PredictionIO just raised $2.5M in a seed fund round. The startup, made up of a team with experiences in China, US and UK, offers open source servers for machine learning, a supposedly comprehensive predictive analysis service that is normally expensive to build.

A few decades ago, only big companies like IBM and the government could afford to tap into machine learning. As of today, machine learning is a piece of technology that has planted itself into many industries, including but not limited to Internet search, fraud investigation, recommendations.

By making it open source, PredictionIO aims to lower the costs for individual programmers and small businesses who want to “build smarter stuff with just a few lines of code.” It’s also developer-friendly, meaning that no machine learning knowledge is required of users. In so doing, PredictionIO hopes to “make building machine learning in software as common as search.” The goal is to become MySQL – an open source database that has become the the world’s most deployed database in the web and cloud – in the prediction market.

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Rita Liao

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