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Posted: 25 Jan 2009 at 02:30 | IP Logged Quote ysjd.patel

Which of the following is a critical success factor in data mining a large data store?

a.   Pattern recognition.

b.   Effective search engines.

c.   Image processing systems.

c.   Image processing systems.

Choice "a" is correct.  Data mining can be defined as the extraction of implicit, previously unknown, and potentially useful information from data.  It is usually associated with an organization's need to identify trends.  Data mining involves the process of analyzing the data to show patterns or relationships in that data.  Thus, pattern recognition, or the ability of the data mining software to recognize the patterns (or trends), is the critical success factor for data mining (at least in the opinion of the examiners).

Choice "b" is incorrect, per the examiners.  An effective search engine is a critical success factor in data mining especially when the data store (a nice techie word meaning the database) is really large (and it is in this question).  Unless the search engine is effective, the data mining process might take a very, very long time, but it should eventually provide results.  That may be the reason why the examiners did not think that this answer was correct.  Not all of the questions on the CPA exam are good.  The question asks for "a" critical success factor, not "the" critical success factor.  In our opinion, both choice "a" and choice "b" should be correct.

 An effective search engine is a critical success factor in data mining especially when the data store is large....can anyone explain how?
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