Data mining is the process of finding anomalies, patterns and correlations within large data sets to predict outcomes. Using a broad range of techniques, this information can be used in a variety of processes. Applying data mining techniques to history often uncovers interesting data and trends in the archives. IT Technology Review brought this very interesting information to us in their article, “Data Mining Reveals Historical Events in Government Archive Records.”

With the new access and availability of electronic records that share government activity, historians are experiencing a revival of change, as the ability to analyze this data in ways that have never before been possible, is now at their fingertips.

The process of digging through data to discover hidden connections and predict future trends has a long history. What was old is new again, as data mining technology keeps evolving to keep pace with the limitless potential of big data and affordable computing power.

Melody K. Smith

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