k-Nearest Neighbors Prediction:
The k-nearest neighbors (k-NN) prediction is a method to predict a value of a target variable in a given record, using as a reference point a training set of similar objects. The basic idea is to choose k objects from the training set that are closest to the given object in terms of the predictor variables, then to form the weighted average of target variable for those k objects. The weights are usually chosen inversely proportionally to the distances from the target object.
See also: the chapter from XLMiner help, and the online short course Introduction to Data Mining.
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