Services and tools for building intelligent R applications in the cloud

by Le Zhang (Data Scientist, Microsoft) and Graham Williams (Director of Data Science, Microsoft) As an in-memory application, R is sometimes thought to be constrained in performance or scalability for enterprise-grade applications. But by deploying R in a high-performance cloud environment, and by leveraging the scale of parallel architectures and dedicated big-data technologies, you can build applications using R that provide the necessary computational efficiency, scale, and cost-effectiveness. We identify four application areas and associated applications and Azure services that you can use to deploy R in enterprise applications. They cover the tasks required to prototype, build, and operationalize an enterprise-level data science and AI solution. In each of the four, there are R packages and tools specifically for accelerating the development of desirable analytics. Below is a brief introduction of each. Cloud resource management and operation Cloud computing instances…
Original Post: Services and tools for building intelligent R applications in the cloud

Services and tools for building intelligent R applications in the cloud

by Le Zhang (Data Scientist, Microsoft) and Graham Williams (Director of Data Science, Microsoft) As an in-memory application, R is sometimes thought to be constrained in performance or scalability for enterprise-grade applications. But by deploying R in a high-performance cloud environment, and by leveraging the scale of parallel architectures and dedicated big-data technologies, you can build applications using R that provide the necessary computational efficiency, scale, and cost-effectiveness. We identify four application areas and associated applications and Azure services that you can use to deploy R in enterprise applications. They cover the tasks required to prototype, build, and operationalize an enterprise-level data science and AI solution. In each of the four, there are R packages and tools specifically for accelerating the development of desirable analytics. Below is a brief introduction of each. Cloud resource management and operation Cloud computing instances…
Original Post: Services and tools for building intelligent R applications in the cloud

Education Analytics with R and Cortana Intelligence Suite

By Fang Zhou, Microsoft Data Scientist; Hong Ooi, Microsoft Senior Data Scientist; and Graham Williams, Microsoft Director of Data Science Education is a relatively late adopter of predictive analytics and machine learning as a management tool. A keen desire for improving educational outcomes for society is now leading universities and governments to perform student predictive analytics to provide better-informed and timely decision making. Student predictive analytics often aims to solve two key problems: Predict student academic outcomes so as to better target support. Predict students at risk of dropping out so as to prevent attrition. Education systems face enormous diversity across regions and countries. Two case studies demonstrate the novel and unique landscape for machine learning in the education world. A mixed effects regression model has been developed in conjunction with an Australian education department to measure the influence of…
Original Post: Education Analytics with R and Cortana Intelligence Suite