Tag Archives: Predictive Analytics

Distributed Analytics: A Primer

Can we leverage distributed computing for machine learning and predictive analytics? The question keeps surfacing in different contexts, so I thought I’d take a few minutes to write an overview of the topic. The question is important for four reasons: Source data for analytics frequently resides in distributed data platforms, such as MPP appliances or Hadoop; In many cases, the

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Analytic User Personas

Analytic users are not all the same; in most organizations, there are a number of different user “personalities”, or personas, with distinct needs.  If you develop an analytics architecture for your organization or develop analytic software to sell to others, it is important to understand these personas.  In this essay, I profile four personas: Power Analyst Data Scientist Business Analyst

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Dell Buys Statsoft

Dell announced this morning that it has acquired Statsoft, a privately held company that distributes Statistica, a suite of software for statistics and data mining.   Terms of sale were not announced. Founded by academics in 1984, Statsoft has developed a loyal following at the low end of the analytics market, where it offers a reasonably priced alternative to SAS

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2014 Predictions: Advanced Analytics

A few predictions for the coming year. (1) Apache Spark matures as the preferred platform for advanced analytics in Hadoop. Spark will achieve top-level project status in Apache by July; that milestone, together with inclusion in Cloudera CDH5, will validate the project’s rapid maturation.  Organizations will increasingly question the value of “point solutions” for Hadoop analytics versus Spark’s integrated platform

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Analytic Startups: Skytree

Skytree started out as an academic machine learning project developed at Georgia Tech’s Fastlab.  Leadership shopped the software to a number of software vendors prior to 2011 and, finding no buyers, launched as a standalone venture in 2012. In April 2013, Skytree announced Series A funding of $18 million, with backing from U.S. Venture Partners, UPS, Javelin Venture Partners and

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Apache Spark for Big Analytics (Updated for Spark Summit and Release 1.0.1)

Updated and bumped July 10, 2014. For a powerpoint version on Slideshare, go here. Introduction Apache Spark is an open source distributed computing framework for advanced analytics in Hadoop.  Originally developed as a research project at UC Berkeley’s AMPLab, the project achieved incubator status in Apache in June 2013 and top-level status in February 2014.  According to one analyst, Apache Spark is among the five

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