Explain Spatial Data Mining (SDM). Also explain a model of spatial data warehouse.
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• Spatial data mining refers to the extraction of knowledge, spatial relationships, or other interesting patterns not explicitly stored in spatial databases.

• Such mining demands an integration of data mining with spatial database technologies. It can be used for understanding spatial data, discovering spatial relationships and relationships between spatial and non-spatial data, constructing spatial knowledge bases, reorganizing spatial databases, and optimizing spatial queries.

• It is expected to have wide applications in geographic information systems, geo marketing, remote sensing, image database exploration, medical imaging, navigation, traffic control, environmental studies, and many other areas where spatial data are used.

• A crucial challenge to spatial data mining is the exploration of efficient spatial data mining techniques due to the huge amount of spatial data and the complexity of spatial data types and spatial access methods.

• Spatial data mining will further develop spatial statistical analysis methods and extend them for huge amounts of spatial data, with more emphasis on efficiency, scalability, cooperation with database and data warehouse systems, improved user interaction, and the discovery of new types of knowledge.

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