Spatio-Temporal Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery: Issues Overview

  • Roy Ladner
  • Frederick Petry
Part of the The Springer International Series in Engineering and Computer Science book series (SECS, volume 699)


Data mining or knowledge discovery refers to a variety of techniques having the intent of uncovering useful patterns and associations from large databases. The initial steps of data mining are concerned with preparation of data, including data cleaning intended to resolve errors and missing data and integration of data from multiple heterogeneous sources. Next are the steps needed to prepare for actual data mining including the selection of the specific data relevant to the task and the transformation of this data into a format required by the data mining approach. Finally, specific data mining algorithms such as class description, association rules and classification clustering are applied. There are specific characteristics of spatial and temporal data, as found in GIS and multi-media data, that make knowledge discovery in this domain more complex than in mining ordinary data such as found in typical business sales applications. Here we provide a survey of work in spatio-temporal data mining emphasizing the special characteristics. An overview is given of different sources and types of geospatial, oceanographie and meteorological data and the associated issues inherent in their use in knowledge discovery.

Key words

Data Mining spatio-temporal data data preparation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roy Ladner
    • 1
  • Frederick Petry
    • 1
  1. 1.Naval Research LaboratoryStennis Space CenterUSA

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