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Deron Eriksson resolved SYSTEMML-153.
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       Resolution: Won't Fix
    Fix Version/s: Not Applicable

This issue was address by 
[PR66|https://github.com/apache/incubator-systemml/pull/66], which I closed 
since no consensus could be reached.

As I menioned on the PR, "Since no consensus could be reached and the MLContext 
API allows data input without what I would consider burdensome mandatory 
metadata requirements, I'll close this PR."

> Allow input data file without requiring corresponding metadata file
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>
>                 Key: SYSTEMML-153
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/SYSTEMML-153
>             Project: SystemML
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>            Reporter: Deron Eriksson
>             Fix For: Not Applicable
>
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> Right now a metadata file is required for an input data file. For example, a 
> matrix.csv file would typically require a matrix.csv.mtd file. Creating a 
> .mtd manually is a minor annoyance in terms of consumability of SystemML. It 
> would be nice if there were some mechanism so that a metadata file does not 
> need to be provided in all cases.
> One possibility is that if no metadata file is present, SystemML could assume 
> a particular default format (for example, a comma-separated delimited file). 
> The number of rows and columns could be determined by parsing the file. This 
> might work well for small files but not necessarily well for enormous files.
> A possible way to solve this would be to use a file extension to indicate 
> that you have a small input data file and you don't want to have to provide a 
> metadata file. For example, you could have a matrix.csv-nomtd file. The .csv 
> part of the extension indicates that it's a csv file, and the -nomtd part of 
> the extension indicates that you don't want to provide metadata.



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