Where pattern recognition fits

Most pattern-recognition applications often operate in conjunction with existing data repositories and content management systems to add structure to unstructured data, such as e-mail messages and field intelligence reports. This work is analogous to Web search engines that provide links to relevant documents housed in servers that may be scattered worldwide.

Back-end data repositories associated with pattern-recognition applications can aggregate information from many sources to make the data appear to end users as if it comes from a single source.

Some pattern-recognition programs create repositories of metadata, which essentially is data about data. By classifying incoming information this way, pattern-recognition software can create indexes of subjects in a first step to finding trends and hidden associations in the information. From there, the systems can feed information to user interfaces, such as Web portals or custom-written analytical programs.

In the future, pattern-recognition applications will rely more heavily on distributed processing architectures and high-speed network connections to accommodate massive amounts of data, including large video files. User interfaces dominated by visual-based navigation systems rather than text-based ones will help security analysts more quickly sort through this growing glut of information.

About the Author

Alan Joch is a freelance writer based in New Hampshire.

Featured

  • IT Modernization
    shutterstock image By enzozo; photo ID: 319763930

    OMB provides key guidance for TMF proposals amid surge in submissions

    Deputy Federal CIO Maria Roat details what makes for a winning Technology Modernization Fund proposal as agencies continue to submit major IT projects for potential funding.

  • gears and money (zaozaa19/Shutterstock.com)

    Worries from a Democrat about the Biden administration and federal procurement

    Steve Kelman is concerned that the push for more spending with small disadvantaged businesses will detract from the goal of getting the best deal for agencies and taxpayers.

Stay Connected