Data mining methods for classification and regression are becoming increasingly popular in various scientific fields. However, these methods have not been explored much in educational measurement. This module first provides a review, which should be accessible to a wide audience in education measurement, of some of these methods. The module then demonstrates using three real-data examples that these methods may lead to an improvement over traditionally used methods such as linear and logistic regression in educational measurement.
Keywords: bagging, boosting, classification and regression tree, random forests, data mining