Thursday, May 28, 2009

The R Journal - A Refereed Journal for the R Project Launches

The R project, a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics, now features a peer-reviewed journal.

The R newsletter has been transformed into The R Journal, a refereed journal for articles covering topics that are of interest to users or developers of R. The first issue is now available online. As a sign of the open source R project gaining significant momentum, The R Journal intends to reach a wide audience with high-quality papers that are focused on R.

As a supporter of the R PMML Package (see blog and video tutorial), Zementis (together with Togaware) is honored that our article "PMML: An Open Standard for Sharing Models" has been selected by the editorial board to be published as part of the inaugural issue.

While our article emphasizes the importance of the Predictive Model Markup Language (PMML) standard, other contributed research papers address a wide range of topics including graphics and parallel computing. Of more general interest are the invited articles on "The Future of R" which provide the reader with an overview of R's programming model and R-Forge, a central, collaborative platform for the development of R packages.

Following the feature in the New York Times in early 2009, this is yet another significant milestone for R.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

KDD 2009 Panel on Open Standards and Cloud Computing

Emerging Trends in Open Standards and Cloud Computing for Data Mining.

Please join us for an exciting panel discussion at the 15th ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining in Paris.

Over the past decade, we have seen tremendous interest in the application of data mining and statistical algorithms, first in research and science and, more recently, across various industries. Impacting scientific and business applications alike, interoperability and open standards still lack broader adoption in the data mining community. In addition, emerging trends in cloud computing and Software as a Service will play a critical role in promoting the effective implementation and widespread application of predictive models.

The panel will discuss various topics related to open standards and cloud computing, with a particular focus on the practical use of statistical algorithms, reliable production deployment of models and the integration of predictive analytics within other systems.

Moderated by Zementis, the panel is comprised of a distinguished group of thought leaders representing key software vendors in the data mining industry including DMG / Open Data Group, IBM, KNIME, KXEN, Microstrategy, Pervasive, SAS and SPSS.

For details, please see the KDD 2009 web site.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

SAP selects Zementis as a winner in the SAP BusinessObjects Explorer Development Contest

Recently, SAP sponsored a contest that challenged the developer community to create and demonstrate the most innovative use of SAP BusinessObjects Explorer APIs inside of another application or process. The challenge was a great success, and SAP received a large number of high-quality submissions.

In its solution, Zementis combined on-demand, high-performance processing for predictive algorithms through the ADAPA Predictive Analytics scoring engine on Amazon EC2 with dynamic, on-demand visualization of the results in SAP BusinessObjects Explorer. The Zementis innovation leverages services deployed in two distinct cloud computing infrastructures, Amazon EC2 and SAP, demonstrating true interoperability between services, platforms, and vendors.

We also posted a brief VIDEO that illustrates the integration between ADAPA and the SAP BusinessObjects Explorer.

(SAP Announcement Details)

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