February 2015 Blog Posts (54)

Building blocks of data science

I saw a chart on Twitter, about the precursors to data science. I was surprised to see that their graph is missing many links and entities such as computer science. Data science contributes more to statistics than the other way around. This view is biased…


Added by Vincent Granville on February 27, 2015 at 3:30pm — 19 Comments

Is Microsoft Putting Big Data At The Heart Of Their Business?

Since it was founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen, Microsoft has been a key player in just about every major advance in the use of computers, at home and in business.

Just as it anticipated the rise of the personal computer, the graphical operating system and the internet, it wasn’t taken by surprise by the dawn of the big data era. It might not always be the principle source of innovation, but it has always excelled at bringing innovation to the masses, and packaging it into…


Added by Bernard Marr on February 27, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Why Women Make Great Data Scientists

I often receive phone calls from organizations, aspiring data scientists and reporters about whether data science would be a good career choice for women. My response is absolutely yes, for the following reasons:

Women are great contrarian…


Added by Michael Walker on February 27, 2015 at 10:10am — 14 Comments

Who are the Top Hirers for Data Scientists?

Guest blog post.

In our previous article, we looked at some of the top locations in the US which had data scientists and also the top companies who existed in our LinkedIn Networks in the data science area.  In this article, we look at the top hirers of data…


Added by Vincent Granville on February 27, 2015 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Improving Network Security with Big Data

Having a secure network is vital in today’s digital landscape and with so many headlines about data breaches and identity theft, security is of the utmost importance. For some companies, this loss of information to the often unknown hacker is a huge embarrassment and can lead to enormous losses in sales and widespread consumer mistrust.



Added by Nick Rojas on February 26, 2015 at 2:33pm — No Comments

Big data and the retail industry: infographics

Submitted by ColourFast. Enjoy!

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Added by Vincent Granville on February 26, 2015 at 11:20am — No Comments

Data Visualization: A Day in the Life of Worldreader

Recently we did a project with Worldreader to visualize their global impact. Here is an animated globe showing readers using Worldreader mobile, based on WebGL Globe by the Google Data Arts Team. (Best viewed in Google Chrome.)…


Added by Cameron Turner on February 26, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Data + Science = Sexy

I have been following the news on data science and wanted to share some of the titles here : The sexiest job of the 21th century, Ten Trends on Data Science, How to become a data scientist, What is data science, so on..

I wonder how and when data and science became sexy and everybody started to have a stake in data science. Is it because young energetic technology companies of Silicon Valley HAS named it that way? Do we need more data or do we have more data nowadays? Whether the data…


Added by Meltem Ballan on February 25, 2015 at 6:35am — 3 Comments

Weekly Digest - March 2

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


  • What are the 5 creative search solutions based on Text Analytics? Do you know the story inside your data? …

Added by Vincent Granville on February 24, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

An Open-Source JavaScript Library for Mobile-Friendly Interactive Maps

Leaflet is a modern open-source JavaScript library for mobile-friendly interactive maps. It is developed by Vladimir Agafonkin with a team of dedicated contributors. Weighing just about 33 KB of JS, it has all the …


Added by Mirko Krivanek on February 24, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Visualization of data science patterns

We've made a new interactive visualization of data science patterns. 

The original infographics allows you to zoom in to find the various patterns; see snapshot below:…


Added by Linda Terlouw on February 24, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Have You Heard About DRILL?

Summary:  Of all the current Apache projects DRILL stands a good chance of being really revolutionary.

Hive, Pig, Spark, Yarn, Zoo Keeper, Falcon, Flume, Nutch, Sqoop, Storm.  Unless…


Added by William Vorhies on February 23, 2015 at 11:14am — No Comments

A solution for classification rules management toward actionable analytics


The analytics community has long been discussing whether analytics is about art or science. Analytics is more an art than a science in its ability to form conditions to drive business toward an action that is based on the confidence that the action will improve business performance. This ability to be actionable have recognized recently as…


Added by Nissim Matatov on February 20, 2015 at 1:46pm — No Comments

Data Scientists: Where do you all live?

Guest blog post.

Data Science Central is one of the largest communities of analysts and data scientists in the world. We set about analyzing our database to understand a little bit more about the data scientist community. This is part of our continuing effort to give more insight into the data science industry.

Here is the distribution of members for the Top 50…


Added by Vincent Granville on February 20, 2015 at 1:14pm — 9 Comments

Big Data: The 4 Layers Everyone Must Know

Big Data still causes a lot of confusion in people's heads: What really is it? What is new and what is old wine in new bottles? In order to bring a little more clarity to the concept I thought it might help to describe the 4 key layers of a big data system - i.e. the different stages the data itself has to pass through on its journey from raw statistic or snippet of unstructured data (for example, social media post) to actionable insight.

The whole point of a big data strategy is to…


Added by Bernard Marr on February 20, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Hadoop's impact in Data Management's future - Strata + Hadoop 2015

As Hadoop and the surrounding projects & vendors mature, their impact on the data management sector is growing. Amr will talk about his views on how that impact will change over the next five years. How central will Hadoop be to the data center of 2020? What industries will benefit most? Which technologies are at risk of displacement or encroachment? 

View video: Hadoop's…


Added by Nuno Fernandes on February 20, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

10 Modern Statistical Concepts Discovered by Data Scientists

You sometimes hear from some old-fashioned statisticians that data scientists know nothing about statistics, and that they - the statisticians - know everything. Here we prove that actually it is the exact opposite: data science has its own core of statistical science research, in addition to data plumbing,…


Added by Vincent Granville on February 19, 2015 at 7:00pm — 6 Comments

The Real Life Consequences of a Losing Oscar Pool: How We Misunderstand Statistics and Make Bad Choices

This week, movie fans around the country engage in the annual ritual of handicapping the Oscar odds, debating public predictions and seeking signs of how their favorites will fare. Can “Birdman” knock out “Boyhood?” Will the “Selma” snub continue?

Hollywood watchers sometimes try to base their calls on statistics, citing the higher Oscar chances for films already honored with British Academy Film or Screen Actors Guild awards. In…


Added by Peter Bruce on February 19, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Big Data, a promised land where the Big Bucks grow

Consider this: Many people come up to me in the street, and, apropos of nothing, they ask me how they can make money from Big Data.

Normally I would send such people to see a specialist – no, not a guru, but a sort of health specialist, but because…


Added by Martyn Jones on February 19, 2015 at 2:30am — 1 Comment

The One Thing We Can Agree On as Political Polling Begins: Understanding Statistics

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker may be surging as an early favorite for the Republican presidential nomination — but the numbers show the person leading among potential Iowa caucus-goers often doesn’t win. In the Democratic field, Hillary Clinton is the most dominant position …


Added by Peter Bruce on February 18, 2015 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

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