Cortana – Remembering the Future

If you have ever watched the Star Trek First Contact film the crew allude to the fact that then star ship Enterprise is named after the first space shuttle, when actually it’s the other way around the first space shuttle was so named because over 2 million star trek fans lobbied NASA to call it…


Machine Learning for the Business Intelligence developer

Amy (the other half of the data duo in our team) and I have been gate crashing the Data Culture series and other events recently to see who’s interested in Azure Machine Learning (MAML) . It turns out that data scientists are pretty comfortable using their own tools and scripts be that in R and…


Azure Machine Learning – General Availability

Today Microsoft Azure Machine Learning (MAML)goes from preview to general availability and it’s also undergone quite a few changes on the way. Before I get into what’s new (and there is quite a lot) I do occasionally get feedback that Azure services are evolving too quickly for everyone to keep up.   I do agree this…


How to train your maml – Publishing your work

Before I get into my next post you may have noticed that ML has changed compared with a few weeks ago -the main page previews experiments differently, and the visualization of data has also changed.. One other problem hit me and that was some of the parts of my demo experiment didn’t work or ran…


Future Decoded – with Data Science

If you have been following my posts on Microsoft’s approach to data science with things like Machine Learning you’ll realise that it’s capable of making predictions. However to be honest it’s not going to tell you what devices and career you’ll have in five years time. To do that you need expert humans not expert…


How to train your MAML

In this fourth post in my Azure Machine Learning series we are actually going to do the training itself.  I have tidied up my experiment from last time to get rid of the modules to export data to SQL Azure as that has now served it’s purpose .. Before we get stuck into training there’s…


How to train your MAML – Looking at the data in SQL Azure

In my last post we saw how to clean, transform and join datasets. I also mentioned I had trouble doing the join at all and even now it’s not quite right so how can we look at the data and find out what’s going on.  The visualisation option only shows a few rows of the…


How to Train your MAML– Refining the data

In my last post we looked at how to load data into Microsoft Azure Machine Learning using the browser based ML Studio.  We also started to look at the data around predicting delayed flights and identified some problems with it and this post is all about getting the data into the right shape to ensure…


Adventure Works!

My title for this post is a pun on the Adventure Works databases, and samples that have been in SQL Server since I can remember and pops up in the database and in analysis and reporting services.  There were also some data mining examples ( as referenced in  this old post) but this has not…