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3. Open Source Analytics

The Disruptive Power of Free

Thomas W. Dinsmore

(1)Newton, Massachusetts, USA

In every software category, free and open source software is a growing presence. In this chapter, we address the following questions:

  • What is free and open source software?

  • How can free and open source software make business sense?

  • What are the leading free and open source software projects for analytics?

The most obvious attribute of free and open source software is something it lacks: software licensing fees. We will show, in this chapter, that free and open source software is viable, and that it is disrupting incumbents in the analytic software industry. ...

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