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Featured Blog Posts – March 2016 Archive (84)

7 Cases Where Big Data Isn’t Better

Summary:  It’s become almost part of our culture to believe that more data, particularly Big Data quantities of data will result in better models and therefore better business value.  The problem is it’s just not always true.  Here are 7 cases that make the point.


Following the literature and the technology you would think there is…


Added by William Vorhies on March 10, 2016 at 2:15pm — 5 Comments

Why the Time-Tested Science of Data Visualization Is So Powerful

For almost as long as we have been writing, we’ve been putting meaning into maps, charts, and graphs. Some 1,300 years ago, Chinese astronomers recorded the position of the stars and the shapes of the constellations. The Dunhuang star maps are the oldest preserved atlas of the sky:

More than 500 years ago, the residents of the Marshall Islands learned to navigate the surrounding waters by canoe in the daytime—without the aid of stars. These master rowers learned to…


Added by Jeff Pettiross on March 10, 2016 at 8:58am — No Comments

Weekly Digest, March 14

Starred articles are new additions or updated content, posted between Thursday and Sunday. The weekly digest has six sections: (1) Featured Resources and Technical Contributions, (2) Featured Articles and Case Studies, (3) From our Sponsors, (4) News, Events, Books, Training, Forum Questions, (5) Picture of the Week, and (6) Syndicated Content.

The full version is always published Monday.…


Added by Vincent Granville on March 9, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

Protecting your data and your business

As the number of Internet users and businesses working online is growing, there are also more and more criminals in cyber space. If you want to keep your business safe, you have to learn some basics about the way Internet protection works. Also, you will have to seek assistance from tech and financial advisers to make your data and assets safe from online theft.…


Added by Gabriella Diesendorf on March 9, 2016 at 1:30am — No Comments

The Death of the Statistical Tests of Hypotheses

Some foundations of statistical science have been questioned recently, especially the use and abuse of p-values. See also this article published in Statistical tests of…


Added by Vincent Granville on March 8, 2016 at 1:00pm — 9 Comments

Independent Analytics Vendor (IAV) – a new vendor category?

ISVs are commonplace in software and technology business. Per Wikipedia, an independent software vendor (ISV) is an organization specializing in making software, designed for mass or niche markets. This is in contrast to software developed for in-house use only within an organization or software designed or adapted for a single, specific…


Added by PG Madhavan on March 8, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

Apache Spark and R : The best of both worlds.

As folks working in the field of Data Science and Analytics would know, R is one of the best languages to do data analytics and machine learning. Its simple and easy to use syntax and support for a huge library of capabilities makes it a top Data Science language. But the biggest limitation of R is the amount of data it can process. Its data processing capacity is limited to memory on a single node (at least the free version.).

Apache Spark is taking the Big…


Added by Kumaran Ponnambalam on March 8, 2016 at 10:04am — 1 Comment

How to Tell a Compelling Story with Data - 6 Rules & 6 Tools

Author: Gaurav Jha.

The way a message is communicated is almost as important as the message itself. Our world is moving towards a more data-oriented approach to decision making in every walk of life. Packaging the analysis in a way that’s easy to digest can increase its reach and effectiveness. Humans have evolved to develop a very acute sense of…


Added by Surendran B on March 8, 2016 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Scikit-Learn Tutorial Series

Kaggle released a series with tutorials in their blog. I recommend to anyone who is starting or want to learn more about the tool.…


Added by Diego Marinho de Oliveira on March 8, 2016 at 12:30am — No Comments

Adopting Self-Service BI with Tableau - Notes from the field

Part 1. Business scenarios.

I have spent many hours planning and executing in-company self-service BI implementation. This enabled me to gain several insights. Now that the ideas became mature enough and field-proven, I believe they are worth sharing. No matter how far you are in toying with potential approaches (possibly you are already in the thick of it!), I hope my attempt of describing feasible scenarios would provide a decent…


Added by Peter Travkin on March 7, 2016 at 4:30am — No Comments

BERLIN and Narratives

BERLIN stands for Behavioural Event Reconstruction Linguistic Interface for Narratives. I introduced BERLIN a few blogs ago - in my "final blog." Theoretically after one's final blog, no further blogs are forthcoming. However, I am now posting bonus blogs reflecting aspects of the same closing subject. Today, I will be elaborating on BERLIN's syntax and how its searches are facilitated. As a general rule, the objective of BERLIN is to convert human-friendly narrative into computer-friendly…


Added by Don Philip Faithful on March 5, 2016 at 10:12am — No Comments

Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Computing

There’s been a lot of hype lately behind Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Cognitive Computing, both terms that generally refer to programs or computing systems that “think” rather than simply perform computations on command. The move to impart cognition into computers has captured public perception, but…


Added by Radhika Subramanian on March 4, 2016 at 12:50pm — 1 Comment

Five Major Shifts in Big Data

Big data management and analytics will see some significant changes continuing and others beginning to emerge this year.  These include: 

  • Leveraging data in different and more productive ways, effectively moving from the dashboard to a discovery platform and from a retrospective strategy to inherently more predictive one.
  • Cutting through the noise and focusing on the signal. Companies are faced with managing enormous amounts of data, and determining how to identify…

Added by Dr. Paul Terry on March 4, 2016 at 10:28am — 4 Comments

Storytelling with Data: Our Brains Crave Structure + Love Oddballs

By Rawi Nanakul & Marnie Morales

We create, interpret, and experience stories every day, whether we realize it or not. Our brains are constantly receiving input and stringing things together in order for us to make sense of the world. While our brains create countless stories, only the few great ones stay with us. These make us cry, laugh, or embrace a new perspective.

Understanding how our brains interpret the world can help us become better storytellers. That’s where…


Added by Martha Kang on March 4, 2016 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

The 9 Best Marketing And Sales Analytics You Should Know About

Sales and marketing analytics are essential to unlocking commercially relevant insights, increasing revenue and profitability, and improving brand perception. With the help of the right analytics, you can uncover new markets, new audience niches, areas for future development and much more. Let’s look at what I believe are the best and most important sales and marketing analytics that can help any business grow and succeed. This post builds on …


Added by Bernard Marr on March 4, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

The Amazing Ways Big Data Is Used In China

Big Data gets a lot of coverage these days, and it would be easy for anyone to believe that all the innovation is happening in the west, and particularly in Silicon Valley. But that’s far from the case. On the other side of the world in China, an online industry has emerged to cater to the business and leisure needs of the world’s most populous nation. Bolstered by the ever-growing Chinese middle classes taking to the internet in ever increasing numbers, that…


Added by Bernard Marr on March 4, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments

MIT Algorithm Predicts Rogue Waves in Real Time to Save Lives

Using AI and data science, an MIT team was able to accurately predict rogue waves coming out of the blue in the middle of the ocean, in near real time, to help sailors change their navigation path and avoid destruction and death. Rogue waves, while rare, are unpredictable, tall (up to 100 feet) and devastating. The physical mechanism producing these waves is well understood, and is typically modeled using rotating elements.…


Added by Vincent Granville on March 3, 2016 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

Math or Engineers -- who will solve the big data problem?

Guest blog post by Charlie Silver, CEO of Algebraix Data. Originally entitled  'Data Algebra Does Big Data'.

Algebra is powerful. It enables people to solve for unknowns and frame problems in ways that are universally understandable. For the same reason, data algebra is powerful. Why? Because it can represent data – all data – mathematically.

What is Data Algebra (and when do I use…


Added by Vincent Granville on March 3, 2016 at 10:30am — 8 Comments

The Changing future of Marketing Analytics Software industry

Marketing analytics software includes various technologies and processes which enable an organization to evaluate and quantify its marketing efforts. Marketing analytics software offers tools to manage, measure, control and analyze marketing performance. With the use of marketing analytics software, organizations are able to improve the effectiveness and optimize the return on investment (ROI) of marketing activities. Marketing analytics software enables organizations to gain…


Added by Alina John on March 2, 2016 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Self Service Data Prep Platforms – Fish or Fowl?

Summary: Self Service Data Prep Platforms (SSDPPs) may offer some relief for BI and data workers who must deal with IT bottlenecks in getting data.  But watch out for widely varying capabilities and the assumptions underlying some of their automated features.


I admit it, I’m confused.  There is a category of analytic platforms that Gartner…


Added by William Vorhies on March 2, 2016 at 3:32pm — No Comments

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