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Apache Mahout Essentials by Jayani Withanawasam

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When is it appropriate to use Apache Mahout?

You should consider the following aspects before making a decision to use Apache Mahout as your machine learning library:

  • Are you looking for a machine learning algorithm for industry use with performance as a critical evaluation factor?
  • Are you looking for a free and open source solution?
  • Is your dataset large and growing at an alarming rate? (MATLAB, Weka, Octave, and R can be used to process KBs and MBs of data, but if your data volume is growing up to the GB level, then it is better to use Mahout.)
  • Do you want batch data processing as opposed to real-time data processing?
  • Are you looking for a mature library, which has been there in the market for a few years?

If all or most of the preceding considerations ...

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