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2018 in AI/ML

Well, 2018 is dead and gone. Time to take a look back at the year in AI/ML. A reminder that I work for DataRobot. This is my personal blog. Opinions are mine. On the Move It’s hard to believe that Amazon Web Services introduced Amazon SageMaker just a year ago, but here we are. AWS moved aggressively to enhance the

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Notes on the Forrester “Wave”

Forrester recently published the Wave™ for Predictive Analytics And Machine Learning Solutions. You can purchase a copy from Forrester for $2,495, or get a free copy here. When Forrester last delivered this analysis in 2015, they called it the Wave™ for Big Data Predictive Analytics Solutions. So, I guess that Big Data is “out” and machine learning is “in.” The chart below shows the

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Big Analytics Roundup (March 23, 2015)

This week, Spark Summit East produced a deluge of news and analysis on Apache Spark and Databricks.  Also in the news: a couple of ventures landed funding, SAP released software and SAS soft-launched something new for SAS Visual Analytics. Analytic Startups Venture Capital Dispatch on WSJ.D reports that Andreeson Horowitz has invested $7.5 million in AMPLab spinout Tachyon Nexus.  Tachyon

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Automated Predictive Modeling

A colleague asks: can we automate predictive modeling? How we answer the question depends on the context.   Consider the two variations on the question below, with more precise wording: Can we completely eliminate the need for expertise in predictive modeling — so that an “ordinary business user” can do it? Can we make expert analysts more productive by automating

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What’s Next for SAS?

First, some background. — SAS is a privately held company.  Founder and CEO Jim Goodnight owns a controlling interest. — Goodnight is 71 years old. — Goodnight’s children are not engaged in management of the business. Within the next few years, SAS faces a dual transition of management and ownership.   This should be a concern for customers and prospective

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SAP Buys KXEN

SAP announced today that it plans to acquire KXEN in a deal that will close in the fourth quarter.  No purchase price was announced.  Since one recently laid-off employee characterized the company’s prospects as “circling the toilet”, this seems like a case of bottom-feeding by SAP. KXEN has struggled to position and sell its InfiniteInsight analytic software.  The vendor’s black-boxy approach

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