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PredictionIO aims to be the MySQL of the machine learning world

PredictionIO aims to be the MySQL of the machine learning world

PredictionIO, a startup providing machine learning technologies for a range of applications has secured $2.5m in funding. The company’s co-founder and chief executive officer Simon Chan told Business Cloud News that the funding will make PredictionIO “the MySQL of prediction.”

PredictionIO offers pre-built predictive engines that enable personalization, product suggestion, and trend detection.

Developers can access them through REST API, or a few lines of codes through the company’s SDKs, so developers can use the technology to build machine learning capabilities into their applications.

It has teamed up with AWS to host the service.

“Building machine learning into products is expensive and time-consuming. Only companies like Google, Amazon, LinkedIn and Twitter can afford a huge team of PhDs or datascientists,” Chan said. “And if it doesn’t make sense for most companies to build a database server in house, then why should they need to build a machine learning server from scratch?”

Chan told Business Cloud News that the big selling points of the platform are that it’s open source (like Apache Mahout and mloss) at a time when most approaches to machine learning are proprietary, and, that it’s developer friendly.

“The binary and source code of PredictionIO can be installed on-premises on virtually any platform. We also support virtual machine such as Vagrant and Docker, which has been made available by a contributor in our community,” he said, adding that no machine learning knowledge is required to tap into the service capabilities.

According to Chan the platform has over 4,000 developers engaged in its development.

“Like MySQL, PredictionIO is an open source disruptor. It’s doing the same thing in the machine learning and data science industries.”

The move comes as other IT incumbents look keen to deliver cognitive computing as a cloud service. IBM, which offers application developers access to its proprietary cognitive compute platform Watson via the cloud, is one such firm.