Analysing the Academic Performance of Students Using Unsupervised Data Mining

  • G. Ciubotariu Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  • L.M. Crivei Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania


Educational Data Mining is an attractive interdisciplinary domain in which the main goal is to apply data mining techniques in educational environments in order to offer better insights into the educational related tasks. This paper analyses the relevance of two unsupervised learning models, self-organizing maps and relational association rule mining in the context of students’ performance prediction. The experimental results obtained by applying the aforementioned unsupervised learning models on a real data set collected from Babe¸s-Bolyai University emphasize their effectiveness in mining relevant relationships and rules from educational data which may be useful for predicting the academic performance of students.


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How to Cite
CIUBOTARIU, G.; CRIVEI, L.M.. Analysing the Academic Performance of Students Using Unsupervised Data Mining. Studia Universitatis Babeș-Bolyai Informatica, [S.l.], v. 64, n. 2, p. 34-48, dec. 2019. ISSN 2065-9601. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 19 apr. 2024. doi: