Data mining algorithm selection: decision trees

The visual data mining process, seen in the first part of this two-part article, revealed patterns in four dimensions between cumulative gas well production and independent variables. "Jump discontinuities" in visual plots led to use of data mining decision trees as an ideal form of analysis useful in obtaining a profit exploration pattern from the British Columbia database.Four years of research led to a specific decision tree data mining algorithm yielding best results. Results obtained from the BC database were excellent, revealing $4.7 billion (US) in high cumulative gas production potential wellsite targets. The results indicate entering certain formations with the same characteristi...

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