August 11, 2006
Mining Meaning From Information
If the phrase "data mining" does not yet crop up in your daily conversations, it will soon. And if students graduating from your college or university are not familiar with it, your institution is doing something wrong.
Data mining is the use of computer algorithms to discover hidden patterns and unsuspected relationships among elements in a large data set. It arose at the intersection of artificial intelligence and statistics, and in many ways it is the technological answer to the