Last week I found the awesome tool for digital marketing as well as data analysis. It is called “H2O“. Although it is open source software, its performance is incredible and easy to use. I would like to introduce it to Sales/Marketing personnel who are interested in Digital marketing.
“H2O is open-source software for big-data analysis. It is produced by the start-up H2O.ai(formerly 0xdata), which launched in 2011 in Silicon Valley. The speed and flexibility of H2O allow users to fit hundreds or thousands of potential models as part of discovering patterns in data. With H2O, users can throw models at data to find usable information, allowing H2O to discover patterns. Using H2O, Cisco estimates each month 20 thousand models of its customers’ propensities to buy while Google fits different models for each client according to the time of day.” according to Wikipedia(1).
Although its performance looks very good, it is open source software. It means that everyone can use the awesome tool without any fee. It is incredible! “H2O” is awarded one of ” Bossie Awards 2015: The best open source big data tools” (2). This image shows H2O user interface “H2O FLOW”.
By using this interface, you can use the state of art algorithm such as “Deep learning” without programming. It is very important for beginners of data analysis. Because they can start data analysis without programming anyway. Dr. Arno Candel, Physicist & Hacker at H2O.ai. , said “And the best thing is that the user doesn’t need to know anything about Neural Networks”(3). Once models are developed by this user interface, program of the model with “Java” is automatically generated. It can be used in production systems with ease.
One of the advantages of open source is that many user’s cases are publicly available. Open source can be public, therefore it is easy to be distributed as users’ experiences of “What is good?” and “What is bad?”. This image is a collection of tutorials “H2O University“. It is also available for free. There are many other presentations, videos about H2O in the internet, too! You may find your industry”s cases among them. Therefore, there is a lot of materials to learn H2O by ourselves.
In addition to that, “H2O” can be used as an extension of “R“. R is one of the most widely-used analytical language. “H2O” can be controlled from R console easily. Therefore“H2O” can be integrated with R. “H2O” also can be used with Python.
There are so many other functionalities in H2O. I cannot write everything here. I am sure it is an awesome tool for both business personnel and data scientists. I would like to start using “H2O” and publish my experiences of “H2O”going forward. Why don’t you join “H2O community”?
2.Bossie Awards 2015: The best open source big data tools
3.Interview: Arno Candel, H2O.ai on the Basics of Deep Learning to Get You Started
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