Invited Presentation:

Data Mining: The Quest Perspective

Rakesh Agrawal
IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, CA 95120, U.S.A.


Data mining is the efficient discovery of previously unknown patterns in large databases, and is emerging as a major application area for databases. The Quest project on data mining at the IBM Almaden Research Center has developed technologies to discover useful patterns in huge amounts of data in a short amount of time. This software can be used to solve the following customer problems: The Quest software has been tested on several customer datasets. Several customers are actively developing various applications of Quest in retail, finance, and other industries. The software currently runs on RS/6000 workstations under AIX on flat files, DB2/CS, and DB2/MVS data bases. Parallel algorithms for finding association rules also run on IBM Power Parallel System. The software has been designed to be easily portable to other platforms and run on multiple data-repositories. In this talk, I will draw upon my Quest experience to present my perspective of data mining, describe current work, and present some open problems.
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