Developed by the Apache Foundation, Mahout is an open source platform which focuses on the unsupervised learning process. The software excels at creating machine learning algorithms for clustering, classification, and collaborative filtering. Mahout is catered toward individuals with more advanced backgrounds. The program allows mathematicians, statisticians, and data scientists to create, test, and implement their own algorithms. While Mahout does include several turn-key algorithms, such as a recommender, which organizations can deploy with minimal effort, the larger platform does require a more specialized background to leverage its full capabilities.