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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…


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…


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!)

Read the entire post …


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."


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



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

Social Meets Big Data - EMC/Greenplum (Webcast, March 20)

Social Meets Big Data

Social Meets Big Data Webcast - Greenplum Product Announcement

How Social, Open, and Agile is your Big Data?

Join experts from EMC and Greenplum for the announcement of new Big Data technologies, partnerships, and initiatives that will drive greater business insight and economic value from your data than ever before. You'll see for yourself how social web, open-source…


Added by Vincent Granville on March 13, 2012 at 3:32pm — No Comments

50 unusual ways analytics are used to make our lives better

Many more to come soon. Let's start with 10 for today.
  1. Automated patient diagnostic and customized treatment. Instead of going to the doctor, you fill an online (decision tree type of) questionnaire. At the end of the online medical exam, customized drugs are prescribed, manufactured and delivered to you: for instance, male drug abusers receive a different mix than healthy females, for the same condition. In short,…

Added by Vincent Granville on March 9, 2012 at 3:06pm — No Comments

J.D. Opdyke, Author: A Powerful and Robust Nonparametric Statistic for Joint Mean-Variance Quality Control

For statistical process control, a number of single charts that jointly monitor both process mean and variability recently have been developed. For quality control-related hypothesis testing, however, there has been little analogous development of joint mean-variance tests: only one two-sample statistic that is not computationally intensive has been designed specifically for the one-sided test of Ho: Mean2<=Mean1 and StDev2<=StDev1 vs. Ha: Mean2>Mean1 OR StDev2>StDev1 (see…


Added by J.D. Opdyke on March 9, 2012 at 5:42am — No Comments

Top analytic blogs and websites, with trending information


  • This analysis is based on data submitted on sign-up by 16,000 Analyticbridge members, between February 2008 and December 2011.
  • A "plus" (+) sign on the right-hand column (below) shows growth between 2008/2009 and 2010/2010. A "plus plus" (++) sign means strong growth, and is usually achieved by new web sites.…

Added by Vincent Granville on March 5, 2012 at 6:42pm — No Comments

Six keywords characterizing milestones in the history of analytic engineering: from 1988 to 2033

  • 1988: Artificial Intelligence. Also: Computational Statistics.
  • 1995: Web Analytics. Also: Machine Learning, Business Intelligence, Data Mining, ROI, Distributed Architecture, Data Architecture.
  • 2003: Business Analytics. Also: Text Mining, Unstructured…

Added by Vincent Granville on March 4, 2012 at 3:09am — No Comments

Excel to HTML, and other data format conversions

What is the best Excel to HTML converter? I've found Tableizer at, it's free and it's a web app. But I'm wondering if there are other convenient solutions.

More generally, what is the best tool for format conversion (that can do ALL conversions without destroying the original format, such as changing a date into a number or worse, text format)?

  • SAS ->…

Added by Vincent Granville on March 3, 2012 at 3:09pm — No Comments

Big Data for the Public Good - Seminar Series

We are generating more data than ever before. Thanks to the data scientists who organize and analyze this information, this abundance of Big Data can be harnessed to serve the public interest in innovative ways.

Big Data for the Public Good is a four-part seminar series hosted by Code for America in San Francisco and sponsored by Greenplum, a division of EMC, that explores how data scientists and change agents…


Added by Vincent Granville on March 1, 2012 at 8:10am — No Comments

Industry Heavyweights Battle in the "The Data Science Debate"

Industry thought leaders: 

Peter Skomoroch (LinkedIn), Michael Driscoll (Metamarkets), DJ Patil (Greylock Partners),Toby…

Added by Richard Snee on February 28, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Video: Ooyala Data Scientist, Matt Pisienski

The folks at Ooyala continue to impress with their quarterly Video Index Report. Checkout Data Scientist, Matt Pisienski's perspective. Oh, and stay tuned until the end and watch the outtakes --that's where the real story is told!

Watch the video.

Added by Richard Snee on February 22, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

Data Science Central Exclusive: Get Featured in Rick Smolan's "The Human Face of Big Data"

To all members of DSC and AnalyticBridge,

I'm writing to tell you about a fascinating project taking place next month aimed at showcasing the work of professionals working in the Big Data arena.  The organizers are dispatching one hundred of the world's leading photojournalists to 30 countries in March to capture stories for a project called "The Human Face of Big Data", to show all the ways Big Data is touching peoples lives around the world.


Added by Richard Snee on February 20, 2012 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Why Midsize Businesses Shouldn't Leave Big Data to Big Businesses

I often get asked about the relevance of "Big Data" for not-so-big companies. A recent blog post at by Brandy Courtade talks about something that I believe in for all "Big Data" participants: mindset, and the importance of having a new one!

"You can tackle big data on your own scale. It won't be on the same scale as the Watson project, but wrestling that wide variety of "random" data and compiling it into something meaningful can still benefit your…


Added by Richard Snee on February 17, 2012 at 10:38am — No Comments

Seeking PHD Candidates and Alumni from Top Universities in Computational Science and Mathematics

Multiple Data Science Positions for PhDs and PhD students

Accretive Health

Chicago, IL.

Accretive Health (NYSE: AH) is looking for PHDs and PHD students from top schools with a passion for machine learning, algorithms, AI, data mining and bioinformatics to solve a massive problem.

We want to talk with you about tackling one of the most complex and compelling issues in this country: the need to reduce healthcare costs while increasing…


Added by Vincent Granville on February 17, 2012 at 8:53am — No Comments

Example of Bad Analytics and How to Remedy it

This came in my mailbox as a sales pitch by Autobox, however I thought that it is interesting:

Since we are always interested in learning about how others do time series and testing how our approaches work vis-à-vis other dated procedures, we pursued the data and would like to share our results. 

Sometimes in an educational process, simplifying and simply wrong assumptions are made to solve complex time series.…


Added by Vincent Granville on February 17, 2012 at 8:20am — No Comments

[Book] Big Data - Principles and best practices of scalable realtime data systems

Big Data

Principles and best practices of scalable realtime data systems


Nathan Marz and Sam Ritchie

MEAP Began: January 2012

Softbound print: Summer 2012 | 425 pages 

ISBN: 9781617290343

Pre-Order options*
Order today and start…

Added by Vincent Granville on February 17, 2012 at 8:05am — No Comments

Key update for Social Media Analytics Summit

Since the super early bird special is ending on Friday, I'd love for you to check out the brochure for the Social Media Analytics Summit (April 17-18, San Fran) if you haven't taken a look yet. You can do so here - Social Media Analytics Summit Brochure…


Added by Vincent Granville on February 14, 2012 at 2:41pm — No Comments

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