Data mining tasks


Usually, the implementation of a model is made by a task. For instance, clustering, association rules, correlation analysis, are often used for descriptive models. While classification, regression and categorization are used for predictive models.

The data mining tasks can be classified generally into two types based on what a specific task tries to achieve. Those two categories are descriptive tasks and predictive tasks. The descriptive data mining tasks characterize the general properties of data whereas predictive data mining tasks perform inference on the available data set to predict how a new data set will behave.

There are a number of data mining tasks such as classification, prediction, time-series analysis, association, clustering, summarization etc. All these tasks are either predictive data mining tasks or descriptive data mining tasks.

A data mining system can execute one or more of the above specified tasks as part of data mining.

Predictive data mining tasks come up with a model from the available data set that is helpful in predicting unknown or future values of another data set of interest. A medical practitioner trying to diagnose a disease based on the medical test results of a patient can be considered as a predictive data mining task. Descriptive data mining tasks usually finds data describing patterns and comes up with new, significant information from the available data set. A retailer trying to identify products that are purchased together can be considered as a descriptive data mining task.

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