Data Mining In Three Dimensions

Graphical representation of information is not new; the first graphs appeared in the late eighteenth century. More recently, Sandia National Laboratories has created a data mining and visualization software suite that is able to accept information from a variety of sources, providing three-dimensional images to help interpret results.

(From Sandia National Laboratories)

The application can scan structured documents like patent databases and scientific journals, as well as unstructured text like diverse web pages. The results help analysis discover patterns in the data. The visualization software was used to determine that New Mexico's high tech industry would do well to partner with Itochu Corporation of Japan; the resulting analysis led to an agreement between the state and Itochu.

SF fans may recall that cyberspace, from Gibson's 1984 novel Neuromancer was presented as a graphical representation of a world-wide network:

"Cyberspace... a graphical representation of data abstracted from the banks of every computer in the human system... flowered for him, fluid neon origami trick, the unfolding of his distanceless home... transparent 3D chessboard extending to infinity."

From Data Mining Goes 3D. See also Sandia's intelligence lab converts business data into 3-D images

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