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Mastering SQL Server 2014 Data Mining by Debarchan Sarkar, Amarpreet Singh Bassan

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Chapter 1. Identifying, Staging, and Understanding Data

We will begin our discussion with an introduction to the data mining life cycle, and this chapter will focus on its first three stages. You are expected to have a basic understanding of the Microsoft Business Intelligence stack and familiarity of terms such as extract, transform, and load (ETL), data warehouse, and so on. This chapter builds on this basic understanding.

We will cover the following topics in this chapter:

  • Data mining life cycle
  • Identifying the goal
  • Staging data
  • Understanding and cleansing data

Data mining life cycle

Before going into further detail, it is important to understand the various stages of the data mining life cycle. The data mining life cycle can be broadly classified ...

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