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William Vorhies's Blog – September 2015 Archive (17)

Data Scientist versus Decision Scientist - Is There a Difference

Are you a data scientist or a decision scientist?  Interesting question recently raised by Deepinder Dhingra, head of products and strategy at Mu Sigma in his article ‘Data science’ misses half the equation: an argument for ‘decision…

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Added by William Vorhies on September 30, 2015 at 8:14am — 6 Comments

Get Past the Flash and Into the Data

Guest blog from David Lefkowich at FreeSight

 

Today’s world is split-second. Whether you’re pitching an idea, selling a product, or presenting last quarter’s results, if you don’t grab your audience’s attention in the first moment, you are beat.

 

The problem is that our focus on speed and split-second sound bites doesn’t allow us time to validate the…

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Added by William Vorhies on September 28, 2015 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

National Institute of Standards and Technology Takes on the Internet of Things

Summary:  NIST weighs in on the Internet of Things to create a common vocabulary and development roadmap.

In July we wrote about the 7 volume Big Data Technology Roadmap being developed by the National Institute of…

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Added by William Vorhies on September 28, 2015 at 9:51am — No Comments

Will Big Data Get Fans Off the Couch and Into the Stadium?

Guest blog and great infographic from Matt Zajechowski

It’s no secret that analytics are everywhere. We can now measure everything, from exabytes of organizational “big data”  to smaller, personal information like your heart rate during a run.…

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Added by William Vorhies on September 25, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

What does a Data Scientist do?

This article is no longer available. We apologize for the inconvenience. To read more about what data scientists do, click here. The following articles are also useful:

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Added by William Vorhies on September 22, 2015 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Making order out of chaos: that is the magic of Business Intelligence (BI).

Guest blog by Evelyn Hylton…

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Added by William Vorhies on September 21, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

There is Something New Under the Sun: Uplift Modeling

Summary:  Just when you thought there was nothing new under the sun in response modeling, surprise, along comes Uplift Modeling.

Tools and approaches to response modeling are so fully explored and…

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Added by William Vorhies on September 21, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

My data science glossary

Guest blog by Bob DuCharme

Complete with a dot org domain name.

Lately I've been studying up on the…

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Added by William Vorhies on September 19, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

How to Choose Between Learning Python or R First

If you're starting out in Data Science this is a good question to ask yourself.  After all you want to be immediately employable and also be efficient with your own time.

Cheng Hang Lee took on this question in an article by this same name earlier this year and has a fairly comprehensive discussion of the pros and cons.  Some highlights:

The Case for R

R has a long and trusted history and a robust supporting community in the data…

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Added by William Vorhies on September 17, 2015 at 9:44am — 2 Comments

What is the most used feature in any business intelligence solution? It's the Export to Excel button.

I know this is an old joke in the BI community but I couldn't resist.  I was recently forwarded an article on the continued popularity of Excel in the BI community consisting of quotes from 27 experts saying how great and how relevant Excel remains.

We do categorize BI as static and historical as opposed to forward looking predictive analytics but I bet it's still true that Excel is a very widely used tool even by folks that…

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Added by William Vorhies on September 15, 2015 at 8:51am — 3 Comments

Automating the Data Scientist

Summary:  Do you think we can replace Data Scientist with software?

Talk about a fraught concept, this one ought to give you the willies.  I don’t mean to be a Luddite about the magical abilities of technology but the concept here is to replace data scientists with software.…

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Added by William Vorhies on September 14, 2015 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Big Data Top Trends in 2015

Guest blog by Jenny Brown:

Big Data is moving ahead with great strides in 2015 and is being used and represented across companies globally. The adoption rate of this…

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Added by William Vorhies on September 14, 2015 at 7:09am — No Comments

7 Traits of Highly Successful Business Analytics Professionals

Guest blog by: Dr. Charles “Chuck” Noon, a professor and Department Head of the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Peter Brand, the fictional sports analyst in the…

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Added by William Vorhies on September 10, 2015 at 9:08am — No Comments

How Big Data is Creating Big Wonders for Organizations Globally

Guest blog by Jenny Brown

As per a recent study by Accenture Analytics, enterprises that are starting upon and completing their…

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Added by William Vorhies on September 9, 2015 at 7:20am — No Comments

Grave Mistakes that Companies Make in Big Data Projects

Guest blog by Suha Emma:
Ubiquitous in the contemporary industry, big data and  analytics are being deployed by just about every organization to improve business outcomes. One of the primary purposes of big data…
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Added by William Vorhies on September 8, 2015 at 7:12am — 1 Comment

Why Big Data Isn't Necessarily Better Data

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Added by William Vorhies on September 2, 2015 at 8:09am — No Comments

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