data mining - Business Definition
data mining - Computer Definition
Exploring and analyzing detailed business transactions. It implies "digging through tons of data" to uncover patterns and relationships contained within the business activity and history. Data mining can be done manually by slicing and dicing the data until a pattern becomes obvious. Or, it can be done with programs that analyze the data automatically. Data mining has become an important part of customer relationship management (CRM). In order to better understand customer behavior and preferences, businesses use data mining to wade through the huge amounts of information gathered via the Web. See data miner, Web mining, text mining, OLAP, DSS, EIS, data warehouse and slice and dice.
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data mining - Cultural Definition
The technique of identifying patterns and relationships within large databases through the use of advanced statistical methods.