Ian H. Witten

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Ian H. Witten
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Witten having received an Honorary Doctorate from the Open University in September 2017
ResidenceNew Zealand
Alma materUniversity of Essex
Scientific career
ThesisLearning to control (1976)
Notable studentsCraig Nevill-Manning

Ian H. Witten is a computer scientist at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. He is a Chartered Engineer with the Institute of Electrical Engineers in London who graduated from the University of Cambridge with a BA and MA (First Class Honours) in mathematics in 1969 and an M.Sc. in mathematics and computer science from the University of Calgary, where he was a Commonwealth Scholar, in 1970.[1] He received his Ph.D. for Learning to Control in 1976 from the University of Essex, England (Electrical Engineering Science).[1] Witten is a co-creator of the sequitur algorithm[2] and original creator of the WEKA software package for data mining.

Witten is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand[3] and a recipient of the Hector Memorial Medal which was awarded to him in 2005.[4]


  • Data Mining: Practical Machine Learning Tools and Techniques. Morgan Kaufmann. January 20, 2011. ISBN 978-0-12-374856-0.
  • Web Dragons: Inside the Myths of Search Engine Technology. Morgan Kaufmann. November 2006. ISBN 978-0-12-370609-6.

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  1. ^ a b "Ian H. Witten: Resume". Cs.waikato.ac.nz. Retrieved 2017-03-14.
  2. ^ Nevill-Manning, C.G.; Witten, I.H. (1997). "Identifying Hierarchical Structure in Sequences: A linear-time algorithm". arXiv:cs/9709102. Bibcode:1997cs........9102N.
  3. ^ "Current Fellows « Fellowship « The Academy « Our Organisation « Royal Society of New Zealand". Royalsociety.org.nz. 2014-06-20. Retrieved 2017-03-14.
  4. ^ "Awards and Prizes - Department of Computer Science : University of Waikato". Cs.waikato.ac.nz. Retrieved 2017-03-14.

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