GPU Processing in R: Is it worth it?

It would be difficult for an R user not to have heard of GPU processing. In 2006, about seven years after it invented the GPU, Nvidia released the first incarnation of CUDA, the architecture that allowed scientists, engineers, and statisticians to use high-end graphics processors as pure floating-point number-crunchers. Today, Nvidia’s CUDA platform, specific for […]
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Making Sense of Microsoft’s RevoScaleR Function Parameters

The RevoscaleR functions provided by Microsoft in Machine Learning Server and MS R Client are many and varied, as are the parameters are passed to control their behavior. But while it might seem a bit overwhelming at first, it is really quite simple. Except for the fact that ETL generally reads and writes to multiple […]
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A Quick Binary Refresher for Analytic Query Writers

You probably thought that the chapter on binary number systems in your Intro to Computer Science textbook would never have to be opened again, especially now that you’re a report writer or a data analyst and generally don’t get too close to the silicon. SQL Server DBAs bump into binary numbers from time to time […]
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Choosing a Machine Learning Platform That’s Right for You

Choosing a machine learning (ML) platform can be a cause of considerable stress. It’s a major commitment you will have to live with for years and an unwise decision might even affect your job prospects. Fortunately, asking yourself a few fundamental questions can simply the decision considerably. Are you primarily a Windows Shop? In recent […]
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Interactive Visio Diagrams in Power BI Reports

When I first evaluated Power BI a few years ago, the thing that impressed me most was that, unlike Sharepoint Power View, a developer could create new visualizations and integrate them into PBI. Some time later, Microsoft greatly expanded the ability of Power BI to include sophisticated graphs by adding to Power BI the ability […]
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