Does anyone use Macbook for text mining work? I'm thinking to buy a new one.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Zerosopher, Nov 15, 2016.

  1. Zerosopher macrumors regular

    Zerosopher

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    I'm a research student working on text mining areas.

    I normally use Macbook Air 2013 (13 inches, 1.7 GHz Intel Core i7, 8 GB RAM, 256GB) to process heavy tasks of text processing.

    Sometimes I find that my machine runs load of things and I hear noise (kinda fan noise but not sure if it has a fan) from it.

    When it runs, there is no sign of the slowness of the macOS. But I think that I need more space due to the work.

    Thus, I'm thinking of to get a new Macbook Pro but hesitating about its limited ports and CPU performances.

    Is there anyone here working on Text Mining area? How long have you used your machine.

    Thank you.
     
  2. therealseebs macrumors 65816

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    Haven't done text mining, specifically. What kind of performance are you seeing? How disk-bound is the work? Do you have any kind of benchmark or test case you could run on another machine to compare results?
     
  3. Zerosopher thread starter macrumors regular

    Zerosopher

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    Sorry I did not make it clear. Aside from running experiments, storing data (i.e. 7 GB textual data + images), storing research documents, and installing heavy programs (Xcode, DreamWeaver, Bootcamp, SPSS) , I also use my Macbook for personal leisures as well (store pics from iPhone, music, voice records, etc). I don't have any benchmark or other machines to compare with. I just notice there is a noice sometimes when I run heavy stuff. Instead of a replacing a new SSD to get more space, should I just buy a new one and add more RAM and SSD.
     
  4. yillbs macrumors 6502

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    I have the i7 , I'm doing some data mining for development purposes and I'm seeing so much improvement in these ssd drives. You're going to fall in love if you move from the mac book air over to one of these for large databases and text. I'm compiling 4gb files in mere seconds compared to minutes previously.
     
  5. Zerosopher thread starter macrumors regular

    Zerosopher

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    Wow. That's gonna be very awesome with 4gb files. Which model is your previous macbook? How long that you have been using it?
     
  6. bizack macrumors 6502

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    What on Earth are you compiling into a 4GB file? That's getting into OS territory. And seconds to compile a 4GB file?
     

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