Optimizing highway traffic, particularly during peak times, is a high priority for most local governments. Many policies have been tried to improve the situation, for instance, HOV lanes, adding more…Continue
In a nutshell, Moore's law says that every two years, computer capacity (memory, speed and so on) increases by a factor 2. How does this apply to big data? It seems like big data is also growing…Continue
Dr. Vincent Granville is a visionary data scientist with 15 years of big data, predictive modeling, digital and business analytics experience. Vincent is widely recognized as the leading expert in scoring technology, fraud detection and web traffic optimization and growth. Over the last ten years, he has worked in real-time credit card fraud detection with Visa, advertising mix optimization with CNET, change point detection with Microsoft, online user experience with Wells Fargo, search intelligence with InfoSpace, automated bidding with eBay, click fraud detection with major search engines, ad networks and large advertising clients.
Most recently, Vincent launched Data Science Central, the leading social network for big data, business analytics and data science practitioners. Vincent is a former post-doctorate of Cambridge University and the National Institute of Statistical Sciences. He was among the finalists at the Wharton School Business Plan Competition and at the Belgian Mathematical Olympiads. Vincent has published 40 papers in statistical journals and is an invited speaker at international conferences. He also developed a new data mining technology known as hidden decision trees, owns multiple patents, published the first data science book, and raised $6MM in start-up funding. Vincent is a top 20 big data influencers according to Forbes, was featured on CNN, and is #1 in Gil Press' A-List of data scientists.
A traditional business problem customized here to data science.
1. Identify the problem
This is an area of data science that the public is less familiar with. This example involves small data, simulations, and 18 years old crowdsourcing.
It's an attempt to explain the cause of the TWA Flight 800 that exploded near New York on July 17, 1996. I raised the possibility that a potential cause for the Malaysia Airlines flight that went missing last week, was being hit by a missile (accidental or not). Likewise, many people still believe that TWA 800 was destroyed by a…Continue
While companies complain about lack of analytic talent, professionals complain about lack of jobs. Everyone wants to work for Facebook, LinkedIn, Google, Intel, Apple, Twitter or some hot start-up. It creates fierce competition getting a job interview, let alone a job. But companies that do not belong to this circle see very few candidates applying for their data scientist open positions; in addition, they are only hiring what I call technical developers (defined by a narrow set of technical…Continue