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This entry is from Winter semester 2022/23 and might be obsolete. No current equivalent could be found.

CS 591 — Knowledge Discovery
(dt. Knowledge Discovery)

Level, degree of commitment Advanced module, depends on importing study program
Forms of teaching and learning,
Lecture (4 SWS), recitation class (2 SWS),
270 hours (90 h attendance, 180 h private study)
Credit points,
formal requirements
9 CP
Course requirement(s): Successful completion of at least 50 percent of the points from the weekly exercises as well as at least 2 presentations of the tasks.
Examination type: Oral examination
The grading is done with 0 to 15 points according to the examination regulations for the degree program B.Sc. Computer Science.
Subject, Origin Computer Science, B.Sc. Computer Science
One semester,
each winter semester
Person in charge of the module's outline Prof. Dr. Alfred Ultsch


To discover new, useful and for human experts understandable knowledge in data collections is a frequent task in research and application. It requires knowledge in statistics but also in methods of artificial intelligence (machine learning, expert systems, knowledge acquisition and processing). In particular, data-bionic methods borrowed from nature, such as neural networks, swarm systems and emergent self-organizing systems. The knowledge gained should be understandable for people as well as algorithmically usable in expert systems. The lecture conveys the knowledge from the mentioned fields necessary for such a knowledge discovery from databases.

Qualification Goals

The students shall

  • learn scientific procedures for the investigation of data collections with the aim of discovering new and hitherto unknown knowledge,
  • explorative statistical methods for the description and analysis of data, methods of visualization and projection of high-dimensional, different methods for clustering data and their peculiarities, methods of machine learning for the construction of classifiers, types of knowledge and expert systems,
  • acquire knowledge of natural analog methods of knowledge discovery (neural networks, swarm systems, emergent self-organization),
  • practice scientific working methods (recognizing, formulating, solving problems, training the ability to abstract),
  • practice oral communication skills in the exercises by practicing free speech in front of an audience.


None. The competences taught in the following modules are recommended: Object-oriented Programming, either Algorithms and Data Structures or Practical Informatics II: Data Structures and Algorithms for Pre-Service-Teachers, System Software and Computer Communication.

Recommended Reading

  • D. Hand, H. Mannila, P. Smyth: Principles of Data Mining. MIT Press, 2001; T. Hastie , R. Tibshirani , J. H. Friedman: The Elements of Statistical Learning, Springer, 2001; R. O. Duda, P. E. Hart, D.G. Stork: Pattern Classification, John Wiley, 2001

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