Data Mining History


Thomas Bayes's Paper


Published a paper regarding a theorem for relating current prob. to prior prob. called, the Bayes' Theorem.



Regression is one of the key tools in data mining. The goal of regression analysis is to estimate the relationships among variables.

Universal Machine


Alan Turing introduced the idea of a "Universal Machine" capable of performing computations like our modern day computers.

Decision Science, Inc.


Lawrence J. Fogel formed a new comp. called Decision Science, Inc. for apps of evolutionary programming. It was the first company applying evolutionary computation to solve real-world problems.

Sophisticated Database Management

1970 - 1979

It's possible to store and query terabytes and petabytes of data. However, extracting insights of these data warehouses of multidimensional models is very limited.

Adaptation in Natural and Artificial Systems


John Henry Holland wrote, "Adaptation in Natural and Artificial Systems", the ground breaking book on genetic algorithms.

Data Mining

1990 - 1999

The term, "data mining" started appearing in the database community. Retail companies and the financial community were using data mining to analyze data and trends to increase their customer base, predict change in interest rates, stock prices, etc.

Money Ball


Money ball, by Michael Lewis, is published and the way many major league offices do business. The Oakland Athletics used a statistical, data-driven approach to select qualities in players that were "undervalued" and cheaper to obtain. With this, they successfully assembled a team that brought them to the playoffs with 1/3 the payroll.

Present Day Data Mining


Data mining is widespread in business, engineering, science, medicine and much more. The ability to mine credit card transactions, stock market movements, national security, clinical trials are just a few.