Data mining

Data mining usually refers to the automated or semi-automated systematic use of statistical and mathematical methods on a data file, with the aim of identifying new patterns within the information. Data mining is now synonymous with the entire process of so-called "knowledge discovery in databases." This process includes steps such as data pre- and post-processing, modeling, and visualization. Properly used, data mining can extract statistical patterns and can help uncover rules, laws, and not yet discovered correlations.

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