Discovering Unknown Patterns in Free Text

Discovering Unknown Patterns in Free Text

Jan H. Kroeze (University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 5
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-557-3.ch073
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Abstract

A very large percentage of business and academic data is stored in textual format. With the exception of metadata, such as author, date, title and publisher, these data are not overtly structured like the standard, mainly numerical, data in relational databases. Parallel to data mining, which finds new patterns and trends in numerical data, text mining is the process aimed at discovering unknown patterns in free text. Owing to the importance of competitive and scientific knowledge that can be exploited from these texts, “text mining has become an increasingly popular and essential theme in data mining” (Han & Kamber, 2001, p. 428).

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