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I am coming from years of SPSS. I looking at some different data mining packages to learn and use (to supplement or maybe supplant SPSS). Clementine/Data modeler will be out of my price range.
Looking at the polls- seems Rapidminer is the most frequently used in DM (other than the commercial SPSS, SAS or basic R console). Rapidminer appears to look promising from a glance.
My question is- what are the benefits of Rapidminer? What has made it so popular and used by so many? Recommendations for it, against it? What are its pros and limitations?
PS- I saw similar posts to this from back in 2009, but assumed much of that information may have changed since then.
first of all: I am biased since I am working for Rapid-I, the company behind RapidMiner. However, I wanted to share some thoughts with you and hope that they are helpful...
There are a couple of factors why so many people (of course not all) love using RapidMiner:
I tried to take the viewpoint of our community members and users here and to compile what we here often from them. I hope this helps and I would be happy to welcome you in the community of new RapidMiner users soon!
Thanks for your reply. As I said, I have played with it some- and it looks good. I have two questions for you. Any good training materials out there? Secondly, will you have a US based conference or training session soon (Budapest is a little far).
sure, I am glad to help. About the materials, Rapid-I offers
There is also a whole bunch of upcoming things:
I am sure that the documents above will explain everything necessary for getting started. The only thing you need is time to work through it ;-)
Still not enough? Well, time is money. Get in contact with Rapid-I, ask for an offer for our Support Subscriptions. Or our training courses. Or our webinars. Or... ;-)
Ok, back from marketing (sorry, could not resist...). About the US based conference / training sessions: we recently had a training in Atlanta and we are right now in the process of planning the next US based trainings. If you are interested in details, I could bring you in contact with our US representatives in order to align plans. In any case, I am sure that next US trainings will come soon already and the same holds also for a US user conference or at least a user meeting. We also have certified US-based partners who could offer a training to you. In case of any interest, just contact us at [email protected]
Hope that helps,