Microsoft’s R tools bring data science to the masses

One of Microsoft’s more interesting recent acquisitions was Revolution Analytics, a company that built tools for working with big data problems using the open source statistical programming language R. Mixing an open source model with commercial tools, Revolution Analytics offered a range of tools supporting academic and personal use, alongside software that took advantage of massive amounts of data–including Hadoop. Under Microsoft’s stewardship, the now-renamed R Server has become a bridge between on-premises and cloud data.

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