Forbes on putting R-based analytics in the hands of business analysts

October 18, 2013
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(This article was first published on Revolutions, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

Forbes has published an article today on the integration between Alteryx and Revolution R Enterprise, which gives business analysts the ability to drag and drop to connect data sources to R-based models, such as this one for Market Basket analysis:

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(Experienced R users can always drill down to see the code behind the analysis, as you can see in this video.) Not only will this be a great way for non-programmers to access the wealth of capabilities in R (even with very large data sets, thanks to Revolution R Enterprise), it's also a great way for R programmers to make their custom data visualizations and models available to business analysts, by adding new icons to the Alteryx palette, or by publishing new workflows to the Alteryx Gallery.

Bob Muenchen (author of R for SAS and SPSS Users) also comments on the promise of a drag-and-drop UI for R in his blog post, What R Has Been Missing.

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