Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2018 Edition
| Editors: Ling Liu, M. Tamer Özsu

Visual Data Mining

  • Simeon J. SimoffEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_1121


Immersive data mining; VDM; Visual analysis; Visual data analysis; Visual discovery


Visual data mining (VDM) is the process of interaction and analytical reasoning with one or more visual representations of abstract data. The process may lead to the visual discovery of robust patterns in these data or provide some guidance for the application of other data mining and analytics techniques. It facilitates analysts in obtaining deeper understanding of the underlying structures in a data set. The process relies on the tight interconnectedness of tasks, selection of visual representations, the corresponding set of interactive manipulations, and respective analytical techniques. Discovered patterns form the information and knowledge utilized in decision making.

Historical Background

Visual exploration of large data sets had been used as a complementary technique to data mining in order to obtain additional information about the data set. Since the early 1990s there has...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Western SydneySydneyAustralia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Daniel A. Keim
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  1. 1.Computer Science DepartmentUniversity of KonstanzKonstanzGermany