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Advanced Analytics with TIBCO Spotfire® Data Functions

Last updated:
6:08pm May 26, 2022


TIBCO Spotfire® makes it easy for you to analyze data from any number of data sources. Using this data, you can create predictive models and apply advanced techniques within the Spotfire environment. You can also use R models and run them within Spotfire using the in-built TIBCO® Enterprise Runtime for R  engine, as well a leveraging advanced analytics from Python, SAS, MATLAB and databases. You can seamlessly go from data to charts, charts to charts and charts to data which gives you complete flexibility in how you want to analyze data and take advantage of advanced  modeling techniques. You spend time generating insights from your data rather than working on logistics of data and multiple tools.

And once you create an analysis, you can easily share this interactive analysis with others via the Spotfire Library and Spotfire Web Player.

Webinars, Whitepapers, Customer Stories and related Wiki pages


Using Advanced Analytic Engines from Spotfire

Spotfire Help Files: What are Data Functions?

TIBCO Enterprise Runtime for R

  • TIBCO's enterprise-grade runtime for the R language
  • Software Required
    • For desktop use, TIBCO Enterprise Runtime for R is automatically Installed with Spotfire Desktop/Analyst, and you can use it directly. For example, you can configure RStudio to open the same TIBCO Enterprise Runtime for R engine, and easily dowload and install CRAN packages for use with TIBCO Enterprise Runtime for R. 
    • For cloud use, TIBCO Enterprise Runtime for R is included on TIBCO Cloud™ Spotfire®. You can design data functions with Spotfire Analyst for TIBCO Cloud™ Spotfire®, and then publish them to TIBCO Cloud™ Spotfire®. You can use any of the nearly 600 CRAN packages also available on TIBCO Cloud™ Spotfire®. To reviewa list of the available packages, see
    • To use TIBCO Enterprise Runtime for R in Spotfire Web applications, Spotfire Statistics Services is required. 
  • More info

Open Source R


  • Software Required
    • Spotfire Statistics Services
    • SAS license
  • More info
    • See Configuring a SAS Engine in the  TIBCO Spotfire Statistics Services Installation Guide for info on configuring it to use SAS.
    • Sample Data Functions and Analysis files for SAS are provided for your Spotfire Library. If you do not see the data functions, consult your library administrator.


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There are a few options for how to use Python for Advanced Analytics in spotfire. As of Spotfire 10.7 there is native support for Python Data functions in Spotfire Analyst (the installed Spotfire client) which is the prefered method. Read more about it here.

If you are on an older version of Spotfire please see the FAQ and the heading "I have an earlier version of Spotfire. Can I use Python in some other way?"