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Analytic Syntax


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See Also:

"Analytic Functions" for information on the syntax, semantics, and restrictions of mining_analytic_clause


PREDICTION_SET returns a set of predictions with either probabilities or costs for each row in the selection. The return value is a varray of objects with field names PREDICTION_ID and PROBABILITY or COST. The prediction identifier is an Oracle NUMBER; the probability and cost fields are BINARY_DOUBLE.

PREDICTION_SET can perform classification or anomaly detection. For classification, the return value refers to a predicted target class. For anomaly detection, the return value refers to a classification of 1 (for typical rows) or 0 (for anomalous rows).

bestN and cutoff

You can specify bestN and cutoff to limit the number of predictions returned by the function. By default, both bestN and cutoff are null and all predictions are returned.

  • bestN is the N predictions that are either the most probable or the least costly. If multiple predictions share the Nth probability or cost, then the function chooses one of them.

  • cutoff is a value threshold. Only predictions with probability greater than or equal to cutoff, or with cost less than or equal to cutoff, are returned. To filter by cutoff only, specify NULL for bestN. If the function uses a cost_matrix_clause with COST MODEL AUTO, then cutoff is ignored.

You can specify bestN with cutoff to return up to the N most probable predictions that are greater than or equal to cutoff. If costs are used, specify bestN with cutoff to return up to the N least costly predictions that are less than or equal to cutoff.


You can specify cost_matrix_clause as a biasing factor for minimizing the most harmful kinds of misclassifications. cost_matrix_clause behaves as described for "PREDICTION_COST".

Syntax Choice

PREDICTION_SET can score the data in one of two ways: It can apply a mining model object to the data, or it can dynamically mine the data by executing an analytic clause that builds and applies one or more transient mining models. Choose Syntax or Analytic Syntax:

  • Syntax — Use the first syntax to score the data with a pre-defined model. Supply the name of a model that performs classification or anomaly detection.

  • Analytic Syntax — Use the analytic syntax to score the data without a pre-defined model. The analytic syntax uses mining_analytic_clause, which specifies if the data should be partitioned for multiple model builds. The mining_analytic_clause supports a query_partition_clause and an order_by_clause. (See "analytic_clause::=".)

    • For classification, specify FOR expr, where expr is an expression that identifies a target column that has a character data type.

    • For anomaly detection, specify the keywords OF ANOMALY.


mining_attribute_clause identifies the column attributes to use as predictors for scoring. When the function is invoked with the analytic syntax, these predictors are also used for building the transient models. The mining_attribute_clause behaves as described for the PREDICTION function. (See "mining_attribute_clause::=".)

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About the Example:

The following example is excerpted from the Data Mining sample programs. For more information about the sample programs, see Appendix A in Oracle Data Mining User's Guide.


This example lists the probability and cost that customers with ID less than 100006 will use an affinity card. This example has a binary target, but such a query is also useful for multiclass classification such as low, medium, and high.

SELECT T.cust_id, S.prediction, S.probability, S.cost
  FROM (SELECT cust_id,
               PREDICTION_SET(dt_sh_clas_sample COST MODEL USING *) pset
          FROM mining_data_apply_v
         WHERE cust_id < 100006) T,
       TABLE(T.pset) S
ORDER BY cust_id, S.prediction;
---------- ---------- ------------ ------------
    100001          0   .966183575   .270531401
    100001          1   .033816425   .966183575
    100002          0   .740384615  2.076923077
    100002          1   .259615385   .740384615
    100003          0   .909090909   .727272727
    100003          1   .090909091   .909090909
    100004          0   .909090909   .727272727
    100004          1   .090909091   .909090909
    100005          0   .272357724  5.821138211
    100005          1   .727642276   .272357724