ACIT4530 Data Mining at Scale: Algorithms and Systems Emneplan

Engelsk emnenavn
Data Mining at Scale: Algorithms and Systems
Master's Programme in Applied Computer and Information Technology
10 stp.


We are witnessing the era of Big data where data is generated, collected, and processed at an unprecedented scale and data-driven decisions influence many aspects of modern life.

Data mining is the process of discovering patterns in large data sets involving methods in statistics and database systems.

A large number of applications such IoT sensors generate large amounts of data streams. The necessity of data stream mining and learning from the data is increasingly becoming more prevalent and urgent.

Extracting knowledge from data sets requires not only computational power but also programming abstractions as well as analytical skills. In this course, the students will be exposed to the different approaches for data mining and stream processing such as associationrule learning, anomaly detection, data clustering, visualizations, and extracting statistical features on the fly from large data streams. In this course, the student will also be exposed to different data mining systems including the landscape of MapReduce and the ecosystem it spawned, such as Spark and its contemporaries. With a focus on data mining applications, we will study some powerful numerical linear algebra methods.

Anbefalte forkunnskaper

It is an advantage to have some experience with the following subjects:

  • Mathematical Analysis
  • Basic programming, such as scripting
  • Statistics, specifically probability theory


No formal requirements over and above the admission requirements.


The student should have the following outcomes upon completing the course:


Upon successful completion of the course, the student:

  • has a deep understanding of how data mining can be used to extract knowledge from data sets.
  • has advanced knowledge of the different data mining algorithms.
  • should be able to use data mining systems to mine data.


Upon successful completion of the course, the student:

  • can design and implement data mining algorithms
  • can deploy different data mining systems and configure them
  • can utilize a specialized library for data mining

General competence

Upon successful completion of the course, the student:

  • can analyse data mining solutions with regard to robustness and in relation to his/her intended tasks
  • can explain how data mining can be used in different applications areas such as business analytics


  • Data streaming systems
  • Data mining systems and BigData platforms
  • Data stream processing methods, such as, but not limited to, anomaly detection, clustering, association rule learning
  • Data visualization
  • Statistical analysis on large data sets
  • Linear algebra applied on BigData
  • Using programming to implement analysis and toolchaining

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

This course is divided into two parts. The first part with focus on covering the principles of data mining and stream processing. Different seminars will be given on the different methodological aspects of data mining and stream processing as well as the programming paradigms and software tools that enable them.

The second part will focus on the students completing a programming project. The project can be chosen from a portfolio of available problems. The student will work in a group on the project and submit a final code-base with a report.

During this part, there may be lectures if needed, but most of the time will be spent on individual supervision of students in lab-sessions.

Practical training

Lab sessions.

Arbeidskrav og obligatoriske aktiviteter


Vurdering og eksamen

Group project (2-4 students) (15 000 - 17 500 words)

The exam can be appealed.


New/postponed exam

In case of failed exam or legal absence, the student may apply for a new or postponed exam. New or postponed exams are offered within a reasonable time span following the regular exam. The student is responsible for applying for a new/postponed exam within the time limits set by OsloMet. The Regulations for new or postponed examinations are available in Regulations relating to studies and examinations at OsloMet.

Hjelpemidler ved eksamen

All aids are permitted.


For the final assessment a grading scale from A to E is used, where A denotes the highest and E the lowest pass grade, and F denotes a fail.


Two internal examiners. External examiner is used periodically.


Professor Anis Yazidi