OpenBI is just wrapping up a machine learning engagement with one of our customers. Truth be told, instead of machine learning, the work’s probably more accurately pegged as consultant learning. What started out looking like an archetypical association modeling exercise quickly morphed into a data access and exploration “challenge.”

The day one “plan” of a dash of Hive, a pinch of SQL and two cups of R, turned into a stew of Hive, Pig, MapReduce, Java, Pentaho Data Integration and R. And the algorithms we ended up deploying look quite a bit less sexy than the elegant formulations we started with.

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