June 2015 Blog Posts (72)

Machine learning is not better than Human learning.

Alan Turing was the first one to present the idea of simulating the machine thinking. Its been more than 60 years since the ground breaking paper of Alan Turing came out, The Imitation Game. The world has changed rapidly since then. 

The machines of today have become so powerful. They can actually think, which endorses the idea of Alan Turing presented in 50s. However, the machine thinking may be different. Alan Turing argued, just because the thinking can be…


Added by Rana Usman on June 30, 2015 at 12:54pm — 2 Comments

Weekly Digest - July 6

The full version is always published Monday. Starred articles are new additions or updated content, posted between Thursday and Sunday. The picture of the week is from the contribution marked with a +, where you will find the details.



Added by Vincent Granville on June 30, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Why Protecting Data Privacy Matters, and When

(A Wake-Up Call to Data Geeks Who Doubt)

by Anne Russell

Anne is the Managing Partner and Founder of World Data Insights, a data consulting company helping customers transform data into information that matters. Anne has spent the last decade immersed in multiple aspects of…


Added by Anne Russell on June 30, 2015 at 10:06am — No Comments

How to score data in Hadoop/Hive in a flash

Reference to Hadoop implies huge amount of data. The intend of the data is of course to derive insights that will help businesses stay competitive. "Scoring" the data is a common exercise in determining e.g. customer churn, fraud detection, risk mitigation, etc... It is one of the slowest analytics activities and especially when very large data set is involved. There are various fast scoring products in the market but they are very specialized and/or are provided by one vendor, usually…


Added by Eddie Soong on June 29, 2015 at 9:10pm — 1 Comment

Disney's "Inside Out" and the missing"D" in Data Science

Imagine being inside a child’s brain as she takes her major life decisions. Imagine the feelings of joy, sadness, fear, disgust and anger jostling with each other as she goes through the one of the biggest changes in her life, leaving her home. Imagine taking the Train of Thought over the Imagination Island and creating long-term core memories that define her growing personality traits (I mean) islands.

Well, the imagination just came alive in Disney’s latest movie “Inside Out”. But…


Added by Debleena Roy on June 29, 2015 at 8:39pm — No Comments

Statistical Modeling steps

I'm a visual kind of guy. You've probably read various descriptions of the steps involved in building a statistical model. Here is a graphical version which I like. Hope you will enjoy it too. Courtesy of my friends at www.aureusanalytics.com, a big data analytics platform and solution company for Banking and Insurance.…


Added by Eddie Soong on June 29, 2015 at 8:03pm — No Comments

Data Science as a profession – Time is Now

Guest blog post by Kirk Borne.

Over the past 2 to 3 years, I have attended many Big Data and Data Science conferences (where I have given numerous talks, participated on many panels, and talked with countless data professionals). During this…


Added by Vincent Granville on June 29, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Look it up! Codes Associated with Public Data Sets

Did you know?

  • A US territory (state code FM) became an independent country in 1986!  Micronesia.
  • The island nation of Tuvalu has just 11K people, but it has the .TV domain
  • A jiffy is a real unit of measure at 1/10th of a second.
  • If your doctor treats you for V95.43XS, it’s a followup after your spacecraft collision.
  • Sports centers are code 713940 except a bowling alley, that’s 713950.
  • Of 840 occupations, you…

Added by Michael Bryan on June 29, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Magnum Opus Dolus Eventualis

Someone on twitter once remarked that law cannot be reduced to algorithm; he was commenting on my article “Alchemy and Algorithmic Lawyers”, he said that it was “impossible”. As a means of substantiating his claim he added that he had more than twenty years experience as a scientist and programmer. Personally I prefer to not make very grand, generalized claims of impossibility. Simply because impossibility is a fallacy that people create as an opium to…


Added by Mkhuseli Mthukwane on June 29, 2015 at 8:39am — No Comments

Teradata Aster: Principal Component Analysis and Unsupervised Machine Learning

Please watch my video on Aster's principal component analysis or PCA. I not only show how Aster performs this analytic but I attempt to explain how PCA works and explain eigenvectors and eigenvalues. Genre: Statistical Analysis (Unsupervised Learning) Background: A process used to emphasize variability and bring out strong patterns in a dataset. This variability is expressed by principal components; which are directions of highest degree of variance. The first several principal components…


Added by John Thuma on June 29, 2015 at 2:31am — No Comments

Why So Many ‘Fake’ Data Scientists?

Have you noticed how many people are suddenly calling themselves data scientists? Your neighbour, that gal you met at a cocktail party — even your accountant has had his business cards changed!


There are so many people out there that suddenly call themselves ‘data scientists’ because it is the latest fad. The…


Added by Bernard Marr on June 28, 2015 at 6:00am — 35 Comments

How Much Do Data Scientists Really Earn?

Last year, there was much made of an unconfirmed report that a developer at Google was making $3 million a year. It made many people speculate that the high demand for data scientists coupled with the low supply was creating a salary bubble.

IT World couldn’t…


Added by Bernard Marr on June 28, 2015 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Impact of Fostering a Data and Analytics culture: Case Study | MIT Sloan

MIT Sloan Management Review has published a new case study under the general theme, "Becoming an Analytics-Driven Organization."  This is the first in a series of five cases that will cover different industry sectors, to be published over the next 12 months.

American health care is undergoing a data-driven transformation — and Intermountain Healthcare, a Utah-based company that runs 22…


Added by Robert Holland on June 26, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

What are the most demanding skills in the 'Analytics' domain ?

What skills are in demand in 'Analytics' domain ?

What are the most popular tools and products in 'Analytics' domain ?

Added by Surendar Chintala on June 25, 2015 at 5:32pm — No Comments

Its Time to Unleash the Semantic Layer

This post first appeared on the i Think blog.

What is the semantic layer you ask?

The semantic layer is the underpinning of modern business intelligence platforms. Vendors with robust semantic capabilities command more than 50% of a $14…


Added by ajoabraham on June 25, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

What roles do you need in your data science team?

Over the past few weeks, we’ve had several conversations in our data lab regarding data engineering problems and day to day problems we face with unsupervised data scientists who find it difficult to deploy their code into production.

Fig. Dream team? Einstein, Fisher, Tufte and Jobs

The opinions…


Added by Maloy Manna on June 25, 2015 at 4:54am — 1 Comment

Weekly Digest - June 29

The full version is always published Monday. Starred articles are new additions or updated content, posted between Thursday and Sunday. The picture of the week is from the contribution marked with a +, where you will find the details.


  • Data moves fast. CVS Health is committed to keeping pace by investing in our Analytic teams and…

Added by Vincent Granville on June 24, 2015 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

How to choose a statistical model

This post was originally published by my partner, Aureus Analytics, a specialist in Insurance Analytics. It is a very interesting illustration of how one would choose a statistical model. I thought you may find it just as interesting and it may help those who are new to analytics. …


Added by Eddie Soong on June 23, 2015 at 4:24am — 5 Comments

Demystifying Teradata AsterR - R in Parallel, R at Scale

How AsterR is used in the Data Discovery Process?

AsterR is a Teradata produced package installed within the R client application.  This package is distinct from, but complements, the installation of R within Aster.  Together the AsterR package and the R installation into Aster create a rich environment that provides the R user with the normal look and feel of R while maintaining the power and speed of Aster.  There is a great deal of…


Added by John Thuma on June 22, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

CMO-CIO relationship in Digital world

In today’s digital age, organizations expend a lot of effort to reach out to their customers digitally and enhance every touch point. Mobile technology, social media, cloud computing, embedded devices, big data and analytics have radically changed the nature of work and competition.
As mentioned in my previous post, “Digital Consumer – A True Superman,” consumers have so much information at their fingertips anytime, anywhere, and with any device that it…

Added by Sandeep Raut on June 22, 2015 at 3:00am — No Comments

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