Different Territory? RapidMiner Terminology
This is nerdy language comment. As I mentioned earlier, I’m working to catch up with the RapidMiner Assignments. Going over the tutorials, I found RapidMiner’s terms curiously unfamiliar while the appearance of data structures seemed very familiar. For example, the Preprocessing operator calls a “field”–a common term in database parlance–an “attribute”.
I found in Wikipedia this reference to attributes, Attribute (computing) and a a section which offhandedly explains terms,
I thought it interesting transformation. Then the ‘light bulb’ goes off in my brain when I realized that ‘attributes’ are ‘fields’.
On Wikipedia I found another page connecting the term ‘attribute’ to the programming parlance of objects. This helps also, because I’m familiar with ‘attributes’ in the programming lexical space.
Funnily enough, Wikipedia’s OOP page says this,
And there are other examples also. Tableau and RapidMiner refer to repositories and data and ignore the basic terms database and file. I recognized immediately when I stared with Tableau what was going on in the language. But the lower-level terms were tripping me up.
Good thing a filter is not a sieve. Oh! Wait. That’s cooking…
For more on RapidMiner terms see their terminology video (12m).
Here’s another example: confidence == probability
 At least in SQL databases and desktop applications such as FileMaker