Microsoft has purchased Revolution (an R company). Here are some reactions:
- MS has already R inside Azure-ML. https://studio.azureml.net/
- I always thought of ML (Machine Learning) as a somewhat smallish but highly fashionable subset of Statistics, but now it seems ML is hyped so much to completely obscure Statistics.
- Is ML really that big?
- ML has little bit more of a CS and IT background (traditional statistics more of a math background with perhaps most applications in the social sciences?). May be CS/IT people are much better in their public relations. Also many companies nowadays see IT as core business, so may be there is more funding available for doing significant ML applications.
- MS has a poor performance record wrt analytics: poor Solver Foundation was abandoned in a bad way leaving some clients hanging to dry.
- MS already has a popular statistics package (it is called Excel). (Joking!)
- MS is a little bit late: IBM purchased SPSS in 2009.
- R is very successfully riding this hype cycle. Not bad for a somewhat funky and older language (rooted in S).
- Do we get an R.NET?
- TIBCO offers a commercial re-implementation of R.
- ML vs Statistics: http://brenocon.com/blog/2008/12/statistics-vs-machine-learning-fight/