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Foundations of SQL Server 2008 R2 Business Intelligence, Second Edition by Guy Fouché, Lynn Langit

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Defining SSAS Data Mining

Data mining is a set of sophisticated tools and algorithms that allow analysts and end users to solve problems that would otherwise take huge amounts of manual effort or else would simply remain unsolved. You can also think of data mining as a set of tools to help you enable your end users to discover patterns and trends based on defined subsets of enterprise data. Such analysis is useful in many types of business situations, such as predicting future values and better understanding why your business got the past results that it did.

Using SSAS, you can create data-mining structures, which contain mining models. Mining models represent implementations of specific data-mining algorithms. Algorithmsare mathematical functions ...

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