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William Vorhies's Blog – August 2015 Archive (19)

Simpson’s Paradox in the Age of Real Time Analytics

Summary:  Simpson’s Paradox.  A source of risk for real time analytics and for the citizen data scientist.

Most of us practicing the predictive arts know to look for sources of bias in our data.  There are seven that are common, the first six of which are:

  1. Confirmation…
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Added by William Vorhies on August 31, 2015 at 9:41am — 4 Comments

Building Web Data Products with R & Shiny

 Guest Blog by Jose Dianes at R-Data Science

The purpose of many data science projects is to end up with a model that can be used within an organisation to solve a particular problem. If this is our case, we need to determine the right representation of that model so it can be shared in the easiest, cheapest, and most effective way. Web data products are an ideal…

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Added by William Vorhies on August 28, 2015 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

A Visual Introduction to Machine Learning

A lot has been said about the value of data viz, but the folks at R2D3 have truly taken this to a whole new level by using very sophisticated but also very intuitive data viz techniques to teach the basics of machine learning.  I was really blown away by the way the step-by-step visualizations on this page lead the reader through all the intuitive steps to arrive at a pretty clear understanding of machine learning, in this case focusing on decision trees.

If you are an experienced…

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Added by William Vorhies on August 27, 2015 at 7:17am — 2 Comments

What is Big Data, and why should you care?

Guest blog by R. Bhargav

What does “Big Data” mean?

The term “big data” is self-explanatory -a collection of extremely big data sets that normal computing techniques cannot process. The term not only refers to the data, but also to…

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Added by William Vorhies on August 25, 2015 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

You Will Meet Too Much False Precision

We have a lot to learn from our colleagues in medical research who use the same statistical tests as we do but on much smaller samples.  Hilda Bastian gives us both a good review of the limits of statistical accuracy and always accompanies it with an original…

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Added by William Vorhies on August 24, 2015 at 3:24pm — No Comments

Is Predictive Modeling Dead?

Summary:  Is predictive modeling dead?  Have we wasted our time practicing this?  I don’t think so but here are some interesting thoughts to the contrary.…

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Added by William Vorhies on August 24, 2015 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

Awesome Data Viz - Curated List of Data Viz Frameworks, Libraries, Software

Guest blog by Fabio Souto

A curated list of awesome data visualizations frameworks, libraries and software. Inspired by awesome-python.

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Added by William Vorhies on August 21, 2015 at 8:05am — 1 Comment

Analytics: Like a Mosquito in a Nudist Colony

Guest blog by Gary Cokins

Analytics are like a mosquito in a nudist colony. Why? Because there are so many opportunities!…

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Added by William Vorhies on August 18, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Big Data Falls Off the Hype Cycle

Summary:  Gartner drops “Big Data” from the Hype Cycle for Advanced Analytics and Data Science?  What’s going on?

It is with heavy heart that I must relay to you that Gartner has dropped “Big Data” from its 2015 Hype Cycle for Advanced Analytics and Data…

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Added by William Vorhies on August 17, 2015 at 3:10pm — 2 Comments

How Experian Is Using Big Data

When I think of Big Data and NoSQL I think of Big-Web-User companies like Amazon, Google, Twitter, Netflix, and other similar companies that amaze and entertain us by using the latest in NoSQL-based data science to bring us features that are useful and novel.  Mostly that means using recommenders, NLP, IoT, and advanced search algorithms to present just the right part of the their Big Data databases to us users.

There aren't many examples of more traditional companies, even…

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Added by William Vorhies on August 17, 2015 at 8:59am — 1 Comment

Brontobytes, Yottabytes, Geopbytes, and Beyond

Now that everyone is thinking about IoT and the phenomenal amount of data that will stream past us and presumably need to be stored we need to break out a vocabulary well beyond our comfort zone of mere terabytes (about the size of a good hard drive on your desk).

In this article Beyond Just “Big” Data author Paul McFedries argues…

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Added by William Vorhies on August 14, 2015 at 8:55am — 1 Comment

Five Critical Words When Searching for Data Prep Tools

This is a guest blog from David Lefkowich, VP Sales and Marketing for FreeSight Software

I have yet to find an organization that doesn’t have occasional or consistent data quality concerns.  Some concerns are innocuous inconveniences; but others can…

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Added by William Vorhies on August 12, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

What Will They Call Us in 10 Years?

Summary:  Data Scientist may be a prestigious title but it doesn’t reflect our area of specialization or the depth of our experience.  As legions of newly minted Data Scientists are granted degrees over the next few years the problem for both employee and employer will only grow worse.

With the explosion in undergraduate and graduate level offerings in data…

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Added by William Vorhies on August 11, 2015 at 8:55am — 2 Comments

Big-data tips for small businesses from eBay’s head of data

Zoher Karu is Vice President of Global Customer Optimization and Data at eBay, where he works to use data, analytics, and insights to drive growth across all customer interactions, with…

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Added by William Vorhies on August 10, 2015 at 2:43pm — No Comments

Predictive Analytics and Data Science: Same or Different?

Here's a different angle on a much analyzed question at the heart of our professional activities.  In this article, Steve Miller of Inquidia tackles how NoSQL has changed our traditional understanding of Predictive Analytics and Data Science.  You might also look back at our previous post How NoSQL Fundamentally Changed Machine Learning.

Here's the beginning…

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Added by William Vorhies on August 7, 2015 at 7:11am — No Comments

11 Awesome Data Visualizations Way Ahead of Their Time [Infographic]

Guest blog sent by Veronica Johnson at Investintech.com

see the original here

In this day and age of big data and information overload, data visualizations are, hands down, the most effective way of filtering out and presenting complex data.

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Added by William Vorhies on August 6, 2015 at 7:39am — 3 Comments

How Many Experts Does It Take

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Added by William Vorhies on August 5, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

15 Questions All R Users Have About Plots

Posted by DataCamp July 30th, 2015.

See the full blog here

R allows you to create different plot types, ranging from the basic graph types like density plots, dot…

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Added by William Vorhies on August 4, 2015 at 9:39am — No Comments

Information Fusion and Data Integration: Fast vs. Batch

guest blog by Jin Kim, VP Product Development for…

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Added by William Vorhies on August 3, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

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