Google open sourced a new package for the R statistical computing software that’s designed to help users infer whether a particular action really did cause subsequent activity. Google has been using the tool, called CausalImpact, to measure AdWords campaigns but it has broader appeal.
Dell has bought a statistical analysis vendor called StatSoft that makes software akin to that of SAS and IBM’s SPSS business. It seems like an uninspired buy for a company trying to forge a new direction since going private.
Cascading creator Concurrent has developed a new open source tool called Pattern for running machine learning models on Hadoop clusters. When combined with its SQL tool called Lingual, users can move data from one stage to another easily.
Analytics provider Alteryx has raised another $12 million as it tries to make statistical analysis a more consumer-friendly experience.