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BigML: Big Data Analytics for the Masses


BigML, created by experts in machine learning and recommendation systems, offers a SaaS-based machine learning platform for everyday business users. BigML algorithms produce interactive decision trees, which it says are an intuitive way to analyze data. Free trial.



By Jeff Bertolucci InformationWeek, May 28, 2013

BigMLBigML, a Corvallis, Ore.-based startup offers a SaaS-based machine learning platform that allows everyday business users to create actionable predictive models within minutes.

BigML opened for business in October 2012 and currently has 3,500 registered users, approximately half of whom have created models. More than 20% of those users have uploaded their own data sources, the company says.

BigML was created by experts in machine learning and recommendation systems, says Andrew Shikiar, the company's VP of corporate development. Francisco Martin, BigML's founder, previously started Strands, a technology recommendation provider.

Of course, BigML isn't the only company offering a cloud-based advanced analytic platform. Competitors include Precog, Alteryx, and SkyTree.

BigML's underlying algorithms produce interactive decision trees.

The service is free to try. To get started, you upload data (e.g., an Excel spreadsheet) to BigML's website and create a data set. BigML's interface has several easy-to-use tools such as "one-click" buttons for creating data sets and predictive models.

After creating a model, you can download it for local usage, or share and/or sell it in BigML's public gallery.

"There's a big social component to what we're doing, which is the ability to share your model. I can make [a model] available to anybody to use or buy through the gallery on our website," said Shikiar.

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