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I have been using SAS Enterprise Miner for data mining, which I like. I wondered what products others are using, including open-source and how do they compare?

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Ricardo Silva

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Rapid Miner and Knime are excellent open source alternatives.

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Louis A. Tucci, Ph.D.

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Statistica offers great depth in data mining. JMP is more limited,
but it has great graphics.



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Abhijit Dasgupta

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R has a wide variety of packages that covers the data mining algorithms included in Enterprise Miner

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Bjorn Fick

Data and Process Management: Hollard Insurance Company Limited

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Hi, three good sites to read: (very comprehensive)

In a nutshell Rapid Miner & SAS

Bjorn Fick

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David Mangen
David Mangen

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How much value do you feel Enterprise Miner adds over and above a well-equipped SAS/STAT/GRAPH/IML/OR installation?

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Mike Pearmain

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+1 for R proposed from Abhijit

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Ralph Winters
Ralph Winters

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Agree that SAS EM is a good product. However one product that seems to be neglected in these kind of threads is the Oracle Data Mining platform, which enables data mining directly within the database, without requiring an external connection or extract, which improves performance and scalability. In addition to excellent OLAP capabilities, it also offers typical DM algorithms such as Native Bayes, regression, Kmeans clustering, and tight integration with Java API's.

-Ralph Winters

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Michael Wexler

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I think you will find most enterprise databases including analytic capabilities. Besides ODM, MS SQL Server also has data mining and scoring built in. Asterdata and other new entries are building in capabilities as well. In the open source DB world, many like how PostgreSQL has the ability to embed R and other languages.

But another option is the new world of cloud-based mining systems, like Zementis ( ) or Data Applied ( ). I suspect by this time next year, we'd have a list of 20 web-based SAAS approaches that we like as this field rapidly grows...

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Michael Kemery
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Weka is pretty good, although I'd use the rWeka library.

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Vincent Granville
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I've designed my own tools (hidden decision trees) for scoring purposes, and they will soon be available online and able to process "on the fly" data sets that are too large for R to handle. It will be available via an API / SaaS.


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Hi, Ralf:
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