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What is Data Mining?

Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro answers:

Data Mining is the process of finding new and potentially useful knowledge from data.

A simpler definition is:

Data Mining is the art and science of finding interesting and useful patterns in data.

See a basic introductory article "From Data Mining to Knowledge Discovery in Databases", U. Fayyad, G. Piatetsky-Shapiro, and P. Smyth, AI Magazine 1996.

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