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DATA WAREHOUSING FUNDAMENTALS: A Comprehensive Guide for IT Professionals by Paulraj Ponniah

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17.4. DATA MINING APPLICATIONS

You will find a wide variety of applications benefiting from data mining. The technology encompasses a rich collection of proven techniques that cover a wide range of applications in both the commercial and noncommercial realms. In some cases, multiple techniques are used, back to back, to greater advantage. You may apply a cluster detection technique to identify clusters of customers. Then you may follow with a predictive algorithm applied to some of the identified clusters and discover the expected behavior of the customers in those clusters.

Noncommercial use of data mining is strong and pervasive in the research area. In oil exploration and research, data mining techniques discover locations suitable for drilling because of potential mineral and oil deposits. Pattern discovery and matching techniques have military applications in assisting to identify targets. Medical research is a field ripe for data mining. The technology helps researchers with discoveries of correlations between diseases and patient characteristics. Crime investigation agencies use the technology to connect criminal profiles to crimes. In astronomy and cosmology, data mining helps predict cosmic events.

The scientific community makes use of data mining to a moderate extent, but the technology has widespread applications in the commercial arena. Most of the tools target the commercial sector. Please review the following list of a few major applications of data mining in the ...

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