Symbolic Data Analysis and the SODAS Software

  • ID: 2170337
  • Book
  • 476 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Classical statistical techniques are often inadequate when it comes to analysing some of the large and internally variable datasets common today. Symbolic Data Analysis (SDA) has evolved in response to this problem and is a vital tool for summarizing information in such a way that the resulting data is of a manageable size. Symbolic data, represented by
intervals, lists, histograms, distributions, curves and the like, keeps the "internal variation" of summaries better than standard data. SDA therefore plays a key role in the interaction between statistics and data processing, and has established itself as an important tool for analysing official statistics.
Through an extension of the concepts employed in data mining, the Editors provide an advanced guide to the techniques required to analyse symbolic data. Contributions from leading experts in the field enable the reader to build models and make predictions about future events.
The book:

Provides new graphical tools for the interpretation of large data sets.

Extends standard statistics, data analysis, data mining and knowledge discovery to symbolic data.

Introduces the SODAS software, which is complementary to existing data analysis software (e.g. SAS, SPSS, SPAD) that are unable to work on symbolic data.

Induces, exports, and compares knowledge from one database to another.

Features a supporting website hosting the software, and user manual.

Symbolic Data Analysis and the SODAS Software is primarily aimed at practitioners of symbolic data analysis, such as statisticians and economists, within both the public and private sectors. There is also much of interest to postgraduate students and researchers within web mining, text mining, and bioengineering.
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ASSO Partners.


1. The state of the art in symbolic data analysis: overview and future (Edwin Diday).


2. Improved generation of symbolic objects from relational databases (Yves Lechevallier, Aicha El Golli and George Hébrail).

3. Exporting symbolic objects to databases (Donato Malerba, Floriana Esposito and Annalisa Appice).

4. A statistical metadata model for symbolic objects (Haralambos Papageorgiou and Maria Vardaki).

5. Editing symbolic data (Monique–Noirhomme–Fraiture, Paula Brito, Anne de Baenst–Vandenbroucke and Adolphe Nahimana).

6. The normal symbolic form (Marc Csernel and Francisco de A.T. de Carvalho).

7. Visualization (Monique–Noirhomme–Fraiture and Adolphe Nahimana).


8. Dissimilarity and matching (Floriana Esposito, Donato Malerba and Annalisa Appice).

9. Unsupervised divisive classification (Jean–Paul Rasson, Jean–Yves Pirçon, Pascale Lallemand and Séverine Adans).

10. Hierarchical and pyramidal clustering (Paula Brito and Francisco de A.T. de Carvalho).

11 .Clustering methods in symbolic data analysis (Francisco de A.T. de Carvalho, Yves Lechevallier and Rosanna Verde).

12. Visualizing symbolic data by Kohonen maps (Hans–Hermann Bock).

13 .Validation of clustering structure: determination of the number of clusters (André Hardy).

14. Stability measures for assessing a partition and its clusters: application to symbolic data sets (Patrice Bertrand and Ghazi Bel Mufti).

15. Principal component analysis of symbolic data described by intervals (N.Carlo Lauro, Rosanna Verde and Antonio Irpino).

16. Generalized canonical analysis (N.Carlo Lauro, Rosanna Verde and Antonio Irpino).


17. Bayesian decision trees (Jean–Paul Rasson, Pascale Lallemand and Séverine Adans).

18. Factor discriminant analysis (N.Carlo Lauro, Rosanna Verde and Antonio Irpino).

19. Symbolic linear regression methodology (Filipe Afonso, Lynne Billard, Edwin Diday and Mehdi Limam).

20. Multi–layer perceptrons and symbolic data (Fabrice Rossi and Brieuc Conan–Guez).


21. Application to the Finnish, Spanish and Portuguese data of the European Social Survey (Soile Mustjärvi and Seppo Laaksonen).

22. People s life values and trust components in Europe: symbolic data analysis for 20–22 countries (Seppo Laaksonen).

23. Symbolic analysis of the Time Use Survey in the Basque country (Marta Mas and Haritz Olaeta).

24. SODAS2 software: overview and methodology (Anne de Baenst–Vandenbroucke and Yves Lechevallier).


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Edwin Diday, Centre De Recherche en Mathématiques de la Décision, Université Paris 9, France

Edwin is a Professor of Computer Science, with 50 published papers, and 14 authored or edited books to his name. He has led international research teams in Symbolic Data Analysis, and is the founder of the field.

M. Noirhomme–Fraiture, Institute of Computer Science, University of Namur, Belgium
Monique Noirhomme–Fraiture is Professor and Head of the Unit of Applied Mathematics at the above faculty. She is involved in several HCI projects as well as having organized conferences and workshops within this field. She has contributed to 28 published papers and co–authored 2 books.

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