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Anaconda

Anaconda is great for academic and private organizations that cannot afford more expensive Python/R package managers. Also, it is more appropriate for intermediate to advanced Python users--Anaconda can be somewhat frustrating for beginners, as it takes some practice to get comfortable with the workflow. I find it particularly useful for working in teams, because if everyone uses the same package manager, it is easier to troubleshoot issues and makes for reproducible research. For wealthier organizations, a premium package management system (with tech support) would be ideal. Anaconda is also great for people working independently on code development.
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Factiva

A large part of our work depends on the ability to source quality media content from a breadth of dependable sources globally. This is Factiva's bread and butter: it has a very comprehensive list of 'quality' media sources such as nationals, dailies, business journals and magazines from around the world that are easily mined for the content they hold. If you're thinking about anything other than these 'traditional' media sources then Factiva probably isn't your thing. It doesn't do social media.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Data Exploration

Anaconda
7.5
Factiva
Visualization
Anaconda
7.0
Factiva
Interactive Data Analysis
Anaconda
8.0
Factiva

Data Preparation

Anaconda
7.0
Factiva
Interactive Data Cleaning and Enrichment
Anaconda
7.0
Factiva
Data Transformations
Anaconda
8.0
Factiva
Data Encryption
Anaconda
6.0
Factiva
Built-in Processors
Anaconda
7.0
Factiva

Platform Data Modeling

Anaconda
5.7
Factiva
Automated Machine Learning
Anaconda
4.0
Factiva
Single platform for multiple model development
Anaconda
7.0
Factiva
Self-Service Model Delivery
Anaconda
6.0
Factiva

Model Deployment

Anaconda
4.5
Factiva
Flexible Model Publishing Options
Anaconda
5.0
Factiva
Security, Governance, and Cost Controls
Anaconda
4.0
Factiva

BI Standard Reporting

Anaconda
Factiva
3.1
Pixel Perfect reports
Anaconda
Factiva
6.0
Customizable dashboards
Anaconda
Factiva
2.1
Report Formatting Templates
Anaconda
Factiva
1.1

Ad-hoc Reporting

Anaconda
Factiva
3.1
Drill-down analysis
Anaconda
Factiva
4.0
Formatting capabilities
Anaconda
Factiva
1.1
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Anaconda
Factiva
6.0
Report sharing and collaboration
Anaconda
Factiva
1.1

Report Output and Scheduling

Anaconda
Factiva
6.8
Publish to Web
Anaconda
Factiva
5.0
Publish to PDF
Anaconda
Factiva
10.0
Report Versioning
Anaconda
Factiva
7.0
Report Delivery Scheduling
Anaconda
Factiva
5.0

Data Discovery and Visualization

Anaconda
Factiva
5.4
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Anaconda
Factiva
1.1
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Anaconda
Factiva
8.0
Predictive Analytics
Anaconda
Factiva
7.0

Access Control and Security

Anaconda
Factiva
8.0
Multi-User Support (named login)
Anaconda
Factiva
10.0
Role-Based Security Model
Anaconda
Factiva
8.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Anaconda
Factiva
6.0

Mobile Capabilities

Anaconda
Factiva
5.3
Responsive Design for Web Access
Anaconda
Factiva
5.0
Dedicated iOS Application
Anaconda
Factiva
5.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Anaconda
Factiva
6.0

Pros

  • Installing packages is very easy with Anaconda. Anaconda comes with 'anaconda navigator', a terminal-like utility from which you can easily install R packages and python libraries.
  • Launching R and python IDEs as well as Jupyter notebooks from anaconda navigator is simple, and Anaconda makes it very easy to keep these packages up-to-date.
  • I really like the fact that if you don't want to install the full version of Anaconda, you can opt to install a lightweight version (called Miniconda) that includes less python libraries and only core conda. I've installed it when I didn't want to take up as much disk space as Anaconda requires, but it works just the same.
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  • Factiva has some quality news sources within its database. You know it's a robust, reliable and trustworthy source of content.
  • The Boolean logic search engine can seem a little daunting at first, but it is a very powerful tool to help you get the most out of running searches. The syntax and query structure generally follows the same as most 'keyword search' engines, but it has some quirks that you need to be aware of - operators in lower case, or running multi word / phrase searches outside of quote marks.
  • The filtering capability is simplistic but highly sophisticated. Filter content by source, region, language, company, industry and subject matter to really help hone results. The amount of back data readily available in the tool is impressive too meaning that running historical searches over large a timeframe is quick and easy.
  • Results shown include a highlighted section to indicate where keywords have matched - a nice addition to help you quickly identify the relevant bits of content you need.
  • You have the option to further tailor searches, and the ability to save individual searches for quick recall is a nice feature.
  • The tool is fast. It can handle complex searches and mine data going back years very very quickly. Most impressive
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Cons

  • Although I have generally had positive experiences with Anaconda, I have had trouble installing specific python libraries. I tried to remedy the solution by updating other packages, but in the end, things got really messed up, and I ended up having to uninstall and reinstall a total of about 4 times over the past 2 years.
  • If you have the free version of Anaconda, there is not much support. Googling questions and error messages are helpful, but there were times when I wished I would have been able to ask technical support to help me troubleshoot issues.
  • There were a few times when I tried to install tensorflow and tensorboard via Anaconda on a PC, but I could not get them to install properly. Anaconda allows you to create 'environments' , which allow you to install specific versions of python and associated libraries. You can keep your environments separate so they do not conflict with one another. Anyway, I ended up having to create several 'conda envrionments' just so I could use tensforflow/tensorboard and a few other utilities to avoid errors. This was somewhat annoying, because every time I wanted to run a specific model, I'd have to open up the specific conda environment with the appropriate python libraries.
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  • While the source list available is strong, there is limited if next to no social media in the tool. OK, it's Factiva, we know it doesn't do social media, but if it ran social media searches in the same way it handled news searches this would be a formidable tool for anyone to use.
  • Export functionality is good but a little restrictive. While the tool exports a multitude of formats (headlines only, headlines and full text etc) the number of records you can export in one hit is relatively small if your initial search returns 1,000s of items. This is a shame given how powerful the tool is in running queries and building a deck of results.
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Alternatives Considered

I have experience using RStudio oustide of Anaconda. RStudio can be installed via anaconda, but I like to use RStudio separate from Anaconda when I am worin in R. I tend to use Anaconda for python and RStudio for working in R. Although installing libraries and packages can sometimes be tricky with both RStudio and Anaconda, I like installing R packages via RStudio. However, for anything python-related, Anaconda is my go to!
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Each of the tools I have described share the same kind of premise: the main thing they do is source and collect media content. Then to varying degrees they run filters against this content and produce a range of data visualisations and ways of slicing the data and content. Factiva's strength lies more in the sourcing of content than in the manipulation of the results (much like the others do with more sophisticated dashboards and visual interpretations). We chose it because of the integrity of its sourcing breadth. It doesn't matter so much about the display of results because the source material you're working with isn't as dynamic as say social media.
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Return on Investment

  • Anaconda helps a lot for standardizing the Python analytic environment, speeding up the research progress, saving a lot of extra setting up time.
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Anaconda

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Factiva

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Free Trial
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