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June 2015 Blog Posts (73)

How to Avoid a Data Disaster- Infographic

Infographics provided by SupremeSystems.

We reveal some interesting statistics around data loss and also offer some helpful advice about what an effective data backup plan should look like. For example, did you know that this year, 40% of small to medium businesses that manage their own network and use the Internet for more than e-mail will have their network accessed by a hacker? Also, find out what are the main…


Added by Vincent Granville on June 15, 2015 at 5:39pm — 1 Comment

Elastic Is a Great Paradigm When “All You Can Eat Data Consumption” Is the Goal

Guest blog post.

Today, people are no longer looking to reduce their data consumption. In fact, if anything, they want more data originating from more sources and with more diversity than anyone could have ever imagined. As we pioneer a world where data can be digested easily, software solutions need to be engineered so they can expand to meet the customers demand. Increasingly, and because of this trend, more and more software…


Added by Vincent Granville on June 15, 2015 at 5:32pm — No Comments

Data Structure Graph - The application of Graph theory to Architecture

How does centrality affect your Architecture?

Some time ago, I was responsible for a data architecture I had mostly inherited. There were a number of tweaks I worked to on to refine the monolithic nature of the main database. It was a time of upheaval in this organization. They had outgrown their legacy Computer Telephony Interface application. It was time to create something new. 
A large new application development team was brought in to develop some new…

Added by Doug Needham on June 15, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Reducing Data Cleansing Time to Get Actionable Insights Faster

Guest blog post by TheKiniGroup, originally posted here.

If you categorized how you spend your time at work every day, on which tasks do you spend the bulk of your time? Most business analysts spend 50 to 80 percent their time…


Added by Vincent Granville on June 15, 2015 at 11:56am — No Comments

Feature Scaling and Normalization

Very long article posted by Sebastian Raschka in 2014. Here we only provide the table of content, and a chart showing the results of PCA applied to a wine dataset. A link to the full version is provided below. The article is rather technical and uses Python, including the scikit-learn, numpy. pandas and matplotlib libraries. Interesting for anyone working with scores and looking for normalization, though personally, I don't like PCA (produces meaningless reduced variables and sensitive…


Added by Vincent Granville on June 15, 2015 at 8:26am — No Comments

Decision Boundaries for Deep Learning and other Machine Learning classifiers

This article was originally posted here, by Dr. Takashi J. OZAKI. Below is a short version.

H2O, one of the leading deep learning framework in python, is now available in R. We will show how to get started with H2O, its working, plotting of decision boundaries and finally lessons learned during…


Added by Vincent Granville on June 15, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

What are data scientists interested in? Insights from our search engine data

We've gathered data from our newly created DSC search box, and based on 20,000 search queries over the last four months (most of them in the last 30 days), we discovered that the top queries so far are:

Top queries

  • data sets (1266) 
  • excel (846) 
  • python (732) 
  • bernard marr may 2015 (615) 
  • r (608) 
  • visualization (567) 
  • cheat…

Added by Vincent Granville on June 14, 2015 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Harnessing Big Data for Security: Intelligence in the Era of Cyber Warfare.


According to , Big Data is high-volume, high-velocity and high-variety information assets that demand cost-effective, innovative forms of information processing for enhanced insight and decision making.

Are there examples of Big Data in action at major global IT giants?

It is…


Added by Christopher Alvin Mokaya on June 14, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Document Similarity Analysis Using ElasticSearch and Python

Elasticsearch is an open source search engine based on Lucene. Its being used by leaders in the market like Wikipedia, Linkedin, ebay etc. It has an official python client elasticsearch-py



Added by Vozag on June 13, 2015 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Fast-Track, On-Demand, No-Fee Program to Become a Data Scientist

We have re-designed our online, accelerated data science apprenticeship: it is now available to anyone, at no cost, with no restrictions, and does not require any application nor deadlines. Data sets, a cheat sheet to get you started, real-life projects to work on, sample code, and tons of resources,…


Added by Vincent Granville on June 12, 2015 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

The Quantified Workplace: Big Data or Big Brother?

Companies have more data on staff than ever before in history and big data analytics is making its way into HR practices fast. Analyzing staff performance is nothing new, but the extent to which we can now collect and analyze such data is going beyond all norms.

Sociometric Solutions puts sensors into employee name badges that can detect social dynamics in the workplace. The sensors report on how employees move around the workplace, with whom they speak, and even the tone of voice…


Added by Bernard Marr on June 12, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Big Data In The Amazing World of Gaming

Big Data is big in gaming. Take Zynga, the company behind Farmville, Words with friends, and Zynga Poker. Zynga positions itself as a maker of “social” games, which are generally played on social media platforms (rather than game consoles like Nintendo, Xbox or PlayStation) and take advantage of the connectivity with other users that those platforms offer.…


Added by Bernard Marr on June 12, 2015 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Tools to automate... more time to innovate

I absolute loved the point made by Matthew Napleton - we must make tools easier to use!

That doesn't mean we eliminate the need for human interaction. As long as a decision has to be made, a machine can get you further, faster but the magic still happens when a person applies their intellect to the process.

Before leaping to the notion that automation is going…


Added by Cari Jaquet on June 12, 2015 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

7 Amazing Big Data Myths

Here is my top 7 list of daft things that some people say about Big Data.

I think that Big Data does play a role in some businesses. I also think that some of the basic distributed file store and text search technologies can be usefully employed, in non-traditional indexing, counting and correlation. However, there is an awful lot of nonsense said about Big…


Added by Martyn Jones on June 11, 2015 at 12:26pm — 2 Comments

NewSQL - RDBMS on Steroids

Summary:  NewSQL is alive and well and under the right circumstances could be your best choice.

No this is not a misprint.  Yes we mean NewSQL, not NoSQL.  Recently a colleague asked me about NewSQL and I had to admit that I hadn’t kept…


Added by William Vorhies on June 11, 2015 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Weekly Digest, June 15

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.


How big is “Big Data?” Business analytics spending will grow to $89.6 billion by 2018. Banking, healthcare, energy and…


Added by Vincent Granville on June 10, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

Data is Immortal, but Not Immune to Decay

Data exists in a dangerous state of near-non existence. Few businesses would risk not having backups in place. With cloud computing becoming commonplace in enterprise, we’ve come to accept that our data will be replicated and stored in duplicate.

Even data that is intentionally deleted can often be recovered. When Yahoo! purchased Geocities,…


Added by Martin Doyle on June 9, 2015 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

Case study: how much good traffic a scammer gets from one email spam

I got this in my mailbox this morning:

Subject: Support alert!

From: "LinkedIn Support" <[email protected]>

Date: Mon, June 8, 2015 2:46 pm

Hello [email protected]

It's very important you get verified. 

Pleaseclickhere. [dangerous Link deleted]

LinkedIn Security Team 

This message is sent to…


Added by Vincent Granville on June 8, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

How is Big Data Changing the World?

How is Big Data Changing the World?

When we talk about Big Data, many of the examples and use cases we share center around how Big Data is changing the way businesses must operate. But Big Data is changing the world on some exciting global levels as well. So let’s take a step back from the business impact of bigger data and…


Added by Larisa Bedgood on June 8, 2015 at 5:51am — No Comments

Your Math Is All Wrong: Flipping The 80/20 Rule For Analytics

I was deep into a presentation at a major retailer. In the darkened room, a lone hand shot up. “John, we spend 80% of our time on data load and prep. Only 20% is used to produce analytics. We don’t like that ratio.”

The speaker was right. About 80% of the analytics process is spent on data preparation and loading. Numerous examples come to mind. I remember a project for an auto insurance company using telematics and driver behavior. The one-off code to prepare the data took three days…


Added by John Thuma on June 8, 2015 at 3:00am — 2 Comments

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