It’s a beautiful thing when free data meets free analytics


All the free data-analysis tools in the world aren’t too useful if there aren’t also some free datasets available to analyze. That’s why it’s cool to see BigML, the machine learning service I’ve been writing about for the past year, decide to collaborate with open-data provider Quandl. Even if neither service reaches mass market popularity, I like seeing stakeholders from different camps work together to lay the groundwork for a data democracy.

I won’t waste your time recapping BigML — I’ve done it in detail before — but will note that the service does have some new features since the last time I played around with it. Among them is a new sunburst visualization to complement the classic tree one.

However, if you’re new to Quandl (like I am), it’s pretty cool. It’s a free service offering up more than 6 million financial, economic and social datasets…

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