Saturday, July 10, 2010

Data Mining Project


One of the things that I always wanted to do was to build a data mining tool. When I worked at Chase Manhattan Bank, one of the tools that they asked me to look at was called 'Business Objects'. It was a tool that allowed people to set up a view of a database schema and do queries and reporting, etc.

What 'Business Objects' lacked, however, was a lot of different analysis functions. For example, one of the projects that I worked on at Chase was a project where they got all of their 'Value at Risk', or the exposure they had from different securities they held, under one database. This was the reason they wanted me to look at Business Objects, was to see if it would be a good tool to do their own reporting on, edit price data with, and see if there were any gaps in data, and possibly fix them. BO ('Business Objects'), didn't have a lot of analysis functions, however.

So I started working on one. So far, I haven't gotten very far with it. I'm using a language called C#, which so far is very nice to program with. In the past I've done a lot of Java development, and C# is pretty close to Java. There are some interesting differences, however, that place it more like C or C++.

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