Sunday, October 28, 2018

RandomForests in R, Python and SQL

I recently wrote a two part article explaining how Random Forests work and how to use them in R, Python and SQL.

These were posted on ToadWorld webpages. Check them out.

Part 1 of article

Part 2 of article

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Creating and Managing OML users on Oracle ADWS

(Check out my recent blog post on getting the ADWS up and running. You will need to have following those before you can perform the following steps.

In this post I'll look at how to setup and manage users specifically for the Oracle Machine Learning (OML) tool. This tool is only available on ADWS and is a zeppelin based notebook for analytics, data science and machine learning.

1. Open the service console for ADWS and click on Administration Administration can be found on the small menu list on the left hand side of the screen. NewImage

2. Click on Manage Oracle ML Users As we are only interested in OML and Users for OML, just click on the section titled 'Oracle ML Users'

3. Sign-in as Admin user This user was created in my previous blog post. Hopefully you can remember the password. NewImage

4. Create a New User The only user currently enabled for OML is the Admin user. To create a new OML user click on the Create button


5. Enter OML User details Enter the details of the OML user. Enter an email address and the person will receive an email with their login details. You have the choice of having a system generated password or uncheck the tick box and add in a password. NewImage Click the Create button. And hopefully the user will receive the email. The email may take a little bit of time to arrange in the users email box!

6. Log into Oracle Machine Learning

You have 2 options. The first is to follow the link in the email or click on the Home button on the top right hand side of the screen. NewImage

You will then be logged into Oracle Machine Learning. Look out for my blog posts on using this product and how to run the demos. NewImage

Slides from my OOW Presentation

Here are the slides from my presentation (with Neil Chandler) at Oracle Open World and Oracle Code One.

1 - Code1-Nnets_REST-joint-ver2 NewImage

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Oracle 18c XE - Comes with in-database and R machine learning

As of today 20th October, Oracle has finally released Oracle 18c XE aka Express Edition

A very important word associated with Oracle 18c XE is the word 'FREE'

Yes it is FREE

This FREE product is backed full of features. Think of all the features that come with the Enterprise Edition of the Database. It comes with most of those features, including some of the extra add on features.

I said it comes with most features. There are a few features that don't come with XE, so go check out the full list here.


There are a few restrictions:

  • Up to 12 GB of user data
  • Up to 2 GB of database RAM
  • Up to 2 CPU threads
  • Up to 3 Pluggable Databases

I know of so many companies and applications that easily meet the above restrictions.

For the Data Scientists and Machine Learning people, the Advanced Analytics option is now available with Oracle 18c XE. That means you can use the in-memory features for super fast analytics, use the in-database machine learning algorithms, and also use the embedded R feature called Oracle R Enterprise.

Yes you are limited to 12G of user data. That might be OK for most people but for those whose data is BIG then this isn't an option for you.

There is a phrase, "Your data isn't as big as you think", so maybe your data might fit within the 12G.

Either way this can be a great tool to allow you to try out machine learning for Free in a test lab environment.

Go download load it and give it a try.

Monday, October 15, 2018

R vs Python vs SQL for Machine Learning (Infographic)

Next week I'll be giving several presentation on machine learning at Oracle Open World and Oracle Code One. In one of these presentation an evaluation of using R vs Python vs SQL will be given and discussed.

Check out the infographic containing the comparisons.

Click here to download the PDF version.

Info Graphic

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

OOW 2018 Chocolate Tasting

Calling all Oracle ACEs, Developer Champions and Oracle Product Managers from around the World.

Are you going to Oracle Open World or Oracle Code One?

If you are, bring some of your favourite chocolates from where you live and share them with other Oracle ACEs, Developer Champions and Oracle PMs.

Location : The Hub (Moscone West).

Date : Wednesday 24th October

Time : 3pm-4pm

All you have to do is to bring some of the best chocolate from your country or your favourite chocolate, meet with other people, talk about Oracle technologies and what you have learned during your time at Oracle Open World and Oracle Code One.

Please don't bring your typical high street, mass market type of chocolate. Bring the good stuff. Pick it up at your local chocolate shop or in the airport as you begin your travels.

Last year (2017) we had chocolate from 14 different countries. They were all very different and very tasty.

I'll have some Butlers Chocolates with me for the tasting. What chocolates will you bring?