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The application of data mining techniques to characterize agricultural soil profiles

Armstrong, L., Diepeveen, D. and Maddern, R. (2007) The application of data mining techniques to characterize agricultural soil profiles. In: 6th Australasian Data Mining Conference (AusDM 2007), 3 - 4 December 2007, Gold Coast, QLD pp. 85-100.

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The advances in computing and information storage have provided vast amounts of data. The challenge has been to extract knowledge from this raw data; this has lead to new methods and techniques such as data mining that can bridge the knowledge gap. This research aimed to assess these new data mining techniques and apply them to a soil science database to establish if meaningful relationships can be found. A large data set extracted from the WA Department of Agriculture and Food (AGRIC) soils database has been used to conduct this research. The database contains measurements of soil profile data from various locations throughout the south west agricultural region of Western Australia. The research establishes whether meaningful relationships can be found in the soil profile data at different locations. In addition, comparison was made between current data mining techniques such as cluster analysis and statistical methods to establish the most effective technique. The outcome of the research may have many benefits, to agriculture, soil management and environmental.

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