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Foundations of SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence by Lynn Langit

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Chapter 11. Introduction to Data Mining

In this chapter, we'll explore the incredibly powerful tools included with SSAS for use in data mining solutions. You can begin by thinking of data mining as a terrific "value add" to your BI solution. Although SSAS 2000 included two data mining algorithms, very few of my clients actually implemented them because deep knowledge about data mining algorithms had not been a typical attribute of SQL Server professionals, and that level of knowledge was necessary to implement data mining using SSAS 2000. As with SSAS OLAP cubes in this 2005 release, Microsoft has made a concerted effort to improve the usability of data mining in SSAS 2005, in part by including a large number of easy-to-use wizards. These wizards ...

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