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Data Mining

A class of analytical applications that help users search for hidden patterns in a data set. Data mining is a process of analyzing large amounts of data to identify data content relationships. Data mining is one tool used in decision support special studies. This process is also known as data surfing or knowledge discovery. Data mining tools use a variety of techniques including case-based reasoning, data visualization, fuzzy query and analysis, and neural networks. Case-based reasoning tools provide a means to find records similar to a specified record or records. These tools let the user specify the "similarity" of retrieved records. Data visualization tools let the user easily and quickly view graphical displays of information from different perspectives. For more information, please check the data mining FAQ at http://www.rpi.edu/~vanepa2/faq.html.

According to Provost and Fawcett (2013), The term data mining "sometimes refers to the whole da‐
ta mining process and sometimes to the
specific application of modeling techniques
to data in order to build models or find
other patterns/regularities."

Related Terms: data surfing, knowledge discovery

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