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I watched this video to get started with SAP Predictive Analytics:

I was interested in the automated clustering; you can do clustering analysis with the Expert Analytics part of Predictive but this time, I thought, why not let the tool “do it for me”?


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First (and this took the longest time) when I selected type “Excel” it is looking for an .XLS file, not XLSX

So I found a sample file that was .XLS


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Figure 2 shows you can upload a description file (field names and lengths) – I just went with “Analyze” and fortunately it read the headings and length of the first row of the Excel file.


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Figure 3 shows the results of Analyzing


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I didn’t select any target variables or weighted variables.  I select 5 (minimum) to 10 (maximum) clusters


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The above shows the results and decides that 5 clusters is “winner”.


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Figure 6 shows the cluster frequencies


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Figure 7 shows another cluster frequencies report that is available


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Figure 8 is a bubble chart offered.  What could you do with this?  Possibly if you are a US tax service, you could offer your tax counseling advice to those at age 42 with high capital gains.

Once I got past the confusion of analyzing the descriptions and to use an old version of Excel, this tool was very simple to use; simply load a file and start analyzing.  You can check the other predictive analytics tutorials here Official Product Tutorials – SAP Predictive Analytics, SAP Predictive Analysis and SAP InfiniteInsight

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