|Stable release||7.1 / 28 April 2016|
|Type||Statistical analysis, data mining, predictive analytics|
|License||Professional Edition is Proprietary; Basic Edition is available as AGPL|
RapidMiner is a software platform developed by the company of the same name that provides an integrated environment for machine learning, data mining, text mining, predictive analytics and business analytics. It is used for business and commercial applications as well as for research, education, training, rapid prototyping, and application development and supports all steps of the data mining process including data preparation, results visualization, validation and optimization. RapidMiner is developed on an open core model, with the RapidMiner Basic Edition available for download under the AGPL license. The Professional Edition starts at $1,999 and is available from the developer.
RapidMiner, formerly known as YALE (Yet Another Learning Environment), was developed starting in 2001 by Ralf Klinkenberg, Ingo Mierswa, and Simon Fischer at the Artificial Intelligence Unit of the Technical University of Dortmund. Starting in 2006, its development was driven by Rapid-I, a company founded by Ingo Mierswa and Ralf Klinkenberg in the same year. In 2007, the name of the software was changed from YALE to RapidMiner. In 2013, the company rebranded from Rapid-I to RapidMiner.
According to Bloor Research, RapidMiner provides 99% of an advanced analytical solution through template-based frameworks that speed delivery and reduce errors by nearly eliminating the need to write code. RapidMiner provides data mining and machine learning procedures including: data loading and transformation (Extract, transform, load (ETL)), data preprocessing and visualization, predictive analytics and statistical modeling, evaluation, and deployment. RapidMiner is written in the Java programming language. RapidMiner provides a GUI to design and execute analytical workflows. Those workflows are called “Process” in RapidMiner and they consist of multiple “Operators”. Each operator is performing a single task within the process and the output of each operator forms the input of the next one. Alternatively, the engine can be called from other programs or used as an API. Individual functions can be called from the command line. RapidMiner provides learning schemes, models and algorithms and can be extended using R and Python scripts.
RapidMiner functionality can be extended with additional plugins which are made available via RapidMiner Marketplace. The RapidMiner Marketplace provides a platform for developers to create data analysis algorithms and publish them to the community.
With version 7.0, RapidMiner included updates to its getting started materials, an updated user interface, and improvements to its data preparation capabilities.
In 2016, Gartner Research placed RapidMiner in the leader quadrant of its Magic Quadrant for Advanced Analytics. The report highlighted RapidMiner's "Wisdom of Crowds" guidance for recommended next steps in a predictive analytics process in addition to overall ease of use. In the 2014 and 2013 annual software poll KDnuggets ranked RapidMiner the most popular data analytics software with the poll’s respondents citing the software package as the tool they use. RapidMiner received one of the strongest satisfaction ratings in the 2011 Rexer Analytics Data Miner Survey. RapidMiner has received over 3 million total downloads and has over 250,000 users including eBay, Intel, PepsiCo and Kraft Foods as paying customers. RapidMiner claims to be the market leader in the software for predictive data analytics services against competitors such as Revolution Analytics, SAS, Predixion Software, SQL Server, StatSoft and IBM.
About 50 developers worldwide participate in the development of the open source RapidMiner with the majority of the contributors being employees of RapidMiner. The company that develops RapidMiner received a $16 million Series C funding with participation from venture capital firms Nokia Growth Partners, Ascent Venture Partners, Longworth Venture Partners, Earlybird Venture Capital and Open Ocean Capital. Open Ocean partner Michael "Monty" Widenius is a founder of MySQL.
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