What is Web Mining?
Web mining is the use of data mining techniques to automatically extract knowledge from Web content, structure and services.
As the time passes by, people are seeing more and more research activities in various fields including medicine, pure science, technology and so on. Web and its usage continues to grow, so grows the opportunity to analyze Web data and extract all manner of useful knowledge from it. In order to solve this problem we emphasize on extracting meaningful information from the web through web mining techniques that helps understanding the region wise trends in research domain activities. Web mining – i.e. the application of data mining techniques to extract knowledge from Web content, structure and services. It has become critical for effective website management, network traffic flow analysis. With huge amount of data available online, the www is a fertile area for research and is at its cross road.
The World Wide Web is a popular and interactive medium to disseminate information today. The web is huge, diverse, dynamic, widely distributed global information service center. Web mining is the application of data mining techniques to extract knowledge from Web data, where at least one of structure (hyperlink) or usage (Web log) data is used in the mining process (with or without other types of Web data). There is a purpose to adding the extra clause about structure and usage data. The reason being that mining Web content by itself is no different than general data mining, since it makes no difference whether the content was obtained from the Web, a database, system or through any other means. Web content can be variegated, containing text and hypertext, image, audio, video, records, etc. The attention paid to Web mining, in research, software industry, and Web-based organizations, has led to the accumulation of a lot of experiences. It is our attempt in this paper to capture them in a systematic manner, and identify directions for future research. One way to think about work in Web shown in Fig 1.1 mining is as Web servers record and accumulate data about user interactions whenever requests for re-sources are received. Analyzing the Web access logs can help understand the user behavior and the web structure.