data mining


Definition of data mining

: the practice of searching through large amounts of computerized data to find useful patterns or trends

Examples of data mining in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These days, with the power of data mining on the Internet, sealing a record may not shut the books on one’s past. cleveland, "Ohio lawmakers pass one criminal justice measure, but a second, broader bill appears to be dead," 18 Dec. 2020 The ever increasing tyranny and hubris of our tech overlords demands that someone lead the fight against data mining, and for the protection of free speech online. Alexis Benveniste, CNN, "Meet Rebekah Mercer, the deep-pocketed co-founder of Parler, a controversial conservative social network," 15 Nov. 2020 Palantir, the government-friendly data mining firm, opened at $10 a share, giving it an amazing $22 billion valuation. David Meyer, Fortune, "Jane Fraser’s priorities as incoming Citi CEO," 1 Oct. 2020 Shares of data-mining company Palantir rose 30% as the data mining company made its public market debut on Wednesday in a direct listing on the New York Stock Exchange. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Palantir shares jump 30% in stock market debut," 30 Sep. 2020 The move follows growing caution amongst users in the U.S. about data mining and privacy concerns from the apps. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Is TikTok Really Getting Banned? Here's What You Need to Know," 18 Sep. 2020 Regardless of your point of view, that type of data mining is not supposed to happen to our children. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Marketers are gathering data on your kids from the apps they use, study finds," 8 Sep. 2020 These days, tracking and data mining extends way beyond a single browser and a single device. David Nield, Wired, "Incognito Mode May Not Work the Way You Think It Does," 2 Aug. 2020 Tynski had no way to know, but the timing of her small data mining experiment coincided with what some experts say is the biggest protest movement in US history. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "A Plan to Make Police Data Open Source Started on Reddit," 7 July 2020

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First Known Use of data mining

1968, in the meaning defined above

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“Data mining.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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