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Earthquake prediction through sunspots part II: common Data mining mistakes!

While I was writing the last post I was wondering how long before my followers notice the mistakes I introduced in the experiments.
Let's start the treasure hunt!
1. Don't always trust your data: often they are not homogeneous.

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A good data miner must always check his dataset! you should always ask to yourself whether the data have been produced in a congruent way.

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I love the bubble chart because it is really a nice way to plot 3D data in 2D!!

2. Sampling the data: are you sampling correctly your data?

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3. Don't rely on the good results on Training Set.
This is maybe the worst joke I played in the post :) I showed you very good results obtained with the support regression model.
The left graph shows the Training Set (in Blue the number of quakes per year, in Red the forecasting model).
The graph on the right side shows the behavior of the forecasting model over a temporal range never seen before by the system. The mean error is +/-17 quakes per year.

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Just to have a better feeling of how the regressor is good, I smoothed the data through a median filter:

4. You found out a good regressor, so the phenomena has been explained: FALSE

You could find whatever "link" between totally independent phenomena ... but this link is just a relation between input/output. nothing more, nothing less.
As you know this is not the place for theorems, but let me give you a sort of empirical rule:
"The dependency among variables is inverse proportional to the complexity of the regressor".
Cristian


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