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January 2015 Blog Posts (62)

Data Science Art

This picture below represents a piece of paper where I wrote down my ideas for new articles, in the last few days, when making my 10 am tea pause. The tea kettle leaked on the sheet, slowly creating the brown stain. Many of my previous ideas were written with a purple pen, creating the purple stains. 

What is amazing is the very realistic fractal shape of the…


Added by Vincent Granville on January 11, 2015 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Top 10 Big Data and Analytics References

Post Adapted from Top 10 Big Data and Analytics References

Price is what you pay, value is what you get

- Warren Buffett

Between rising Data…


Added by Alex Jones on January 11, 2015 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

Latest MOOCs on Data Science

As a programmer stepping into the world of data science, I'm following some Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on various provider websites. Here are some I've shortlisted:


The Data Scientist’s Toolbox (Johns Hopkins)

R Programming (Johns Hopkins)…


Added by Milad Soghrati on January 9, 2015 at 10:04pm — 6 Comments

Understanding the nature of IoT data

This post is in a series Twelve unique characteristics of IoT based Predictive analytics/machine learning.

Here, we discuss IoT devices and the nature of IoT data

Definitions and terminology

    Business insider…


Added by ajit jaokar on January 9, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Three Types Of Analytic Talent You Need

Guest blog by Cesar Brea, founding managing partner of Boston-based Force Five Partners, LLC, a marketing and sales analytics consulting firm. He is also the author of Marketing and Sales Analytics (Pearson FT Press, 2014).

Today’s case studies about data-driven marketing present stories of leaders and their successes. After all, history is written by the winners…


Added by Vincent Granville on January 9, 2015 at 9:34am — 2 Comments

Is Big Data the Single Biggest Threat To Your Job

Guest blog post by Bernard Marr

The biggest threat to your job might come from an unexpected place. I believe that there is a hidden assassin lurking in the background waiting to finish you off in your job. Let’s face it; job security is high on everyone’s wish list right now, especially at times of economic hardship when it might not be so easy to quickly find another one.

So how secure is your job? Where is this hidden threat coming from and how can you put yourself…


Added by Vincent Granville on January 9, 2015 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Competitive Intelligence: Are we looking over our shoulders?

Missing the landscape for the bars:

Any large global company would have a list of 10-15 companies that they deem as their strategic competitors. Let’s take the Investment Management industry. The usual suspects would include BlackRock, Vanguard, T.Rowe Price, PIMCO, Fidelity, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs and a few more such global powerhouses.

Chances are that the competitive intelligence teams would spend their time analyzing the details of each…


Added by Debleena Roy on January 8, 2015 at 9:37pm — No Comments

Why Topological Data Analysis Works

Topological data analysis has been very successful in discovering information in many large and complex data sets. In this post, I would like to discuss the reasons why it is an effective methodology.

One of the key messages around topological data analysis is that data has shape and the shape matters.…


Added by Jonathan Symonds on January 8, 2015 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Looking Forward: Big Data in 2015 by Gurjeet Singh

2014 has been a landmark year for Big Data. The most spectacular example of this was the Hortonworks IPO – a success by any measure.

As we look forward to 2015, it is clear that…


Added by Jonathan Symonds on January 8, 2015 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Weekly Digest, January 12

The full version is always published Monday. Starred articles or sections are new additions or updated content, posted between Thursday and Sunday. 



Added by Vincent Granville on January 7, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Top 10 bloggers writing about Tableau

For the past two years,Tableau Software has been publishing a monthly list they call the "Best of Tableau Web". Essentially, this list of nearly 500 publications represents the best articles, blog posts, techniques, etc. created by users of Tableau software. The selections of these sources have been made by Tableau employees and represents an unbiased assessment of the web-based activity related to Tableau Software.

All available sources have been compiled into a database and a…


Added by Kenneth C Black on January 7, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

Predictive Customer Intelligence

I co-authored an IBM Redguide on Predictive Customer Intelligence.  You can download a copy here:

Here is the Abstract:

What if you knew which customers would most likely respond to a campaign or marketing promotion? Or knew which customers are at risk for attrition and if given the chance could provide retention offers that significantly reduced the…

Added by Venky Rao on January 7, 2015 at 7:14am — No Comments

9 tips for effective data mining

In my career I’ve seen many examples of successful and unsuccessful data mining projects. I’m often asked how clients can maximise the chances of their project being successful and, based on the many projects I’ve been involved with over the years, I think there are 9 things that really help. When these factors are in place it always suggests to me that the project has a much higher likelihood of success.…

Added by Rachel Clinton on January 7, 2015 at 4:00am — 1 Comment

How to Lie with Visualizations: Statistics, Causation vs Correlation, and Intuition!

Post adapted from Correlation vs Causation: Visualization, Statistics, and Intuition!

As someone who has a tendency to think in numbers, I love when success is…


Added by Alex Jones on January 5, 2015 at 2:25pm — 7 Comments

Insight-driven vs. Intuition-driven Decision Making

Nowadays, the big buzzwords in business analytics are insights topped with actionable insights. These used and sometimes abused words have become a must have and must do in every large or small business that has an analytics organization. However, their meaning and use are as varied and widespread as the businesses that proudly promote them. As some business leaders got intoxicated with looking for and feel in dire need of business insights by any means, others would seek them at any cost,…


Added by Hassine Saidane on January 4, 2015 at 3:00am — 1 Comment

The 2 Types Of Data Scientists Everyone Should Know About

Guest blog post by Bernard Marr.

It depends entirely on how broadly you categorize them. In reality, of course – there are as many “types” of data scientist as there are people working in data science. I’ve worked with a lot, and have yet to meet two who are identical.

But what I have done here is separate data scientists into groups, containing individuals who share similar skills, methods, outlooks and responsibilities. Then I grouped those groups together, again and…


Added by Vincent Granville on January 3, 2015 at 11:00am — 7 Comments

Development as Art - Hopscotch and Robots

When I read a blog, I often find myself in deep thought as I approach the end, trying to determine if the author has said anything that I might be able to use. A blog doesn't have to say anything. Nor does it have to be useful to me specifically. It might simply offer a personal reflection on life. As a person who also writes blogs, I…


Added by Don Philip Faithful on January 3, 2015 at 8:16am — No Comments

Most popular data science skills

Interesting article posted recently by Ferris Jumah, Data and Products guy at LinkedIn. The author concludes that data scientists typically do the following:

  • Approach data with a mathematical mindset
  • Use a common language to access, explore and model data
  • Develop strong computer science and software engineering backgrounds

My belief…


Added by Vincent Granville on January 2, 2015 at 1:30pm — 8 Comments

How to start in Big Data Analytics if I come from IBM zOS arena?

Hi everyone, I could say the same that a colleague in Oracle DBA but I come from of world  IBM zOS mainframe (15 years experience in System area). I would like to start in the same field (Big Data & Analytics) but looking at the data analytic from data coming from IBM mainframe platform. So, which would be the best way to start? . (I'm familiarized with SMF records and I'have worked with other solutions like BSM (Business Service Management) and…


Added by Manuel Perez on January 2, 2015 at 6:34am — No Comments

Get started with Hadoop and Spark in 10 minutes

With the big 3 Hadoop vendors – Cloudera, …


Added by Maloy Manna on January 1, 2015 at 1:46pm — 1 Comment

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