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  1. Support more recent versions of R

    AzureML currently support only old versions of R:
    * CRAN R 3.1.0, released in 2014
    * Microsoft R Open 3.2.2, released in 2016

    Some R packages are not available in these older versions, or in some cases the package is available but it is an older version of the package with incompatible differences with the newer version.

    Several newer versions of both CRAN R and Microsoft R are available. AzureML should support them. Also, going forward, there shouldn't be such a considerable delay between R major version releases and their availability in AzureML

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    • Package management

      The current way of adding additional R packages to Azure ML is insanely time consuming. There should be a way to install packages from CRAN along with the required dependencies.

      I have tried to install the tidytext package using the method described here: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/benjguin/2014/09/24/how-to-upload-an-r-package-to-azure-machine-learning/

      When installing tidytext into a clean package library directory there are a total of 23 dependent packages that get installed. I then need to reference which ones are already installed on Azure, check if the version is up to date, package, upload and then install individually (in the correct order).

      Azure ML Studio should be able…

      24 votes
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      • Status bar or % Complete or ETL

        Add a [% complete] or Estimated Time Left to experiments in addition to the status "Running". It would be very helpful to have these features in ML Studio.

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        • Training with very large dataset in not works

          I was trying to create an experiment with the Netflix Prize dataset that contains about 100 Milions of records, and after uploadin the 2.6GB csv file and run the training on that, it fails due to out of memory exceeded exception

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          • Allow user to add modules to experiment during "run selected"

            It seems that idle time spent while modules run could be used to add and edit modules that are not running. e.g. while doing a long "Import Data", I should be able to add and edit other modules.

            3 votes
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            • group by

              Hello,

              It would be nice to have a "Group by" Like function as in sql

              to make SUM,Min,Max,Count,AVG on some column

              I saw it would be possible with R script. Bu I have never worked with it

              3 votes
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              • "compare to" in visualization

                I am inrolled in the online course "essentials of data science" and in many of the videos we can go to a model, visualize it and show scatterplots/diagrams by chosing "compare to". When I try this myself with my own models there are, in some of the cases, no "compare to". It is a really useful function when working with feature engineering, why is it only available in some cases? How can I make it available all the time?

                8 votes
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                • 'create r model' doesn't provide custom R package reference option

                  Two requests:
                  1. 'Create R Model' doesn't provide package input option unless it's preinstalled in AzureML. For example, wanted to develop custom recommender system (other than matchbox) using 'recommenderlab' package. I am not able to refer as .zip package in 'create R model' for 'recommenderlab' package. We should have an option to refer explicit package reference option in custom 'create R model.

                  2. Custom R package are to be referred everytime user uses it. This is a bit of overkill. Request your help to keep that package till user exits the session. This will streamline process quite a bit.

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                  • Allow to choose between SQLite and T-SQL in the Apply SQL Transformation module

                    It'll be a really good option write T-SQL scripts in the Apply SQL Transformation module since we are in a MS environment.

                    Thank you.

                    32 votes
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                    • Get serious with Datasets! Beat Kaggle

                      If you are serious about ML Studio, you'd rather include hundreds and hundreds sample datasets. We should see 2-3 samples for each algorithm. Two sets for each dataset needed: 1. real, dirty data 2. the same but clean data. So user could concentrate on cleaning or on the algorithm side of the problem. Datasets should be in categories and with tags... you have fantazy, right?
                      Samples for different user categories: students, scientists, developers, kids.
                      Samples for different tasks: study, competitions, science (Yes! Please, include datasets for *real* problems in science)
                      We should beat Kaggle in this aspect (why not ImageNet?)

                      11 votes
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                      • Restore the last experiment deleted by mistake

                        It'd be nice if I could restore the last experiment I deleted by mistake.

                        Thank you

                        29 votes
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                        • Import data from Azure Data Lake Store

                          Right now you can access files on Azure Data Lake Store through a Hive cluster, which is both expensive and hard to set up. Azure ML should have direct access to Azure Data Lake Store files.

                          58 votes
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                          • [BUG] Saving existing trained model doesn't overvrite the existing one

                            When trying to overwrite an existing trained model, Azure ML Studio will create a duplicated trained model (see the attached picture). When I try to delete the oldest one, both the duplicated trained models disappear. Then, if I try to create the same trained model (with the same name) again, that name is cached even if I deleted it. I have to refresh the page in order to remove that name from cache.

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                            • Save the state of kernels in notebooks

                              It would be nice if we could save the state of notebook kernels so that we didn't have to re-run all the code after being disconnected.

                              3 votes
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                              • import from sharepoint

                                Import from a sharepoint online list would make life about 1000 times easier

                                9 votes
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                                • Add anytime package to AML Studio R installed packages

                                  Could you add anytime R package to AML Studio as intalled R package so we do not have to import it as script bundle from a zip file each time we would like to use it?

                                  15 votes
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                                  • Import/Export experiments and all related assets in a file

                                    I would like to be able to have a functionality within the Studio for importing exporting the experiments in a file (possibly JSON format but even a proprietary binary would be fine as well).

                                    The file should contain all the assets (not only their references like it happens now) so that I can seamlessly move experiments from different environments (QUAL-PROD etc.) and different subscriptions.

                                    Moreover this would allow to better share the experiments within the community storing the file for e.g. in github.

                                    9 votes
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                                    • notebooks.azure.com could be the ideal interface for: AzureML, HDInsight Spark + Jupyter & Batch

                                      It would be great to have one notebook interface that could connect to all the relevant services.

                                      This would also allow us to access notebooks, while a HDInsight cluster is stopped.

                                      10 votes
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                                      • Add Calibration Module (Reliability Plots, Breier Score, Platt Scaling, Isotonic Regression)

                                        Most learning algos do not produce well calibrated probabilities (typically either overconfident or underconfident) and one cannot directly use the scores in decision making. Two class Boosted Trees are performing well on several other aspects, but the score distribution is poor with bumps close to 0% and 100%. Current scaling transforms do not effectively solve this problem.

                                        11 votes
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                                        • Would like support for BUGS (Bayesian inference using Gibbs Sampling)

                                          Would like support for WinBUGS or OpenBUGS
                                          (Bayesian inference using Gibbs Sampling) program in AzureML.

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