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data miningThe process of exploring and analysing databases to find previously unidentified patterns of data—popularly known as “hidden data”—which can be exploited for various purposes and produce new insights on outcomes, alternative treatments or effects of treatment on different populations.
1. The extraction of useful information from a database. Synonym: data mining
2. The extraction from the earth of materials with industrial value, such as coal, silver, or gold. Miners are exposed to various occupational disorders, including respiratory diseases (e.g., pneumoconiosis), allergies, and traumatic injuries.