The Emcien FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I use Emcien Software?

Emcien software helps business users and data experts get to the right answer quickly. Our three core software products automate data discovery, analysis, and predictions faster than any other solution.

Our clients have used Emcien to:

What hardware will I need to run Emcien?

Emcien runs on machines from a single laptop all the way to 64 core Enterprise level servers, and includes Windows, Mac, and Linux environments. Emcien offers its solutions as a cloud offering or as an on-premise virtual machine.

Our on-premise Open-VM solutions support most popular virtualization platforms such as VMware, Virtual Box, and others. To see how fast you can be up and running, check out the instructions on our Knowledge Base.

What data preparation is needed to use Emcien?

EmcienScan requires no data preparation at all. Simply upload a file or connect to a data source to automatically discover the connections across your data.

EmcienPatterns’ automated analysis engine works with a variety of data formats. Our automated data optimization tool will preprocess your data before analysis. Please see our data requirements for more information.

What types of data does Emcien support?

Yes. Emcien supports any type of text-based data, including:

  • Structured
  • Unstructured
  • Streaming
  • Static
  • Machine
  • Blended

We support a growing number of formats, including the most common file types. Please see our data requirements for the complete list.

Does Emcien support data blending?


Yes. While you cannot use Emcien to blend or mash up data, you can analyze blended data or data mashups using Emcien.

How do I load data into Emcien?

We provide a number of different ways to analyze data. Many data sources can be connected directly via ODBC, and we support direct file uploads, drag and drop individual files through the GUI, or automate repetitive data connections via our APIs.

How do I embed or integrate Emcien into my platform?

You can use Emcien’s APIs to embed our automated data analysis engine into your platform. The process works as follows:

  1. Using an API call, your system sends data to Emcien.
  2. Emcien automatically analyzes your data at intervals you choose, such as daily, weekly, or monthly.
  3. After analysis, your system uses another API call to get an output file from Emcien. You can use this file to make real-time predictions using Emcien’s prediction engine or any other solution.

Can Emcien analyze more than one data set at a time?

Yes. Emcien’s automated data analysis engine can analyze multiple, unrelated data sets at the same time. Additionally, you can run multiples instances of our real-time prediction engine at the same time or at remote locations.

How does Emcien differ from other predictive analysis tools?

Emcien analytics software is fast, easy to use, and can be automated with EmcienPredict or through our APIs.

Most predictive analytics solutions rely on data experts to study the data and build models. This manual process takes weeks or even months, producing stale and incomplete results.

While most solutions try to accelerate existing methods, Emcien’s software transforms the entire analytics work flow, from automated data discovery to highly accurate predictions on new and streaming data.

How does Emcien work?

Emcien’s analysis engine automatically creates a graph model of the co-occurrence of data points of your data. From this complete mode, the engine identifies the predictive patterns into a collection of predictive rules, ready for real-time predictions or other uses.

These rules then power Emcien’s real-time prediction engine. The prediction engine automatically measures incoming data, static or streaming, against those complex rules to make real-time predictions. You can run multiple instances of the prediction engine at the same time, even in remote locations and without a network connection. Update the predictive rules as often as needed.

How does the software work?

The core of Emcien software, the Pattern Analysis Engine, automatically identifies and ranks relationships in data using graph analytics.

Representing the data by its co-occurring relationships, the Patterns engine can determine the relative strength of those relationships and identify valuable and predictive patterns.

The result is software that allows you to select an outcome and see, in order, the different corresponding events or data points without the human errors that come with common analytics approaches.

See our technology page for more details.

Is this similar to graph databases?

In short, no. Graph databases are a storage solution that allow for faster querying because of their graph-based structure. Emcien’s solution set are not storage of any kind, but an in-memory graph representation of the relationships in your data.

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