11Ants has taken WEKA machine learning technology and built a commercial product aimed at making these algorithms available to users who are not expert data miners.
JT on EDM, James Taylor, June 7, 2011
I got a chance to catch up with 11Ants Analytics recently. 11Ants Analytics is a spin-off out of the University of Waikato (the source of the WEKA project), and has commercialized technology for automating the production of predictive models. ... 11Ants has taken this machine learning technology and built a commercial product - the 11Ants Model Builder - aimed at making these algorithms available to users who are not expert data miners.
The result combines a library of 11 machine learning algorithms that are widely used (Decision Tree, Gaussian Processes, Logistic Regression, Logit Boost, Model Tree, Naive Bayes, Nearest Neighbors, PLS, Random Forest, Ridge Regression, Support Vector Machine) with a proprietary HyperLean ™ supervisory layer. This layer acts as a kind of auto pilot for building models. The Model Builder product gets deployed as four buttons in Excel - Split, Analyze, Predict and Manage - and all user interface with the application is via Excel. 11Ants Model Builder allows a user to either build actual predictive models and also determine which variables are predictive. The predictive models can predict a number (a risk score say), a category (which segment is someone in) or a propensity (how likely is something to be true).
11Ants Model Builder for Excel is the core product (for modeling with up to 1M records). It is paired with a new product (currently in Beta) called 11Ants MegaLearn designed for "Big Data" with hundreds of millions of records. This can monitor data for new records and rebuild and retune models incrementally as new data flows in. The predictive models can be deployed into 11Ants Predictor for execution. This allows the constructed models to be used to update a database with results in real time. The product is highly automated and 11Ants claim it generates effective predictions also (they have some examples from things like the KD Cup to back this up).
An evaluation version of 11Ants Model Builder can be downloaded from www.11AntsAnalytics.com