**Synopsis**: A practical guide to performing common data mining tasks in RapidMiner.

**Difficulty**: Intermediate

The first thing you need to know about “Data Mining for the Masses” is that, despite protestations to the contrary by author Dr. Matthew North, it’s basically an instructional text for using the popular data mining tool RapidMiner. (Spoiler alert: We’ll be discussing the installation and operation of RapidMiner later this week)

North does spend a little time at the beginning of the book covering such basics as the CRISP-DM model and data warehousing, but in general there is very little theory in the book. Instead there are excellent chapters covering the practical application of the usual suspects (k-means, linear regression, neural networks, etc.) in statistical modeling. [Read more…] about Book Review: Data Mining for the Masses