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December 2017 Blog Posts (77)

Star Wars: The Audience Turns to the Dark Side

Here is a guest post from George McIntire

George McIntire


George McIntire is a data science writer, educator and mentor in Thinkful's Los Angeles coding bootcamp. He's interested in using the power of data science to educate the public and make better sense of our world.…


Added by Shay Pal on December 15, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Comparison of Deepnet & Neuralnet

Guest blog post by Blaine Batman. Based on two R packages for neural networks.

In this article, I compare two available R packages for using neural networks to model data: neuralnet and deepnet. Through the comparisons I highlight various challenges in finding good hyperparameter values. I show that some needed hyperparameters differ when using these two packages, even with the same…


Added by Vincent Granville on December 15, 2017 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Google Tutorial on Machine Learning

This presentation was posted by Jason Mayes, senior creative engineer at Google, and was shared by many data scientists on social networks. Chances are that you might have seen it already. Below are a few of the slides. The presentation provides a list of machine learning algorithms and applications, in very simple words. It also explain the differences between AI, ML and DL (deep learning.)…


Added by Capri Granville on December 15, 2017 at 7:30am — No Comments

Reimagining the Airport Experience: How Big Data and AI Could Transform Air Travel

An uncomfortable airport experience can put a major damper on even the most enjoyable travel plans. Between the pre-flight security scans, wait times, and baggage claim lines, passengers often feel ready for a vacation as soon as they arrive. While TSA continues to tighten down security procedures, leaders in the tech world are converging to develop new smart systems that,…


Added by Courtney Myers on December 15, 2017 at 6:00am — No Comments

Thursday News: Big Data, ML, AI, Tensorflow, Privacy, Slim Databases

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


Added by Vincent Granville on December 14, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

Leveraging Fuzzy String Matching In Competitive Intelligence

Product comparison is one of the crucial aspects of competitive intelligence (CI). There are two modes of  product comparison:

  1. Comparison of own product price across multiple channels
  2. Comparison of own product price with suitable competitor product

But, the greatest challenge in this journey is how to get the correct…


Added by saurabh ajmera on December 13, 2017 at 4:30am — 1 Comment

What is Big Data And How Does It Work?

Your technology is generating data whenever you use your smartphone, when you chat with your family and friends on Facebook, and when you shop. Anytime you go online, you’re producing data and leaving a digital trail of information. All of this data is very complex, there’s so much of it from many different sources, and it's coming in…


Added by Ronald van Loon on December 12, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Data Monetization? Cue the Chief Data Monetization Officer

Data Monetization! Data Monetization! Data Monetization!

 It’s the new mantra of many organizations. But what does “data monetization” really mean, how do you do it, and more importantly, who in the organization owns the job of “data monetization”?

The role of Chief Data Officer (CDO) would seem to be a godsend to answer the data monetization challenge. They should be the catalyst in helping organizations to…


Added by Bill Schmarzo on December 12, 2017 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

6 Predictions about Data Science, Machine Learning, and AI for 2018

Summary:  Here are our 6 predictions for data science, machine learning, and AI for 2018.  Some are fast track and potentially disruptive, some take the hype off over blown claims and set realistic expectations for the coming year.


It’s that time of year again when we do a look back in order to offer a look forward.  What…


Added by William Vorhies on December 12, 2017 at 9:29am — 6 Comments

17 Great Articles Posted in the last 12 Months

This is part of a new series of articles: once or twice a month, we post previous articles that were very popular when first published. These articles are at least 6 month old but no more than 12 month old. The previous digest in this series was posted here a while back. 

17 Great Articles Posted in the last 12…


Added by Vincent Granville on December 12, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments

Data Scientists - How To Perfect Your Resume!

The demand for data scientists is rapidly increasing as companies come up to speed with the fourth industrial revolution. The industry is expanding at an exponential rate meaning the term data scientist is becoming ever more ambiguous.  This means it is time to move away from the buzz words and start showing hiring managers the impact that you have had.


It’s time for a new resume.

Moving away from the classic resume style that lists ALL of…


Added by Matt Reaney on December 12, 2017 at 3:00am — 2 Comments

Retail: How to Keep it Personal & Take Care of Privacy

For years the retail sector has been making use of customer data to propel their own marketing campaigns forward. What remains to be seen in this regard is, how the future of better data collection and technology, coupled with an enhanced need for customer personalization shakes up this procedure in the…


Added by Ronald van Loon on December 12, 2017 at 1:30am — No Comments

An Open Computational System Brings Slim Databases

As stated in the last article, database obesity due to numerous intermediate tables and stored procedures is rooted in the closed computational system. If there is an independent computing engine providing computing capability independent of databases, then the latter can lose weight.


With a separate computing engine, the database-generated intermediate data doesn’t have to be stored as data tables; instead, it can be stored in the file system to be further computed…


Added by JIANG Buxing on December 12, 2017 at 12:30am — 3 Comments

21 Curated Blogs About Deep Learning and Data Science

The following articles were recently hand-picked, and curated by one of our interns, Amelia. They quickly became popular, and cover dozens of topics of interest to data scientists. This is just a small, random selection among popular curated blogs on DSC. You can check our previous selection of curated articles here.…


Added by Vincent Granville on December 11, 2017 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Weekly Digest, December 11

Monday newsletter published by Data Science Central. Previous editions can be found here.  The contribution flagged with a + is our selection for the picture of the week.

  • Are you a data scientist looking to apply Apache Spark to build advanced analytics applications at scale? …

Added by Vincent Granville on December 9, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

Judging Health Through Metrics of Conformance

I have written in the past about the difference between market demand and operational capacity - and how difficult it is to determine what exactly is being measured in relation to either.  Has the demand for a product declined, or is the organization simply less capable of satisfying it?  For example, the fact there are no bananas in the grocery store does not mean that there is no demand for bananas; but the absence of revenues from the sale of bananas might be regarded, rather erroneously,…


Added by Don Philip Faithful on December 9, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

Time Series Analysis with Generalized Additive Models

This article is by 

Whenever you spot a trend plotted against time, you would be looking at a time series. The de facto choice for studying financial market performance and weather forecasts, time series are one of the most pervasive analysis techniques because of its inextricable relation to…


Added by Amelia Matteson on December 8, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

How to Create a Smart City with IoT and Big Data

These days, it seems like every city is trying to implement “smart” initiatives. Take Singapore for example, now known for the most extensive effort to collect data on citizens’ daily living habits/routines ever attempted by a municipality. Even Bill Gates has pumped millions of dollars into helping Phoenix in their smart city efforts.

But what do we mean when we talk about a “smart city”? Is it the better use of resources within the city center, or the fact that all resources being…


Added by Ronald van Loon on December 8, 2017 at 1:30am — No Comments

Things to watch out for when using deep learning

Deep learning has provided the world of data science with highly effective tools that can address problems in virtually any domain, and using nearly any kind of data. However, the non-intuitive features deduced and used by deep learning algorithms require a very careful experimental design, and a failure to meet that requirement can lead to miserably flawed results, regardless of the quality of the data or the structure of the deep learning network.

I first noticed such flaws almost…


Added by Lior Shamir on December 7, 2017 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Benefits and use cases for blockchain in banking

This article comes from

Blockchain, while still relatively new to the financial space, is seeing interest from around 90% of banking sector executives, according to a new study on the potential of the technology in the industry. 40% of banks find themselves still at the exploration phase, while around 30% are pursuing proof of concepts. Intra-bank cross-border transactions are regarded as the most…


Added by Amelia Matteson on December 7, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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