algorithms.  To summarize, the two terms have overlap, where the variance depends on the application emphasis.

This website focuses on business intelligence applications of data mining.  The science behind the algorithms can be obtained in literature typically requiring graduate-level mathematics.

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About Mark Tabladillo Ph.D.

Mark Tabladillo Ph.D. founded Marktab.Net and MarkTab Consulting.

Mark Tabladillo started with a strong educational foundation from the world-class program in Industrial and Systems Engineering program at Georgia Institute of Technology (http://isye.gatech.edu). Mark earned a doctorate (Ph.D.), and has a primary career consulting with companies across commercial and non-profit industries in the United States and around the world. Mark also demonstrates his depth in his secondary role as graduate school professor at the accredited University of Phoenix, where doctoral candidates seek him to be their dissertation mentor.

Mark regularly presents at technical conferences, writes, and produces video to share his message. Some few clients prefer the more exclusive personal one-on-one coaching. However, Mark shares his thoughts freely for a wide professional audience on this website http://marktab.net

Mark has earned the Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD) designation for .NET, Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP), and is a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT).  He has invested in the SAS community by presenting at local, regional, and national technical conferences since 1998.  He also presents at Microsoft conferences such as SQL Saturday, SQL Rally and TechEd.

Microsoft has awarded Mark the annual MVP Award starting in July 2011.

You can find out more about Mark's consulting and training activities at http://www.marktab.com.

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