Data Mining Query Task

The Data Mining Query task runs prediction queries based on data mining models built in Analysis Services. The prediction query creates a prediction for new data by using mining models. For example, a prediction query can predict how many sailboats are likely to sell during the summer months or generate a list of prospective customers who are likely to buy a sailboat.

Integration Services provides tasks that perform other business intelligence operations, such as running Data Definition Language (DDL) statements and processing analytic objects.

For more information about other business intelligence tasks, click one of the following topics:

Prediction Queries

The query is a Data Mining Extensions (DMX) statement. The DMX language is an extension of the SQL language that provides support for working with mining models. For more information about how to use the DMX language, see Data Mining Extensions (DMX) Reference.

The task can query multiple mining models that are built on the same mining structure. A mining model is built using one of the data mining algorithms that Analysis Services provides. The mining structure that the Data Mining Query task references can include multiple mining models, built using different algorithms. For more information, see Mining Structures (Analysis Services - Data Mining) and Data Mining Algorithms (Analysis Services - Data Mining).

The prediction query that the Data Mining Query task runs returns a result that is a single row or a data set. A query that returns a single row is called a singleton query: for example, the query that predicts how many sailboats will be sold during the summer months returns a number. For more information about prediction queries that return a single row, see Data Mining Query Tools.

The query results are saved to tables. If a table with the name that the Data Mining Query task specifies already exists, the task can create a new table, using the same name with a number appended, or it can overwrite the table content.

If the results include nesting, the result is flattened before it is saved. Flattening a result changes a nested result set to a table. For example, flattening a nested result with a Customer column and a nested Product column adds rows to the Customer column to make a table that includes product data for each customer. For example, a customer with three different products becomes a table with three rows, repeating the customer in each row and including a different product in each row. If the FLATTENED keyword is omitted, the table contains only the Customer column and only one row per customer. For more information, see SELECT (DMX).

Configuration of the Data Mining Query Task

The Data Mining Query task requires two connections. The first connection is an Analysis Services connection manager that connects either to an instance of Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services or to an Analysis Services project that contains the mining structure and the mining model. The second connection is an OLE DB connection manager that connects to the SQL Server database that contains the table to which the task writes. For more information, see Analysis Services Connection Manager and OLE DB Connection Manager.

You can set properties through SSIS Designer or programmatically.

Note

The Data Mining Query Editor has no Expressions page. Instead, use the Properties window to access the tools for creating and managing property expressions for properties of the Data Mining Query task.

For more information about how to set these properties in SSIS Designer, click the following topic:

Programmatic Configuration of Data Mining Query Task

For more information about programmatically setting these properties, click one of the following topics:

Data Mining Query Task Editor (Mining Model Tab)

Use the Mining Model tab of the Data Mining Query Task dialog box to specify the mining structure and mining model to use.

To learn about implementing data mining in packages, see Data Mining Query Task and Data Mining Solutions.

General Options

Name
Provide a unique name for the Data Mining Query task. This name is used as the label in the task icon.

Note

Task names must be unique within a package.

Description
Type a description of the Data Mining Query task.

Mining Model Tab Options

Connection
Select an Analysis Services connection manager in the list or click New to create a new connection manager.

Related Topics: Analysis Services Connection Manager

New
Create a new Analysis Services connection manager.

Related Topics: Add Analysis Services Connection Manager Dialog Box UI Reference

Mining structure
Select a mining structure in the list.

Mining models
Select a mining model built on the selected mining structure.

Data Mining Query Task Editor (Query Tab)

Use the Query tab of the Data Mining Query Task dialog box to create prediction queries based on a mining model. In this dialog box you can also bind parameters and result sets to variables.

To learn about implementing data mining in packages, see Data Mining Query Task and Data Mining Solutions.

General Options

Name
Provide a unique name for the Data Mining Query task. This name is used as the label in the task icon.

Note

Task names must be unique within a package.

Description
Type a description of the Data Mining Query task.

Build Query Tab Options

Data mining query
Type a data mining query.

Related Topics: Data Mining Extensions (DMX) Reference

Build New Query
Create the data mining query using a graphical tool.

Related Topics: Data Mining Query

Parameter Mapping Tab Options

Parameter Name
Optionally, update the parameter name. Map the parameter to a variable by selecting a variable in the Variable Name list.

Variable Name
Select a variable in the list to map it to the parameter.

Add
Add to a parameter to the list.

Remove
Select a parameter, and then click Remove.

Result Set Tab Options

Result Name
Optionally, update the result set name. Map the result to a variable by selecting a variable in the Variable Name list.

After you have added a result by clicking Add, provide a unique name for the result.

Variable Name
Select a variable in the list to map it to the result set.

Result Type
Indicate whether to return a single row or a full result set.

Add
Add a result set to the list.

Remove
Select a result, and then click Remove.

Data Mining Query Task Editor (Output Tab)

Use the Output tab of the Data Mining Query Task Editor dialog box to specify the destination of the prediction query.

To learn about implementing data mining in packages, see Data Mining Query Task and Data Mining Solutions.

General Options

Name
Provide a unique name for the Data Mining Query task. This name is used as the label in the task icon.

Note

Task names must be unique within a package.

Description
Type a description of the Data Mining Query task.

Output Tab Options

Connection
Select a connection manager in the list or click New to create a new connection manager.

New
Create a new connection manager. Only the ADO.NET and OLE DB connection manager types can be used.

Output table
Specify the table to which the prediction query writes its results.

Drop and re-create the output table
Indicate whether the prediction query should overwrite content in the destination table by dropping and then re-creating the table.