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Oracle Data Mining Concepts
10g Release 1 (10.1)

Part Number B10698-01
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This manual discusses the basic concepts underlying Oracle Data Mining (ODM). Details of programming with the Java and PL/SQL interfaces are presented in the Oracle Data Mining Application Developer's Guide.

Intended Audience

This manual is intended for anyone planning to write data mining programs using the Oracle Data Mining interfaces. Familiarity with Java, PL/SQL, databases, and data mining is assumed.


This manual is organized as follows:

Sample applications and detailed uses cases are provided in the Oracle Data Mining Application Developer's Guide.

Where to Find More Information

The documentation set for Oracle Data Mining is part of the Oracle10i Database Documentation Library. The ODM documentation set consists of the following documents, available online:

Last-minute information about ODM is provided in the platform-specific release notes or README files.

For detailed information about the ODM Java interface, see the ODM Javadoc documentation in the directory $ORACLE_HOME/dm/doc/jdoc (UNIX) or %ORACLE_HOME%\dm\doc\jdoc (Windows) on any system where ODM is installed.

For detailed information about the PL/SQL interface, see the Supplied PL/SQL Packages and Types Reference.

For information about the data mining process in general, independent of both industry and tool, a good source is the CRISP-DM project (Cross-Industry Standard Process for Data Mining) (

Related Manuals

For more information about the database underlying Oracle Data Mining, see:

For information about developing applications to interact with the Oracle Database, see

For information about upgrading from Oracle Data Mining release 9.0.1 or release 9.2.0, see

For information about installing Oracle Data Mining, see


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The SQL interface to Oracle9i is referred to as SQL. This interface is the Oracle9i implementation of the SQL standard ANSI X3.135-1992, ISO 9075:1992, commonly referred to as the ANSI/ISO SQL standard or SQL92.

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