Introducing Microsoft R Server 9.0

This post is authored by Nagesh Pabbisetty, Partner Director of Program Management at Microsoft. To thrive in today’s data-driven world, businesses increasingly need more powerful analytics solutions to predict customer behavior and discover new opportunities. However, existing solutions often fail to deliver enough insights, fast enough. At Microsoft, we continue to invest deeply in advanced… Read more

Microsoft R Server for HDInsight Now Generally Available

This post is by Nagesh Pabbisetty, Partner Director of Program Management. Since we released Microsoft R Server on HDInsight in preview in March 2016, customers have used it for predictive modeling, machine learning, and statistical analysis. With the general availability of R Server for HDInsight customers will be able to leverage the largest portable R-compatible… Read more

Data Manipulation at Scale with Microsoft R Server & Spark on Azure HDInsight

Re-posted from the Revolutions blog. Dealing with distributed data and having to program concurrent systems is not always the easiest of tasks, and data scientists familiar with R are unlikely to have extensive experience with such systems. In such scenarios, Spark offers a very popular, intuitive distributed data processing platform, with R and Python APIs… Read more

Announcing the Winners – Women’s Health Risk Assessment Competition

This post is authored by Hai Ning, Principal Program Manager at Microsoft. We are excited to announce the winners of the Women’s Health Risk Assessment competition, a contest that we launched on the Cortana Intelligence Competition Platform back in July this year. As we shared in an earlier blog entry, according to a World Health… Read more

Speeding Up Azure ML Web Services Containing R or Python Modules

This post is authored by Danil Kirsanov, Senior Developer at Microsoft. Response time is one of the critical parameters of a deployed Azure Machine Learning web service (see this walkthrough for information on how to create an Azure ML experiment and deploy a web service). In this post, we discuss one of the ways to… Read more

Data Science with Microsoft SQL Server 2016 – Free eBook

Foreword The world around us – every business and nearly every industry – is being transformed by technology. This disruption is driven in part by the intersection of three trends: a massive explosion of data, intelligence from machine learning and advanced analytics, and the economics and agility of cloud computing. Although databases power nearly every… Read more

R Tools for Visual Studio 0.5

This post is authored by Shahrokh Mortazavi, Team Lead, Data Science Tools. We’re delighted to announce the availability of RTVS 0.5. Key updates in this release include: Integrated support for SQL and SQL Stored Procedures. Multiple plot windows, plot history with plot thumbnails for navigation. General improvements and bug fixes. SQL Integration SQL databases are… Read more

Data Mining the 2016 Presidential Campaign Finance Data

So you just got yourself a brand new dataset. Now what? How do you prepare a dataset for machine learning? Where do you even begin? This post is an attempt to demystify this process, using a fun example that is of topical interest. Dataset Selection Since we are in the middle of the U.S. presidential… Read more

Predictions at the Speed of Data

This post is by Joseph Sirosh, Corporate Vice President of the Data Group at Microsoft. Online transaction processing (OLTP) database applications have powered many enterprise user-cases in recent decades, with numerous implementations in banking, e-commerce, manufacturing and many other domains. Today, I’d like to highlight a new breed of applications that marry the latest OLTP… Read more

5 Cloud AI Innovations at the Microsoft Machine Learning & Data Science Summit

This post is by Joseph Sirosh, Corporate Vice President of the Data Group at Microsoft. I’m excited to invite you to our first Microsoft Machine Learning & Data Science Summit, which kicks off next Monday, September 26th, in Atlanta. The Summit is a unique event for machine learning developers, data scientists and big data engineers,… Read more