What Is Data Mining and How Does It Work?

Part of the Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics book series (SAPERE, volume 3)


Due to recent technological developments it became possible to generate and store increasingly larger datasets. Not the amount of data, however, but the ability to interpret and analyze the data, and to base future policies and decisions on the outcome of the analysis determines the value of data. The amounts of data collected nowadays not only offer unprecedented opportunities to improve decision procedures for companies and governments, but also hold great challenges. Many pre-existing data analysis tools did not scale up to the current data sizes. From this need, the research filed of data mining emerged. In this chapter we position data mining with respect to other data analysis techniques and introduce the most important classes of techniques developed in the area: pattern mining, classification, and clustering and outlier detection. Also related, supporting techniques such as pre-processing and database coupling are discussed.


Data Mining Outlier Detection Pattern Mining Association Rule Mining Class Boundary 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Eindhoven University of TechnologyEindhovenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.eLaw, Institute for Law in the Information SocietyLeiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands

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