- the process of collecting, searching through, and analyzing a large amount of data in a database, as to discover patterns or relationships: the use of data mining to detect fraud.
Origin of data mining
First recorded in 1985–90
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Examples from the Web for data mining
One shudders to think what the Gestapo might have done with just a handful of the data-mining tools currently employed by the NSA.The Gestapo Still Sets the Bar for Evil
James A. Warren
July 13, 2014
Facebook emphasizes that it replaces identifying info with numbers before sharing your particulars with data-mining marketers.You Thought You Had Privacy Before the NSA Leak? What About Facebook?
June 13, 2013
By contrast, the Obama data-mining operation was revolutionary.The GOP’s Huge, Growing Modernity Gap
June 9, 2013
- the gathering of information from pre-existing data stored in a database, such as one held by a supermarket about customers' shopping habits
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The technique of identifying patterns and relationships within large databases through the use of advanced statistical methods.
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