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Exploring the Concept
Let’s take a look at some facts about data mining and its philosophies.
Although it has a long history, the term ‘data mining’ finds its first mentions in the 1990s. In 1989, Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro held a workshop on ‘Knowledge discovery in databases’, and with that, coined the term. Essentially, data mining is the process of discovering patterns in large data sets making use of methods pertaining to all three of machine learning, statistics, and database systems. The goal of data mining is to extract patterns and knowledge from colossal amounts of data, not to extract data itself. This makes it a misnomer.
The Knowledge Discovery in Databases (KDD) process defines the stages of selection, pre-processing, transformation, data mining, and interpretation/evaluation.