Chapter 2. Data Acquisition and Integration

2.1. Introduction

This chapter first provides a brief review of data sources and types of variables from the point of view of data mining. Then it presents the most common procedures of data rollup and aggregation, sampling, and partitioning.

2.2. Sources of Data

In most organizations today, data is stored in relational databases. The quality and utility of the data, as well as the amount of effort needed to transform the data to a form suitable for data mining, depends on the types of the applications the databases serve. These relational databases serve as data repositories for the following applications.

2.2.1. Operational Systems

Operational systems process the transactions that make an organization ...

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