Bernard Marr's Blog (78)

5 Ways Machine Learning Is Reshaping Our World

Who here remembers taking computer programming in school? Whether you learned programming by punching holes in a never ending series of cards, or by writing simple DOS or other computer language commands, the fact remained that computers needed an incredibly precise set of instructions to accomplish a task.

The more complicated the task, the more complicated…


Added by Bernard Marr on November 22, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Why Every Manager Needs These Data Science Skills

The fact is, data is becoming an increasingly important business assets and more and more decisions are based on analysis of data.  It’s infiltrating every department of every business, and that means that the employees and managers who have the skills to deal with data will be in a better position to help their company and move up.


But don’t fret:…


Added by Bernard Marr on November 17, 2015 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Spark Or Hadoop: Which Is The Best Big Data Framework?

One question I get asked a lot by my clients is: Should we go for Hadoop or Spark as our big data framework? Spark has overtaken Hadoop as the most active open source Big Data project. While they are not directly comparable products, they both have many of the same uses.

To shed some light onto the issue of “Spark vs. Hadoop.” I thought an article explaining the essential differences and similarities of each might be useful. As always, I have tried to keep it accessible to anyone,…


Added by Bernard Marr on November 17, 2015 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

What Is Spark - An Easy Explanation For Absolutely Anyone

Basically Spark is a framework - in the same way that Hadoop is - which provides a number of inter-connected platforms, systems and standards for Big Data…


Added by Bernard Marr on November 16, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

What is Python – An Easy Explanation For Absolutely Anyone

Here is another post in which I try to disentangle some of the concepts that underpin today's big data world.  In this post I look at Python, which is an open source…


Added by Bernard Marr on November 13, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

What is Hadoop - An Easy Explanation For Absolutely Anyone

When you learn about Big Data you will sooner or later come across this odd sounding word: Hadoop - but what exactly is it?…


Added by Bernard Marr on November 13, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

What is R? R Explained in less than Two Minutes, to Absolutely Anyone

If you're looking at ways you can harness the power of Big Data analytics in your business, but are not necessarily a techie person yourself, it can be a confusing field…


Added by Bernard Marr on November 13, 2015 at 11:00am — 9 Comments

7 Traits a Big Data Scientist Shouldn’t Have

A lot has been written (including by me) on what it takes to be a good data scientist; what skills and traits are essential for the job and even how to acquire them.

But what traits don’t make a good data scientist?

Remember, I’m…


Added by Bernard Marr on November 6, 2015 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

5 Steps from Business Analyst to Data Scientist

In the past, the terms business analyst and data scientist have sometimes been used interchangeably, and indeed, in a small company, the lines between the two sorts of jobs may blur.

But as more and more companies look to big data for business insights, they are shifting from relying on business analysts to…


Added by Bernard Marr on October 30, 2015 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

Big Data: 20 Mind-Boggling Facts Everyone Must Read

Big data is not a fad. We are just at the beginning of a revolution that will touch every business and every life on this planet.

But loads of people are still treating the concept of big data as something they can choose to ignore — when actually, they’re about to be run over by the steamroller that is big data.

Don’t believe me? Here are 20 stats…


Added by Bernard Marr on October 17, 2015 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Forget Data Scientists - Make Everyone Data Savvy

You don’t have to be a data scientist to be data savvy. And that’s a good thing.

Many companies are putting massive focus on recruiting the rare beasts that are data scientists. But in doing so, they often forget the need for creating a much more data savvy culture overall.

Data is already becoming ubiquitous in business as well as in daily life. It…


Added by Bernard Marr on October 17, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

9 Steps to Become a Data Scientist from Scratch

Because data sciences and data analytics are such rapidly growing fields, there is a dearth of qualified applicants for the number of jobs available.  This makes data science a promising and lucrative field for anyone with an interest and looking for a new career.


But how do you become a data scientist?


First, the definition of data scientist…


Added by Bernard Marr on October 8, 2015 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

Six Companies with Great Job Opportunities for Data Scientists

Opportunities for talented data scientists – both seasoned professionals and enthusiastic newcomers -are everywhere. Long gone are the days when a desire to work with statistics, analytics or predictive modelling would restrict you to the IT or financial sectors when searching for work. Recently I’ve written about innovative data strategies being  undertaken by companies in…


Added by Bernard Marr on October 4, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

How to Become a Data Scientist on a Shoestring

Big Data jobs are definitely sexy – just as Google’s chief economist Hal Varian predicted they would be, back in 2009. In the increasing number of organizations where data science is valued, data scientists know they are working on the cutting edge solving problems in ways no one has thought of before. They generally command very decent salaries, too.…


Added by Bernard Marr on September 28, 2015 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Top 10 Commercial Hadoop Platforms

Hadoop – the software framework which provides the necessary tools to carry out Big Data analysis – is widely used in industry and commerce for many Big Data related tasks.

It is open source, essentially meaning that it is free for anyone to use for any purpose, and can be modified for any use. While designed to be user-friendly, in its “raw” state it still needs considerable specialist knowledge to set up and run.

Because of this a large number of commercial versions have come…


Added by Bernard Marr on September 28, 2015 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

The Biggest Risks of Big Data

As with any business initiative, a Big Data project involves an element of risk. Any project can fail for any number of reasons - bad management, under-budgeting or a lack of relevant skills. However Big Data projects, due to their nature, bring their own specific risks.

Due to the advanced technology often needed, and the relative newness of the skillsets required to truly “think Big” (or as I prefer to say, “…


Added by Bernard Marr on September 28, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

How Shell Uses Analytics To Drive Business Success

The oil and gas industries are facing major challenges - the costs of extraction are rising and the turbulent state of international politics adds to the difficulties of exploration and drilling for new reserves.

In the face of big problems, its key players are turning to Big Data in the hope of finding innovative solutions to these pressing issues.

Big Data is the name used to describe the theory and practice of applying advanced computer analysis to the ever-growing amount of…


Added by Bernard Marr on September 17, 2015 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

15 Books every Data Scientist Should Read

With all this talk of terabytes and petabytes of digital information zipping around the world at the speed of light, it’s sometimes easy to forget about the humble book!

After all pretty much all you could ever practically need to know is probably conveniently available on a blog, Google Hangout or SlideShare presentation somewhere.

But to many of us, books are special – and whether you are so attached to the feel of turning paper pages between your fingers that you would never…


Added by Bernard Marr on September 16, 2015 at 5:00pm — 4 Comments

Five Signs You are a Big Data Horder

 We all know companies are collecting more and more data, and many are using it to come up with amazing insights. In fact just about every industry is going through rapid change thanks to harnessing the power of Big Data and smart analytics.

But is collecting huge amounts of data always a good thing? As you can guess from the title, my opinion is that it probably is not!…


Added by Bernard Marr on September 13, 2015 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Can Big Data Algorithms Tell Better Stories Than Humans?

What if the computer algorithms could tell more compelling stories than journalists, writers or business analysts? Well, this is increasingly becoming a reality. A new generation of Big Data tools are being put to automate story telling.

Source for picture: …


Added by Bernard Marr on September 3, 2015 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

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