August 2018 Blog Posts (94)

A Winning Game Plan For Building Your Data Science Team

One of the most exciting challenges I have at Hitachi as the Vice-Chairmen of Hitachi’s “Data Science 部会” is to help lead the development of Hitachi’s data science capabilities. We have a target number of people who we want trained and operational by 2020, so there is definitely a sense of urgency. And I like urgency because it’s required to sweep aside the inhibitors and resistors to change.

I started this assignment with a blog titled “…


Added by Bill Schmarzo on August 31, 2018 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Blockchain and its Impact on Various Industries

Hope you all enjoying all the banking services available at your fingertips. Imagine living in the same world without banks and their functions. What would be the best alternative for banking and financial systems?

Many business giants around the world proved Trust-based financial systems results in the gaining active user base. Later it helps your business regarding sales and trade.…


Added by vinodkumar Kasipuri on August 31, 2018 at 1:18am — No Comments

Another Analysis of Punting on 4th Down

Yes, I know, this has been tried a few times and no one listens.... At least not yet. Despite several studies showing otherwise, teams still punt more than they should. Admittedly, some of these studies have been less than rigorous, and often times, assumptions are made that warrant scrutiny (assuming a 50% success rate on all 4th down attempts for example). But I don't think it is the lack of scientific rigor that keeps change at bay. I think the failure to adopt a novel strategy has a lot…


Added by Ray Hall on August 30, 2018 at 9:30am — No Comments

Thursday News: AI, Hadoop, Deep Learning, ML, Use Cases, Big Data, Career Transition

Here is our list of featured articles and resources posted since Monday:



Added by Vincent Granville on August 30, 2018 at 8:30am — No Comments

How the incorporation of prior information can accelerate the speed at which neural networks learn while simultaneously increasing accuracy

Deep neural nets typically operate on “raw data” of some kind, such as images, text, time series, etc., without the benefit of “derived” features. The idea is that because of their flexibility, neural networks can learn the features relevant to the problem at hand, be it a classification problem or an estimation problem.  Whether derived or learned, features are important. The challenge is in determining how one might use what one learned from the features in future work (staying…


Added by Jonathan Symonds on August 30, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments

Data Science for freshers...Start the Journey!!

I was at crossroad to choose my next leap. Cloud, AWS, Agile, Blockchain and many other were the words I heard from the experts and how its boom in the industry. I was confused on what subject and technology should I consider for comprehensive study for my professional growth. I have been working on Business Intelligence tools for quite some time and had inclination towards data and facts that could be supported by data, understanding what data means and uncovering the…


Added by Reena Nagrale on August 30, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments

Career Transition Towards Data Analytics & Science. Here’s my Story

In 1992, I entered the job market and landed a job as an advertising copywriter for McDonald’s. I was tasked with ideating radio, TV and print advertisements to curb burger, fries and soft drink sales. The internet did not exist in the public domain back then, and my first laptop was actually a mechanical type writer. Around 2000, I became a freelance marketing manager, working for small and mid sized businesses. At that time, my English was not good enough to work for companies outside of…


Added by Rafael Knuth on August 30, 2018 at 4:30am — 6 Comments

Machine learning: A solution to backorder problem and inventory optimisation

For any business, the worst scenario is getting out of product inventory when customers are ready to buy your product. Keeping a stock of every item in the store is another burden to carry for every business. This trade off has been even more problematic in current times, when manufacturing firms are flooding with SKUs (Stock Keeping Unit) ranging from product sizes, flavours, styles etc. To cater personalised demand companies are customising…


Added by PS Dhillon on August 30, 2018 at 3:35am — No Comments

Building competitive data advantage

Several years ago, my company faced a significant challenge: A large swath of small new entrants relying heavily on data and artificial intelligence provided services faster, cheaper, and more flexibly than we could. They were not slowed down by legacy information systems, archaic business processes, and an outdated workforce. To add insult to injury, the new entrants would use our customer-facing transparency opportunistically to pick up the low hanging fruit, and gradually started to…


Added by Roger van Daalen on August 29, 2018 at 9:55pm — No Comments

GDPR - Its impact on CX

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force in European Union (EU) member states from 25th May 2018. It has far reaching ramifications for businesses and organizations given that data is ubiquitous and all businesses today rely on customer data to remain competitive in their industry and relevant to their customers.

In this blog we will examine some of the challenges that businesses in certain industries can face and what businesses can do about it. GDPR…


Added by Sasikanth Bs on August 29, 2018 at 2:01am — No Comments

Preprocessing for deep learning: from covariance matrix to image whitening

You can also fork the Jupyter notebook on Github here!

The goal of this post/notebook is to go from the basics of data preprocessing to modern techniques used in deep learning. My point is that we can use code (Python/Numpy etc.) to better understand abstract mathematical notions! Thinking by…


Added by hadrienj on August 28, 2018 at 11:22am — 2 Comments

Breaking Through the Cost Barrier to Deep Learning

Summary:  Remember when we used to say data is the new oil.  Not anymore.  Now Training Data is the new oil.  Training data is proving to be the single greatest impediment to the wide adoption and creation of deep learning models.  We’ll discuss current best practice but more importantly new breakthroughs into fully automated image labeling that are proving to be superior even to hand labeling.



Added by William Vorhies on August 28, 2018 at 7:27am — No Comments

AI in Insurance: Business Process Automation Brings Digital Insurer Performance to a New Level

The insurance industry – one of the least digitalized – is not surprisingly one of the most ineffective segments of the financial services industry. Internal business processes are often duplicated, bureaucratized, and time-consuming. As the ubiquity of machine learning and artificial intelligence systems increases, they have the potential to automate operations in insurance companies thereby cutting costs and increasing productivity. However, organizations have plenty of reasons to resist…


Added by Denys Harnat on August 28, 2018 at 3:35am — No Comments

3 ways to fight congestive heart failure using artificial intelligence



Congestive heart failure (CHF) has been called an "epidemic" and a "staggering clinical and public health problem" (Roger, 2013). It can be defined as the impaired ability of the ventricle to fill or eject with blood.  Consequences include difficulty breathing, coughing fits, leg swelling, decreased quality of life, and ultimately death.  As life expectancy increases globally, we can only expect to see this syndrome more frequently.  Fortunately, the advents of…


Added by Vik Kumar on August 28, 2018 at 3:17am — No Comments

Is It Time For Smart Personal Assistants To Move From Home To Business?

The introduction and adoption of Intelligent Personal Assistants (IPA) such as Google Assistant, Apple Siri and Amazon Alexa have, to some degree, changed a customer`s journey. It`s over 7 years since the advent of the first IPA, so it would be the right time to ask this follow-up question – will this trend catch up with the Enterprise world soon?



Added by Hemant Warudkar on August 28, 2018 at 2:00am — No Comments

A Little College Sports Analysis II -- 2017-2018 Directors' Cup Conference Rankings

Last time, I wrote on wrangling data from a pdf file to assemble a data set of D1 college athletic performance in the Learfield Directors' Cup competition. In this blog, I embellish that data, calculating individual school ranks from scores…


Added by steve miller on August 27, 2018 at 10:53am — No Comments

Hadoop 3: Comparison with Hadoop 2 and Spark

The release of Hadoop 3 in December 2017 marked the beginning of a new era for data science. The Hadoop framework is at the core of the entire Hadoop ecosystem, and various other libraries strongly depend on it.

In this article, we will discuss the major changes in Hadoop 3 when compared to…


Added by Igor Bobriakov on August 27, 2018 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

Free eBooks on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

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Added by Packt Publishing on August 26, 2018 at 9:01pm — 1 Comment

Hadoop for Beginners- Part 1

This blog is to give brief introduction about Hadoop for those who know next to nothing about this technology. Big Data is at the foundation of all the megatrends that are happening today, from social to the cloud to mobile devices to gaming. This blog will help to build the foundation to take the next step in learning this interesting technology. Let's get started:

1. What's Big Data?

Ever since…


Added by Aafrin Dabhoiwala on August 26, 2018 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

The Artificial Neural Networks handbook: Part 2

In last part we have seen the basics of Artificial intelligence and Artificial Neural Networks. As mentioned in the last part this part will be focused on applications of Artificial neural networks. ANN is very vast concept and we can find its…


Added by Jayesh Bapu Ahire on August 25, 2018 at 9:00pm — No Comments

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