I have watched Rapid Miner for quite some years including the R -extension, interview with founders , one of the first marketplace for algorithms (or extensions to its statistical software) and use in sports analytics has been much in the news lately.
They got funded, revamped the website , changed the name from Rapid-I to Rapid Miner and are now announcing version 6 of their flagship software soon.
A well-kept secret of the Analytics/Data Mining world may get some of the spotlight now, with a cool $5M in its pocket.
a successful $5M Series A funding round, with participation from European firms Earlybird Venture Capital and Open Ocean Capital (the latter firm having a strong pedigree from the team behind the MySQL relational database).
It has easily been the first open source statistical tool with Visual Programming ( something R is still yet to have despite efforts by RedR, Analytic Flow et al) and more importantly has a huge stack of enterprise clients.
RapidMiner 6 will have brand-new templates for churn reduction, sentiment analysis, predictive maintenance and direct marketing. A data analysis toolbox has never been more user-friendly or more powerful.
But best of all- they get a much easier training academy in place, and I am personally going to finally master it ( even though I have played a bit with it before
I do hope they make a MOOC (since the software is open source and free to download – how about some very easy to do self learning online tutorials)!
Introduction to Data Mining and Predictive Analytics with RapidMiner Studio and Server, December 3rd and 4th.
This course is a two-day introduction to the foundations of data mining, business analytics, and RapidMiner software. Participants will gain a complete understanding of how RapidMiner Studio and RapidMiner Server work and are used.
This course is the perfect preparation for the Image Mining training course.
Foundations of image processing, analysis and mining with the “Multimedia Mining-Image” (MUMI-Image) extension, December 5th and 6th.
This course is a two-day training on the foundations of image processing, analysis and mining with the “Multimedia Mining – Image” (MUMI-Image) extension for RapidMiner. After this training course, participants will have a complete understanding of how image mining analysis can be performed within RapidMiner Studio and Server, combining image processing techniques with the available data mining methods and data processing capabilities. Practical exercises ensure that the participants will be able to perform their own image analysis at the end of the class.
Blogger Disclosure- Rapid Miner has been a sponsor of Decisionstats.com for several years . I also like the software a lot!)