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This paper summarizes the different characteristics of web data, the basic components of web mining and its different types, and their current states of the art. The reason for considering web mining, a separate field from data mining, is explained. The limitations of some of the existing web mining methods and tools are enunciated, and the significance of soft computing (comprising fuzzy logic (FL), artificial neural networks (ANNs), genetic algorithms (GAs), and rough sets (RSs) highlighted.doi:10.1109/tnn.2002.1031947 pmid:18244512 fatcat:a2ea5nfnczgjlpwsbwe6ebt5hi