Data Mining for Healthcare

As the amount of stored health data increases exponentially, it’s increasingly recognized that such data can be analyzed or “mined” to uncover new and important patterns. In this section, I explore the role of data mining in identifying and revealing important patterns or trends in health data.

What Is Data Mining?

Data mining (DM) is different from OLAP that focuses on the interactive analysis of data and typically provides extensive capabilities for visualizing the data and generating summary statistics.13 Data mining is “an integral part of knowledge discovery in database (KDD), which is the overall process of converting raw data into useful information.”14 In other words, it is the process of automatically discovering ...

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