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A survey of open source data science tools

Panagiotis Barlas (Enterprise Research Centre, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland)
Ivor Lanning (Enterprise Research Centre, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland)
Cathal Heavey (Department of Design & Manufacturing Technology, Enterprise Research Centre, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland)

International Journal of Intelligent Computing and Cybernetics

ISSN: 1756-378X

Article publication date: 10 August 2015

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Abstract

Purpose

Data science is the study of the generalizable extraction of knowledge from data. It includes a variety of components and develops on methods and concepts from many domains, containing mathematics, probability models, machine learning, statistical learning, computer programming, data engineering, pattern recognition and learning, visualization and data warehousing aiming to extract value from data. The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of open source (OS) data science tools, proposing a classification scheme that can be used to study OS data science software.

Design/methodology/approach

The proposed classification scheme is based on general characteristics, project activity, operational characteristics and data mining characteristics. The authors then use the proposed scheme to examine 70 identified Open Source Software. From this the authors provide insight about the current status of OS data science tools and reveal the state-of-the-art tools.

Findings

The features of 70 OS tools are recorded based on the criteria of the four group characteristics, general characteristics, project activity, operational characteristics and data mining characteristics. Interesting results came from the analysis of these features and are recorded here.

Originality/value

The contribution of this survey is development of a new classification scheme for examination and study of OS data science tools. In parallel, this study provides an overview of existing OS data science tools.

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Acknowledgements

The research leading to the results presented in this paper has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7-2012-NMP-ICT-FoF) under Grant Agreement No. 314364.

Citation

Barlas, P., Lanning, I. and Heavey, C. (2015), "A survey of open source data science tools", International Journal of Intelligent Computing and Cybernetics, Vol. 8 No. 3, pp. 232-261. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJICC-07-2014-0031

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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