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Software sees structure

  August's 4/11, 2008
Software that analyzes data sets determines the most appropriate data structure to use. Data structures are forms for organizing data. They include trees, clusters and multidimensional spaces.

Analyzing large data sets usually requires figuring out the right data structure ahead of time and using software specifically designed for that data structure. The new tool learns the structure inherent in the data and applies the right data structure.

The tool could be used to study large data sets like astronomical data, genomes and Internet traffic.

Research paper:
The Discovery of Structural Form
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published online July 31, 2008

Researchers' homepages:
Charles Kemp
Joshua B. Tenenbaum

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