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Data Mining Test

The Data Mining Test evaluates candidates on their knowledge of data mining techniques, data preprocessing, association rule mining, classification, clustering, and data visualization using scenario-based MCQs. In addition to these key skills, the test also assesses a candidate's understanding of data warehousing, data cleaning, and big data technologies.

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Test duration:  ~ 45 mins
Difficulty level:  Moderate
Availability:  Available as custom test
Questions:
  • 7 Data Mining MCQs
  • 5 Data Modeling MCQs
  • 5 ETL MCQs
Covered skills:
Data Processing
Data Warehouse and OLAP Technology
Data Preprocessing
Mining Frequent Patterns
Data Cleaning
Data Reduction
Data Mining Process
Data Integration and Transformation
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The Data Mining Test helps recruiters and hiring managers identify qualified candidates from a pool of resumes, and helps in taking objective hiring decisions. It reduces the administrative overhead of interviewing too many candidates and saves time by filtering out unqualified candidates at the first step of the hiring process.

The test screens for the following skills that hiring managers look for in candidates:

  • Ability to extract meaningful insights from large datasets
  • Proficiency in data modeling techniques
  • Understanding of ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) processes
  • Knowledge of data processing and analysis
  • Familiarity with data warehouse and OLAP technology
  • Ability to preprocess data for mining purposes
  • Experience with mining frequent patterns in datasets
  • Ability to clean and reduce data noise
  • Understanding of the data mining process
  • Competency in data integration and transformation
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🧐 Question

Easy

Healthcare System
Data Integrity
Normalization
Referential Integrity
Solve
You are designing a data model for a healthcare system with the following requirements:
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A: A separate table for each entity with foreign keys as specified, and a DoctorPatient table linking Doctors to Patients.
B: A separate table for each entity with foreign keys as specified, without additional tables.
C: A combined PatientDoctor table replacing Patient and Doctor, and separate tables for Appointment and Prescription.
D: A separate table for each entity with foreign keys, and a PatientPrescription table to track prescriptions directly linked to patients.
E: A single table combining Patient, Doctor, Appointment, and Prescription into one.
F: A separate table for each entity with foreign keys as specified, and an AppointmentDetails table linking Appointments to Prescriptions.

Hard

ER Diagram and minimum tables
ER Diagram
Solve
Look at the given ER diagram. What do you think is the least number of tables we would need to represent M, N, P, R1 and R2?
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Medium

Normalization Process
Normalization
Database Design
Anomaly Elimination
Solve
Consider a healthcare database with a table named PatientRecords that stores patient visit information. The table has the following attributes:

- VisitID
- PatientID
- PatientName
- DoctorID
- DoctorName
- VisitDate
- Diagnosis
- Treatment
- TreatmentCost

In this table:

- Each VisitID uniquely identifies a patient's visit and is associated with one PatientID.
- PatientID is associated with exactly one PatientName.
- Each DoctorID is associated with a unique DoctorName.
- TreatmentCost is a fixed cost based on the Treatment.

Evaluating the PatientRecords table, which of the following statements most accurately describes its normalization state and the required actions for higher normalization?
A: The table is in 1NF. To achieve 2NF, remove partial dependencies by separating Patient information (PatientID, PatientName) and Doctor information (DoctorID, DoctorName) into different tables.
B: The table is in 2NF. To achieve 3NF, remove transitive dependencies by creating separate tables for Patients (PatientID, PatientName), Doctors (DoctorID, DoctorName), and Visits (VisitID, PatientID, DoctorID, VisitDate, Diagnosis, Treatment, TreatmentCost).
C: The table is in 3NF. To achieve BCNF, adjust for functional dependencies such as moving DoctorName to a separate Doctors table.
D: The table is in 1NF. To achieve 3NF, create separate tables for Patients, Doctors, and Visits, and remove TreatmentCost as it is a derived attribute.
E: The table is in 2NF. To achieve 4NF, address any multi-valued dependencies by separating Visit details and Treatment details.
F: The table is in 3NF. To achieve 4NF, remove multi-valued dependencies related to VisitID.

Medium

University Courses
ER Diagrams
Complex Relationships
Integrity Constraints
Solve
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Based on the ER diagram, which of the following statements is accurate and requires specific knowledge of the ER diagram's details?
A: A Student can major in multiple Departments.
B: An Instructor can belong to multiple Departments.
C: A Course can be offered by multiple Departments.
D: Enrollment records can link a Student to multiple Courses in a single semester.
E: Each Course must be associated with an Enrollment record.
F: A Department can offer courses without having any instructors.

Medium

Data Merging
Data Merging
Conditional Logic
Solve
A data engineer is tasked with merging and transforming data from two sources for a business analytics report. Source 1 is a SQL database 'Employee' with fields EmployeeID (int), Name (varchar), DepartmentID (int), and JoinDate (date). Source 2 is a CSV file 'Department' with fields DepartmentID (int), DepartmentName (varchar), and Budget (float). The objective is to create a summary table that lists EmployeeID, Name, DepartmentName, and YearsInCompany. The YearsInCompany should be calculated based on the JoinDate and the current date, rounded down to the nearest whole number. Consider the following initial SQL query:
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Which of the following modifications ensures accurate data transformation as per the requirements?
A: Change FLOOR to CEILING in the calculation of YearsInCompany.
B: Add WHERE e.JoinDate IS NOT NULL before the JOIN clause.
C: Replace JOIN with LEFT JOIN and use COALESCE(d.DepartmentName, 'Unknown').
D: Change the YearsInCompany calculation to YEAR(CURRENT_DATE) - YEAR(e.JoinDate).
E: Use DATEDIFF(YEAR, e.JoinDate, CURRENT_DATE) for YearsInCompany calculation.

Medium

Data Updates
Staging
Data Warehouse
Solve
Jaylo is hired as Data warehouse engineer at Affflex Inc. Jaylo is tasked with designing an ETL process for loading data from SQL server database into a large fact table. Here are the specifications of the system:
1. Orders data from SQL to be stored in fact table in the warehouse each day with prior day’s order data
2. Loading new data must take as less time as possible
3. Remove data that is more then 2 years old
4. Ensure the data loads correctly
5. Minimize record locking and impact on transaction log
Which of the following should be part of Jaylo’s ETL design?

A: Partition the destination fact table by date
B: Partition the destination fact table by customer
C: Insert new data directly into fact table
D: Delete old data directly from fact table
E: Use partition switching and staging table to load new data
F: Use partition switching and staging table to remove old data

Medium

SQL in ETL Process
SQL Code Interpretation
Data Transformation
SQL Functions
Solve
In an ETL process designed for a retail company, a complex SQL transformation is applied to the 'Sales' table. The 'Sales' table has fields SaleID, ProductID, Quantity, SaleDate, and Price. The goal is to generate a report that shows the total sales amount and average sale amount per product, aggregated monthly. The following SQL code snippet is used in the transformation step:
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What specific function does this SQL code perform in the context of the ETL process, and how does it contribute to the reporting goal?
A: The code calculates the total and average sales amount for each product annually.
B: It aggregates sales data by month and product, computing total and average sales amounts.
C: This query generates a daily breakdown of sales, both total and average, for each product.
D: The code is designed to identify the best-selling products on a monthly basis by sales amount.
E: It calculates the overall sales and average price per product, without considering the time dimension.

Medium

Trade Index
Index
Solve
Silverman Sachs is a trading firm and deals with daily trade data for various stocks. They have the following fact table in their data warehouse:
Table: Trades
Indexes: None
Columns: TradeID, TradeDate, Open, Close, High, Low, Volume
Here are three common queries that are run on the data:
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Dhavid Polomon is hired as an ETL Developer and is tasked with implementing an indexing strategy for the Trades fact table. Here are the specifications of the indexing strategy:

- All three common queries must use a columnstore index
- Minimize number of indexes
- Minimize size of indexes
Which of the following strategies should Dhavid pick:
A: Create three columnstore indexes: 
1. Containing TradeDate and Close
2. Containing TradeDate, High and Low
3. Container TradeDate and Volume
B: Create two columnstore indexes:
1. Containing TradeID, TradeDate, Volume and Close
2. Containing TradeID, TradeDate, High and Low
C: Create one columnstore index that contains TradeDate, Close, High, Low and Volume
D: Create one columnstore index that contains TradeID, Close, High, Low, Volume and Trade Date
🧐 Question🔧 Skill

Easy

Healthcare System
Data Integrity
Normalization
Referential Integrity

2 mins

Data Modeling
Solve

Hard

ER Diagram and minimum tables
ER Diagram

2 mins

Data Modeling
Solve

Medium

Normalization Process
Normalization
Database Design
Anomaly Elimination

3 mins

Data Modeling
Solve

Medium

University Courses
ER Diagrams
Complex Relationships
Integrity Constraints

2 mins

Data Modeling
Solve

Medium

Data Merging
Data Merging
Conditional Logic

2 mins

ETL
Solve

Medium

Data Updates
Staging
Data Warehouse

2 mins

ETL
Solve

Medium

SQL in ETL Process
SQL Code Interpretation
Data Transformation
SQL Functions

3 mins

ETL
Solve

Medium

Trade Index
Index

3 mins

ETL
Solve
🧐 Question🔧 Skill💪 Difficulty⌛ Time
Healthcare System
Data Integrity
Normalization
Referential Integrity
Data Modeling
Easy2 mins
Solve
ER Diagram and minimum tables
ER Diagram
Data Modeling
Hard2 mins
Solve
Normalization Process
Normalization
Database Design
Anomaly Elimination
Data Modeling
Medium3 mins
Solve
University Courses
ER Diagrams
Complex Relationships
Integrity Constraints
Data Modeling
Medium2 mins
Solve
Data Merging
Data Merging
Conditional Logic
ETL
Medium2 mins
Solve
Data Updates
Staging
Data Warehouse
ETL
Medium2 mins
Solve
SQL in ETL Process
SQL Code Interpretation
Data Transformation
SQL Functions
ETL
Medium3 mins
Solve
Trade Index
Index
ETL
Medium3 mins
Solve

Test candidates on core Data Mining Hiring Test topics

Data Preprocessing: Data preprocessing involves preparing and cleaning the data before the actual mining process takes place. It includes tasks like removing noise, handling missing values, standardizing data, and transforming variables. Measuring this skill in the test helps evaluate a candidate's ability to preprocess data effectively, ensuring the quality and reliability of the mining results.

Mining Frequent Patterns: Mining frequent patterns focuses on discovering recurring itemsets or sequences in a dataset. It involves techniques like market basket analysis and association rule mining. This skill should be measured in the test to assess a candidate's proficiency in identifying common patterns, which can be valuable for various applications such as recommendation systems and market analysis.

Data Cleaning: Data cleaning is the process of identifying and correcting or removing errors, inconsistencies, and outliers in the dataset. It includes tasks like handling duplicate records, resolving inconsistencies, and dealing with noisy or irrelevant data. Measuring this skill in the test helps evaluate a candidate's ability to ensure data integrity and reliability, which is crucial for accurate mining results.

Data Reduction: Data reduction involves techniques for reducing the size and dimensionality of the dataset without significantly losing relevant information. It aims to remove redundant or irrelevant features and transform the data into a more compact representation. Measuring this skill in the test helps evaluate a candidate's ability to optimize the data mining process by reducing computational complexity and improving efficiency.

Data Mining Process: Data mining process encompasses the systematic steps involved in extracting meaningful patterns and insights from data. It includes tasks like data exploration, model selection, pattern evaluation, and result interpretation. Measuring this skill in the test helps evaluate a candidate's understanding of the overall data mining workflow and their ability to apply appropriate techniques at each stage.

Data Integration and Transformation: Data integration and transformation involve consolidating data from various sources, resolving data conflicts, and transforming data into a unified format for analysis. It requires knowledge of data integration techniques, data mapping, and data transformation operations. Measuring this skill in the test helps evaluate a candidate's ability to effectively integrate and transform disparate data sources, ensuring consistency and accuracy in the mining process.

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  • Database Administrator
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