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Azure ML Thursday 4: ML in Python

On this fourth Azure ML Thursday series we move our ML solution out of Azure ML and set our first steps in Python with scikit-learn. Today, we look at using “just” Python for doing ML, next week we bring the trained models to Azure ML. You’ll notice there’s a lot more to tweak and improve once you do […]

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Azure ML Thursday 2: Train, Test, Submit!

On this second Azure ML Thursday, I’ll discuss a first entry on a competition. Also, some background about splits and cross-validation. Microsoft has provided a walkthrough for your first entry, so I won’t describe all the steps you’ll need to take. Rather, I’ll provide some first, easy tweaks to the first submission.

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Azure ML Thursday

Past two weeks, I’ve explored some applications of Machine Learning by doing a Cortana Intelligence competition (https://gallery.cortanaintelligence.com/competitions). This is a Kaggle-like challenge, but restricted to the Azure ML environment, which creates some challenges of its own. Because the deadline of the challenge is on October 10th, I cannot post all my experiences (yet). So I’ve […]

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Calculating commute distance using SSIS and the GoogleMaps API

Last week, I had an interesting question from one of my clients about estimates of planned commute distances. For example: What is the distance I travel when I, living at Kalverstraat 7 (Amsterdam) commute five days a week to my customer in Paris (1, rue Victor Cousin)? By the way: it should be calculated for all employees, for […]

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Lambda Architecture for the DWH

Recently I saw this post from Davide Mauri (basically he announced his session “Reference Big Data Lambda Architecture in Azure” at SQL Nexus). Although I would’ve loved to attend SQL Nexus, I’m not able to do so this year 🙁 . The next best thing I could do was order and read Marz & Warren’s “Big Data” (Manning) – […]

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Moving BI to the cloud: Consider this…

While looking into the possibilities of moving my customer’s BI infrastructure into the cloud, my primary question was how to handle the lack of cloud SSAS. But there’s a lot more to keep in mind. Here’s a few things that I think should be thought of from an architectural point of view: not only in […]

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Moving BI to the Cloud: Ditch SSAS?

Some time ago I read Chris Webb blogged “Thoughts On The Power BI Announcements At The MS Data Insights Summit“, where between the lines was this rather interesting point: For the last few years my customers have asked me when MS was going to release SSAS in the cloud and I’ve always replied that Power […]

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