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Top 8 Data Science Tools Everyone Should Know

Published on Jul 29,2019 1.4K Views
Zulaikha Lateef
Zulaikha is a tech enthusiast working as a Research Analyst at Edureka. Zulaikha is a tech enthusiast working as a Research Analyst at Edureka.
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Do you ever wonder what is the process and methodology behind revolutionary technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning? The answer is Data Science. With the availability of various Data Science tools in the market, implementing AI has become easier and more scalable. In this article, we’ll discuss the best tools for Data Science in the market.

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Here’s a list of topics covered in this blog:

  1. What Is Data Science?
  2. Data Science Tools
    1. Data Science Tools For Data Storage
    2. Data Science Tools For Data Analysis
    3. Data Science Tools For Data Modelling
    4. Data Science Tools For Data Visualization

What Is Data Science?

Data Science is the art of drawing useful insights from data. To be more specific, it is the process of collecting, analyzing and modeling data to solve real-world problems.

You can read more about Data Science by going through the following blogs:

  1. What Is Data Science? A Beginner’s Guide To Data Science
  2. Data Science Tutorial – Learn Data Science from Scratch!
  3. 10 Skills To Master For Becoming A Data Scientist
  4. Data Science vs Machine Learning – What’s The Difference?

Its applications vary from fraud detection and disease detection to recommendation engines and thus growing businesses. These wide ranges of applications and increased demand have led to the development of Data Science tools.

In the below section we’ll be discussing in-depth about the best Data Science tools in the market. But before we go there it is important that you understand that this blog is focused on the different Data Science tools and not the programming languages that can be used to implement Data Science. So, don’t expect there to be a war between which is better for Data Science, Python or R.

With that being said let’s dive straight into the Data Science tools.

Data Science Tools

The main feature of these tools is that you don’t have to use programming languages in order to implement Data Science. They come with pre-defined functions, algorithms, and a very user-friendly GUI. Hence, they can be used to build convoluted Machine Learning models without the use of a programming language.

Several start-ups and tech giants have been working on developing such user-friendly Data Science tools. However, since Data Science is a very vast process, it is often never enough to use one tool for the entire workflow.

Therefore, we’ll be looking at Data Science tools used for the different stages in a Data Science process, i.e.:

  1. Data Storage
  2. Exploratory Data Analysis
  3. Data Modelling
  4. Data Visualization

If you wish to learn more about the Data Science workflow, you can go through this video recorded by our Data Science expert:

Data Science Tutorial | Edureka

 

Data Science Tools For Data Storage

Apache Hadoop

Apache Hadoop is a free, open-source framework that can manage and store tons and tons of data. It provides distributed computing of massive data sets over a cluster of 1000s of computers. It is used for high-level computations and data processing.

Apache Hadoop - Data Science Tools - Edureka

Here’s a list of features of Apache Hadoop:

  • Effectively scale large data on thousands of Hadoop clusters
  • It uses the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) for data storage which distributes massive amounts of data across several nodes for distributed, parallel computing
  • Provides the functionality of other data processing modules, such as Hadoop MapReduce, Hadoop YARN, and so on

Microsoft HD Insights

Azure HDInsight is a cloud platform provided by Microsoft for the purpose of data storage, processing, and analytics. Enterprises such as Adobe, Jet, and Milliman use Azure HD Insights to process and manage massive amounts of data.

Here’s a list of features of Microsoft HD Insights:

  • It provides full-fledged support to integrate with Apache Hadoop and Spark clusters for data processing
  • Windows Azure Blob is the default storage system for Microsoft HD Insights. It can effectively manage the most sensitive data across thousands of nodes
  • Provides Microsoft R Server that supports enterprise-scale R for performing statistical analysis and building strong Machine Learning models.

Data Science Tools for Exploratory Data Analysis

Informatica PowerCenter

The buzz around Informatica is explained by the fact that their revenue has rounded off to around $1.05 billion. Informatica has many products focused on data integration. However, Informatica PowerCenter stands out due its data integration capabilities.

Informatica PowerCenter- Data Science Tools - Edureka

Here’s a list of features of Informatica PowerCenter:

  • A data integration tool that is based on the ETL (Extract Transform Load) architecture.
  • It aids in extracting data from various source, transforming and processing it in accordance with business requirements and finally loading or deploying it into a warehouse.
  • It provides support for distributed processing, grid computing, adaptive load balancing, dynamic partitioning, and pushdown optimization.

RapidMiner

There is no surprise that RapidMiner is one of the most popular tools for implementing Data Science. RapidMiner ranked at number 1 in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Science Platforms 2017, and in the Forrester Wave for predictive analytics and Machine Learning, and one of the top performers in the G2 Crowd predictive analytics grid.

RapidMiner - Data Science Tools - Edureka

Here’s are some of its features:

  • A single platform for data processing, building Machine Learning models and deployment.
  • It provides support for integrating Hadoop framework with its in-built RapidMiner Radoop
  • Models Machine Learning algorithms by using a visual workflow designer. It can also generate predictive models through automated modeling

Data Science Tools for Data Modelling

H2O.ai

H2O.ai is the company behind open-source Machine Learning (ML) products like H2O, aimed to make ML easier for all.
With around 130,000 data scientists and approximately 14,000 organizations, the H20.ai community is growing at a strong pace. H20.ai is an open-source Data Science tool that is aimed at making data modeling easier.

H2O.ai - Data Science Tools - Edureka

Here are some of its features:

  • It was built using the most popular Data Science programming languages, i.e., Python and R. This makes it easier to apply Machine Learning since most of the developers and data scientist are familiar with R and Python.
  • It can implement a majority of the Machine Learning algorithms including generalized linear models (GLM), Classification Algorithms, Boosting Machine Learning and so on. It also provides support for Deep Learning.
  • It provides support to integrate with Apache Hadoop to process and analyze huge amounts of data.

DataRobot

DataRobot is an AI-driven automation platform, that aids in developing accurate predictive models. DataRobot makes it easy to implement a wide range of Machine Learning algorithms, including clustering, classification, regression models.

DataRobot - Data Science Tools - Edureka

Here are some of its features:

  • Supports parallel programming by allowing the use of thousands of servers to perform simultaneous data analysis, data modeling, validation and so on.
  • It builds, tests and trains Machine Learning models at a lightning-fast speed. DataRobot tests the models on several use cases and compares to see which model gives makes the most accurate predictions.
  • Implements the whole Machine Learning process at a large scale. It makes model evaluation easier and effective by implementing parameter tuning and many other validation techniques.

Data Science Tools for Data Visualization

Tableau

Tableau is the most popular data visualization tool used in the market. It allows you to break down raw, unformatted data into a processable and understandable format. Visualizations created by using Tableau can easily help you understand the dependencies between the predictor variables.

Tableau - Data Science Tools - Edureka

Here are a few features of Tableau:

  • It can be used to connect to multiple data sources, and it can visualize massive data sets to find correlations and patterns.
  • The Tableau Desktop feature allows you to create customized reports and dashboards to get real-time updates
  • Tableau also provides cross-database join functionality that allows you to create calculated fields and join tables, this helps in solving complex data-driven problems.

QlikView

QlikView is another data visualization tool that is used by more than 24,000 organizations worldwide. It is one of the most effective visualization platforms for visually analyzing data to derive useful business insights.

QlikView Dashboard - Data Science Tools - Edureka

Here are a few features of QlikView:

  • It provides clear visualizations to create dashboards and detailed reports that deliver a precise understanding of the data.
  • It provides in-memory data processing, which creates reports and communicates it very fast to the end-users.
  • Data association is another important feature of QlikView. It has patented in-memory technology that automatically generates associations and relations in data.

Now that you know the top Data Science Tools, I’m sure you’re curious to learn more. Here are a few blogs that will help you get started with Data Science:

  1. A Complete Guide To Math And Statistics For Data Science
  2. 5 Data Science Projects – Data Science Projects For Practice
  3. Who is a Data Scientist?
  4. Top 10 Data Science Applications

If you wish to enroll for a complete course on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Edureka has a specially curated Machine Learning Engineer Master Program that will make you proficient in techniques like Supervised Learning, Unsupervised Learning, and Natural Language Processing. It includes training on the latest advancements and technical approaches in Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning such as Deep Learning, Graphical Models and Reinforcement Learning.

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