Final results from Rexer's 5th Annual Data Miner Survey were recently released. For the third year in a row, StatSoft and its STATISTICA product line comes out the victor as the primary data mining tool used by practitioners. The Rexer Analytics Survey is the largest of its kind, surveying 1,319 data miners from 60 countries. The survey covers analytic techniques and tools used in data mining practice, types of data analyzed, and challenges encountered.
StatSoft’s flagship product, STATISTICA, was ranked as the primary data mining and text mining tool and overall, as well as in the subgroups of “Corporate”, “Consultant,” and “Government/NGO” data miners. About 80% of STATISTICA users report that they will continue using this tool over the next three years compared to 38-58% of users for SAS, SPSS Statistics, SPSS Modeler, and SAS Enterprise Miner and only 22% of Weka users.
77% of data miners either currently incorporate or plan to begin using text mining in their analyses, especially for customer surveys, email, and social media.
Dr. Thomas Hill, Vice President of Analytics at StatSoft, responded to the survey, noting,“We are excited to be recognized in the field of predictive analytics/data mining. Rexer Analytics’ survey is unique as the largest global survey of its kind, with feedback from analysts doing ‘real’ work.”
STATISTICA was also mentioned as a popular interface to the R software package.
In each of the four remaining categories (Ease of Use, Ability to Automate Repetitive Tasks, Enables Mining within One’s Database, and Quality of User Interface), STATISTICA came in a very close second.
Full Results of Survey at Rexer Analytics