‘Data Mining in Excel’ is excellent introductory material to data mining methods, and specifically their implementation in Excel. The book uses XLMiner to illustrate examples, but the principles are universal. In any case a free 15 day trial of XLMiner is available.
The book was published in 2006, but the material is still very relevant. The chapters are:
2. Overview of the Data Mining Process
3. Data Exploration and Dimension Reduction
4 Evaluating Classification and Predictive Performance
5 Multiple Linear Regression
6 Three Simple Classification Methods
7 Classification and Regression Trees
8 Logistic Regression
9 Neural Nets
10 Discriminant Analysis
11 Association Rules
12 Cluster Analysis
The free pdf can be downloaded here.
The 15 day trial of XLMiner can be accessed here.