RapidMiner was originally developed as YALE (Yet Another Learning Environment) in 2001 by Ralf Klinkenberg, Ingo Mierswa, and Simon Fischer at the University of Dortmund. In 2006 the company Rapid-I which is now the main developer behind RapidMiner was formed.
RapidMiner runs as a either a windows executable or a Java application. This means that the software can be installed on almost any platform with limited compatibility conserns.
Current Status and functionalityEdit
Currently there are 30 developers working globally to improve the software and add new extensions to the library. Currently RapidMiner provides more then 600 built in operators for all main functions some of which are listed below
- Data loading and transformation
- Data Processing
- Data visualization
What Is RapidMinerEdit
RapidMiner is an open source data mining tool which has strengths in its ability to define analytical steps with little effort. RapidMiner also is an great graphing tool especially compared to MS Excel. Keeping with user ease RapidMiner allows users to explore data in similar to Microsoft Excel(sam basic layout). RapidMiner is also designed to work well with other languages providing methods to import functions from common programming languages
RapidMiner is good for analyzing data by high throughput instraments,
How RapidMiner Works
Basically the software package provides a GUI that users can use to design an “pipeline” for mining commands. The GUI also generates a XML file that defines the process (or pipeline) that the user creates. Like many common software development IDE’s once the program is running the process can be interrupted and manipulated (think Visual Studio / C++ break points).
RapidMiner can be called from other software such as custom built software packages using the API’s provided by RapidMiner. To even further appeal to users RapidMiner can also be run directly from the command line (not recommended without a deep understanding of the system but is doable)
Intrestingly enough while RapidMiner is advertised as a mining tool to acutauly access the text mining functions an add in must be installed first.