Database Issues in Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining


  • Chris Rainsford
  • John Roddick



database, knowledge discovery, data mining


In recent years both the number and the size of organisational databases have increased rapidly. However, although available processing power has also grown, the increase in stored data has not necessarily led to a corresponding increase in useful information and knowledge. This has led to a growing interest in the development of tools capable of harnessing the increased processing power available to better utilise the potential of stored data. The terms "Knowledge Discovery in Databases" and "Data Mining" have been adopted for a field of research dealing with the automatic discovery of knowledge implicit within databases. Data mining is useful in situations where the volume of data is either too large or too complicated for manual processing or, to a lesser extent, where human experts are unavailable to provide knowledge. The success already attained by a wide range of data mining applications has continued to prompt further investigation into alternative data mining techniques and the extension of data mining to new domains. This paper surveys, from the standpoint of the database systems community, current issues in data mining research by examining the architectural and process models adopted by knowledge discovery systems, the different types of discovered knowledge, the way knowledge discovery systems operate on different data types, various techniques for knowledge discovery and the ways in which discovered knowledge is used.


How to Cite

Rainsford, C., & Roddick, J. (1999). Database Issues in Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining. Australasian Journal of Information Systems, 6(2).