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Raised in Palouse, WA. Graduated from Washington State University. US Army (Counterintelligence). US Secret Service (Technical Security Division) in Fantasyland-on-the-Potomac and Los Angeles. Now living in north Idaho.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Report: Data Mining: An Overview

Data mining.

The term almost certainly causes many to think of the now-discontinued Terrorism Informatin Awareness project and the Computer-Assisted Passenger Prescreening System II (CAPPS II).

Data mining is still be examined as a viable homeland security weapon. It can unearth terrorist activities through financial analyses, link analysis, and transnational travel tracing. However, data mining only reveals facts; it does not inherently disclose the significance of the facts.

The Library of Congress, Congressional Research Service, has published Data Mining: An Overview, updated December 16, 2004.

This report explains what data mining is. It reports the limitations and uses of data mining. Most importantly, it discusses critical data mining issues including data quality, interoperability, mission creep, and privacy.


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