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When to hire a data scientist: before or after a big crisis?

Should you be proactive, hire an expert before a crisis, or just hire someone when you have a major problem, such as

  1. Huge, unexpected churn requiring root cause analysis (happened to T-Mobile in 2011)
  2. Increasingly sophisticated…
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Added by Vincent Granville on April 23, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

New Research on Big Data

Two new research reports on big data flash out its early impact on enterprise IT.

David Newman, Research VP at Gartner and a member of its Enterprise Architecture team, warns in Big Data Disruptions Tamed With Enterprise Architecture that “Big data will disrupt your business. Your actions will determine whether these disruptions are positive or negative.“ Newman sees three areas…

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Added by Gil Press on April 22, 2012 at 4:32pm — 1 Comment

Big Data Analytics 2012 Conference, London 20th June 2012

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Big Data Analytics 2012 Conference

Hotel Russell, London 20th June 2012

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Added by Vincent Granville on April 19, 2012 at 7:07am — No Comments

Splunk, Big Data’s First IPO, Begins Trading on Nasdaq Today

Sometime today, shares of the data analysis company Splunk will start trading on the Nasdaq National Market in New York, after pricing last night at $17 a share. The company’s offering has raised about $230 million.

Splunk is not your traditional big-data company, in that it is running some variant of Hadoop, like so many upstart companies in that space. Its specialty, as …

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Added by Vincent Granville on April 19, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

The key factor to optimize analytic recruiting, based on job board data

Companies hiring analytic talent have been complaining for a few years about how hard it is to find good data scientist. Our analysis of job board data (based on Indeed, Datashaping and Analyticbridge statistics) reveals that a job ad specifying two possible locations - e.g. San Francisco, CA or Boston, MA - generates on average 5 times more page views, than a job ad targeting a single location.

The impact is…

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Added by Vincent Granville on April 16, 2012 at 2:33pm — No Comments

Data Scientists... and the Rest of Us

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Recently, I’ve been feeling like I’ve stepped through a looking glass to another similar-but-very-different world. I’m steeped in 20+ years in corporate data warehousing and business intelligence practice. Throughout that time, there have been big and small technology improvements, but nothing truly disruptive (although new…

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Added by Stan Mason on April 13, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

BIG Data Mining and Predictive Modeling - Plate Tectonics, But Not an Earth Quake

BIG data, Mobile, Web, Cloud - Plate Tectonics, But Not an Earth Quake for Some -The Destruction/Construction of Trillion Dollars Shift in the Next 10 years

The desperation for change worth $100s Billions has started happening.  I see the signs in retail, health, security, and privacy that will get shaken due…
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Added by Patricia Tenanty on April 13, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

30 unusual applications of data sciences, analytics and big data

Outside the traditional business analytics / BI fields.

  1. Algorithms and Numerical Techniques
  2. Application Design and Porting Techniques
  3. Astronomy and Astrophysics
  4. Audio, Image and Video Processing
  5. Bioinformatics…
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Added by Vincent Granville on April 12, 2012 at 9:42am — No Comments

Vestas Wind Systems Turns to IBM Big Data Analytics for Smarter Wind Energy

“Firestorm” Supercomputer to Help Maximize Turbine Performance

IBM big data analytics software and powerful IBM systems to improve wind turbine placement for optimal energy output. Turbine placement is a major challenge for the renewable energy industry, and Vestas expects to accelerate the adoption of wind energy internationally and expand its business into new markets by overcoming this challenge.  

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Added by Stan Mason on April 10, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Let's Get MAD! (and share your analytic genius)

There is a great blog post at Sigmod by Joe Hellerstein about MADlib:

MADlib is an open-source library of scalable in-database algorithms for machine learning, statistics and other analytic tasks. MADlib is supported with people-power from Greenplum; researchers at Berkeley, Florida and Wisconsin are also contributing. The project recently released a …

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Added by Richard Snee on April 9, 2012 at 9:27am — No Comments

To Sample Or Not To Sample… Does It Even Matter?

So the question is…when do you sample and when do you not?  And does it even matter anymore in the world of big data?  To Sample Or Not To Sample .. Does It Even Matter?

As I’ll lay out here, in most cases today there is no point in wasting energy worrying about it.  As long as a few basic criteria are met, do whatever you prefer.

First, let’s take care of the cases where sampling just won’t work.  If you need to find the top 100 spending customers, you can’t do that with a sample.  You’ll have to look at…

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Added by Amelia Paige on April 9, 2012 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

13 great articles about analytics / data science from major news outlets

Faces of Deloitte Analytics

http://www.analyticbridge.com/group/faces-of-analytics-and-data-sci...

eBay, IHG, Equifax and IBM discuss enterprise big data (June 27-28, San Francisco)…

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Added by Vincent Granville on April 5, 2012 at 6:29pm — No Comments

Can Apple give police a key to your encrypted iPhone data? ARS

Does Apple have a backdoor that it can use to help law enforcement bypass your iPhone's passcode?.Can Apple give police a key to your encrypted iPhone data? Ars investigates  That question became front and center this week when training materials (PDF) for the California District Attorneys Association started being distributed online with a line implying that Apple could do so if the appropriate request was filed by…
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Added by Stan Mason on April 4, 2012 at 2:27pm — No Comments

A Telescope That Generates More Data Than the Entire Internet

There’s a massive telescope on the drawing board that hasn’t even started construction yet, but when it’s finished in 2024,

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it’ll generate more data in a single day than the entire Internet. For scientists to ensure they’ll be able to handle all that raw information, they need to start working on new computing technologies now. Fortunately, IBM is on it.

The computing giant is collaborating with ASTRON (the Netherlands Institute of Radio Astronomy) to develop…

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Added by Amelia Paige on April 3, 2012 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

The Top 10 Business Analysis Skills for 2012 | Batimes

Author: Angela Wick, CBAP, PMP – Angela advises organizations in developing BACoEs, BA practices, and growing BA competencies. 
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I like to think of the BA role as a broker of information, getting big picture and details from many different people, groups, executives, subject matter experts,…

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Added by Vincent Granville on March 30, 2012 at 7:58am — No Comments

Obama administration to push big data agenda | Gigaom

Big data must really be big to get its own White House-sanctioned research and development push.

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy will host a  live webcastThursday at 2 p.m. eastern time to outline how the government can “help big data” with its Big Data Research and Development…

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Added by Vincent Granville on March 30, 2012 at 6:58am — No Comments

Data Scientists: Do You Want to Deliver More Than Business as Usual Workforce Insights?

Your firm is awash in workforce data and your team of data scientists have been charged with making sense of it and extracting meaningful insights the business can use. How do you do this? There are many different approaches to analyzing workforce data to choose from but the amount of relevant insight yielded really depends on the goals of the analysis.

If the goal is to take more of a traditional approach to workforce analytics, where the same datasets are massaged to try to squeeze…

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Added by Mike Kennedy on March 29, 2012 at 9:18am — No Comments

Question: Where is the happiest place in New York City?

Where is the happiest place in New York City? A mathematics and statistics team from the University of Vermont, with a little help from Twitter data, seems to know! (hint: UWS!)

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Added by Richard Snee on March 26, 2012 at 1:33pm — No Comments

Twitter Data Scientist Takes on McDonald's Entire Menu, Survives

From MIT's Technology Review - 

"Data science is so new that there are no textbooks on the subject, and no university curricula designed to turn out data scientists. Yet it's integral to everything from quantitative trading on Wall Street to ad targeting on the web and the optimization of real-world supply chains."

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Added by Richard Snee on March 24, 2012 at 12:42pm — 1 Comment

Berkeley course on Data Science

Instructor is former Facebook data star. See http://datascienc.es.

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Added by Vincent Granville on March 24, 2012 at 9:04am — 1 Comment

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