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Modeling with SAP Infinite Insight


Since SAP’s acquisition of KXEN, announced in September 2013, many SAP Predictive Analysis users have been eager to preview the features KXEN Infinite Insight that will eventually be incorporated into SAP Predictive Analysis. In this blog, we’ll step through the same analysis of building a Customer Lifetime Value model that was discussed in my previous Customer Lifetime Value case study blog.

Configuring the Analysis

Infinite Insight has a much sparser interface, with relatively few options available. Unlike SAP Predictive Analysis, there is no algorithm selection, apart from describing the type of model that the user wants to create (Classification/Regression, Clustering, Time Series, or Association Rules). These line up with the algorithms that are most predominant in the current Predictive Analysis tool. In this case, we will select “Create a Classification/Regression Model”.

Infinite Insight 1

We now browse to and select the dataset that the model will be built on.

Infinite Insight 2

Infinite Insight automatically detects the data types found in the file and adds its own key.

Infinite Insight 3

The algorithm set up screen allows the user to set the target (dependent) and explanatory (independent) variables. By default, Infinite Insight will attempt to use all variables as explanatory factors in the model, but the user can designate specific variables to exclude. Variables that have no relevance to the target (like keys) and variables that are dependent on or determined by the target variable should be excluded from the model.

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Hilary BlissAbout Hillary Bliss
Hillary Bliss is the Analytics Practice Lead at Decision First Technologies, and specializes in data warehouse design, ETL development, statistical analysis, and predictive modeling. She works with clients and vendors to integrate business analysis and predictive modeling solutions into the organizational data warehouse and business intelligence environments based on their specific operational and strategic business needs. She has a master’s degree in statistics and a MBA from Georgia Tech.

Categories: Predictive Analytics
  1. Sujoy Roychowdhury
    May 20, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Hilary, I have not tried installing SAP Infinite Insight on my machine. I heard from someone there are issues having KXEN and SAP PA installed on same laptop. Is this true ?

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