Monday, January 14, 2008

Data Mining to Prevent Airline Crashes

It was refreshing to spot this article in the Washington Post that uses the phrase "data mining" in the same way we do rather than as a synonym for spying or otherwise violating our civil liberties.

Airline crashes are extremely rare. Rare events pose a challenge in data mining. This article points out one solution which is to model a more common event which is sometimes a precursor to the very rare event of interest.

(Click the title of this post to go to the Washington Post article.)

1 comment:

  1. Hi,

    Thanks for the link, the paper seems really interesting. I hope it will be "positive" ad for data mining :-)

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