Data Mining

"Data mining" is the general process of finding patterns in or fitting models to data. The distinction between data mining and machine learning is a tenuous one at best; "data mining" is the term that tends to be used more by the database community. Because the term is used by a different set of researchers, however, there are a few differences in emphasis. In particular, data mining often focuses on handling datasets that would be too large for conventional machine learning implementations to handle.

Data mining is considered a subprocess of "Knowledge Discovery in Databases" ("KDD"), which includes data warehousing, preprocessing, interpreting and storing the result of data mining, and so forth.

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