For the sixth year in a row, world-renowned data mining visionaries will share their expertise at M2003 (visit, a premier data mining and analysis conference. Hosted by SAS, this year's conference will be held at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas Nevada, October 13 and 14. The change in venue to Las Vegas – has come largely because of the conference's great success; M2002 reached capacity at more than 400 attendees.

M2003 is chaired by Terry Woodfield, statistical services specialist in the Education Division at SAS, and Jaideep Srivastava, professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota and formerly the chief data mining architect at Amazon. With eight session track topics and more than 30 speakers (Visit representing the worlds of business, government and academia, the conference promises to address the latest advances and best practices in the industry and offer something for everyone interested in the rapidly changing field of data mining.

Keynotes addresses will be delivered by Thomas Mitchell, the Fredkin Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University; Raghu Ramakrishna, an internationally recognized professor at the University of Wisconsin; Lotfi Zadeh, a distinguished professor of computer science at the University of California, Berkeley and the Director of the Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing; and Andreas Weigend, the Chief Scientist at Amazon. These thought leaders will share their views on a range of topics such as how to successfully apply data mining to help maximize ROI, anticipate resource demand, predict customer behavior and retain profitable customers.

The conference is widely regarded as the premier data mining conference in the world. "The M-series has really become the standard for knowledge transfer in data mining," explained Vice President of Education Herbert Kirk. "The event brings together some of the world's foremost authorities in data mining, creating a forum for exchanging ideas and best practices unequaled by any conference of its kind."

Immediately following the conference, M2003 will offer training courses that highlight the latest data mining technology. Participants will be able to choose one of five courses, including Decision Tree Modeling, Predictive Modeling Using Enterprise Miner Software, Survival Mining: Modeling Customer Event Histories, Text Mining Using SAS and Two-Stage Modeling with Enterprise Miner Software.

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