The age of predictive analytics : from patterns to predictions / report prepared by the Research Group of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.: IP54-75/2012E-PDF

The purpose of this research report is to develop a better understanding of the concept of predictive analytics. Predictive analytics is a general purpose analytical process that can be applied in sectors as diverse as retail to boost sales, law enforcement to predict crime, and health programs to monitor for disease outbreaks. In that regard, it is not a straightforward concept to define or describe, and the privacy implications could vary from privacy neutral to privacy invasive, depending on its application. Moreover, it is important to acknowledge that predictive analytics is a process that is closely intertwined with previously known notions of data mining; however the inferences extend beyond retrospective pattern analysis to a result that is more prospective and anticipatory.

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Publication information
Department/Agency Canada. Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.
Title The age of predictive analytics : from patterns to predictions / report prepared by the Research Group of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.
Publication type Monograph
Language [English]
Other language editions [French]
Format Electronic
Electronic document
Note(s) Issued also in French under title: L’ère de l’analyse prédictive, des tendances aux predictions.
“August 2012.”
Includes bibliographic references.
Publishing information Gatineau : Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, 2012.
Description 15 p.
Catalogue number
  • IP54-75/2012E-PDF
Subject terms Data mining
Forecasting
Privacy
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