named entity

A named entity is a term or phrase that identifies an object from a set of other objects with similar attributes.

In data mining, a named entity is a phrase that clearly identifies one item from a set of other items that have similar attributes. Examples of named entities are first and last names, geographic locations, ages, addresses, phone numbers, companies and addresses. Named entities are often mined for marketing initiatives. 

 

This was first published in June 2010

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