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The Top 10 Business Analysis Skills for 2012 | Batimes

Author: Angela Wick, CBAP, PMP – Angela advises organizations in developing BACoEs, BA practices, and growing BA competencies. 

I like to think of the BA role as a broker of information, getting big picture and details from many different people, groups, executives, subject matter experts,…


Added by Vincent Granville on March 30, 2012 at 7:58am — No Comments

Obama administration to push big data agenda | Gigaom

Big data must really be big to get its own White House-sanctioned research and development push.

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy will host a  live webcastThursday at 2 p.m. eastern time to outline how the government can “help big data” with its Big Data Research and Development…


Added by Vincent Granville on March 30, 2012 at 6:58am — No Comments

Berkeley course on Data Science

Instructor is former Facebook data star. See



Added by Vincent Granville on March 24, 2012 at 9:04am — 1 Comment

Social Meets Big Data - EMC/Greenplum (Webcast, March 20)

Social Meets Big Data

Social Meets Big Data Webcast - Greenplum Product Announcement

How Social, Open, and Agile is your Big Data?

Join experts from EMC and Greenplum for the announcement of new Big Data technologies, partnerships, and initiatives that will drive greater business insight and economic value from your data than ever before. You'll see for yourself how social web, open-source…


Added by Vincent Granville on March 13, 2012 at 3:32pm — No Comments

50 unusual ways analytics are used to make our lives better

Many more to come soon. Let's start with 10 for today.
  1. Automated patient diagnostic and customized treatment. Instead of going to the doctor, you fill an online (decision tree type of) questionnaire. At the end of the online medical exam, customized drugs are prescribed, manufactured and delivered to you: for instance, male drug abusers receive a different mix than healthy females, for the same condition. In short,…

Added by Vincent Granville on March 9, 2012 at 3:06pm — No Comments

Top analytic blogs and websites, with trending information


  • This analysis is based on data submitted on sign-up by 16,000 Analyticbridge members, between February 2008 and December 2011.
  • A "plus" (+) sign on the right-hand column (below) shows growth between 2008/2009 and 2010/2010. A "plus plus" (++) sign means strong growth, and is usually achieved by new web sites.…

Added by Vincent Granville on March 5, 2012 at 6:42pm — No Comments

Six keywords characterizing milestones in the history of analytic engineering: from 1988 to 2033

  • 1988: Artificial Intelligence. Also: Computational Statistics.
  • 1995: Web Analytics. Also: Machine Learning, Business Intelligence, Data Mining, ROI, Distributed Architecture, Data Architecture.
  • 2003: Business Analytics. Also: Text Mining, Unstructured…

Added by Vincent Granville on March 4, 2012 at 3:09am — No Comments

Excel to HTML, and other data format conversions

What is the best Excel to HTML converter? I've found Tableizer at, it's free and it's a web app. But I'm wondering if there are other convenient solutions.

More generally, what is the best tool for format conversion (that can do ALL conversions without destroying the original format, such as changing a date into a number or worse, text format)?

  • SAS ->…

Added by Vincent Granville on March 3, 2012 at 3:09pm — No Comments

Big Data for the Public Good - Seminar Series

We are generating more data than ever before. Thanks to the data scientists who organize and analyze this information, this abundance of Big Data can be harnessed to serve the public interest in innovative ways.

Big Data for the Public Good is a four-part seminar series hosted by Code for America in San Francisco and sponsored by Greenplum, a division of EMC, that explores how data scientists and change agents…


Added by Vincent Granville on March 1, 2012 at 8:10am — No Comments

Seeking PHD Candidates and Alumni from Top Universities in Computational Science and Mathematics

Multiple Data Science Positions for PhDs and PhD students

Accretive Health

Chicago, IL.

Accretive Health (NYSE: AH) is looking for PHDs and PHD students from top schools with a passion for machine learning, algorithms, AI, data mining and bioinformatics to solve a massive problem.

We want to talk with you about tackling one of the most complex and compelling issues in this country: the need to reduce healthcare costs while increasing…


Added by Vincent Granville on February 17, 2012 at 8:53am — No Comments

Example of Bad Analytics and How to Remedy it

This came in my mailbox as a sales pitch by Autobox, however I thought that it is interesting:

Since we are always interested in learning about how others do time series and testing how our approaches work vis-à-vis other dated procedures, we pursued the data and would like to share our results. 

Sometimes in an educational process, simplifying and simply wrong assumptions are made to solve complex time series.…


Added by Vincent Granville on February 17, 2012 at 8:20am — No Comments

[Book] Big Data - Principles and best practices of scalable realtime data systems

Big Data

Principles and best practices of scalable realtime data systems


Nathan Marz and Sam Ritchie

MEAP Began: January 2012

Softbound print: Summer 2012 | 425 pages 

ISBN: 9781617290343

Pre-Order options*
Order today and start…

Added by Vincent Granville on February 17, 2012 at 8:05am — No Comments

Key update for Social Media Analytics Summit

Since the super early bird special is ending on Friday, I'd love for you to check out the brochure for the Social Media Analytics Summit (April 17-18, San Fran) if you haven't taken a look yet. You can do so here - Social Media Analytics Summit Brochure…


Added by Vincent Granville on February 14, 2012 at 2:41pm — No Comments

10+ Great Metrics and Strategies for Email Campaign Optimization

This is our first article in a series about good actionable KPI's to optimize various ROI. Future articles will focuse on metrics for fraud detection, user engagement etc. This one focuses on newsletter optimization.

If you run an online newsletter, here are a number of metrics you need to track:

  1. Open rate: proportion of uniques opening your newsletter. Anything below 10% is poor,…

Added by Vincent Granville on February 14, 2012 at 8:11am — No Comments

Request For Proposal: Financial Market Analysis Algorithms


I am contacting you to make you aware of NineSigma Request, RFP# 67977, "Financial Market Analysis Algorithms."

NineSigma, representing a multi-billion dollar IT company, invites proposals for technologies to analyze stock prices and currency exchange rates to provide users with indicators that are…


Added by Vincent Granville on February 9, 2012 at 4:25pm — No Comments

Interview with Drew Rockwell, CEO of Lavastorm

1. Short Bio

I started my career in the communications industry, where I spent 20 years with a Tier 1 carrier in probably 15 different jobs across the entire organization: Marketing, Advertising, Product Management, Operations, Sales, General Management, Strategy and Business Development. I basically experienced a multi-billion business from many different functional areas, at increasingly responsible…


Added by Vincent Granville on February 9, 2012 at 2:32pm — No Comments

[Job] Data Scientist, Analytics - Twitter (San Francisco, CA)

About this Job

We're looking for highly motivated individuals to help us extract meaning from Twitter's massive dataset. As a Data Scientist for the Analytics team, you'll use statistical analysis and data mining techniques to help us better understand how users engage with Twitter, determine whether new and experimental features should be launched, and measure Twitter's success across the entire organization. You should be passionate about finding insights in data and using…


Added by Vincent Granville on February 9, 2012 at 8:20am — No Comments Announces Content Partnership with to Expand Big Data Ecosystem

The online hub for big data practitioners also adds industry thought leader, Richard Snee, as advisor and guest editor

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire via…


Added by Vincent Granville on February 1, 2012 at 8:50am — No Comments

Another idea to help Amazon increase ROI

When you do a book search on Amazon using keywords, in the search result page you see 16 results. If you've bought one (or more) of these books, it still shows up on the search result page. It would be easy to eliminate that book that you already purchased (e.g. by showing it at the bottom of the page), and replacing it by another book that you haven't purchased yet. Sounds to me like an obvious, simple optimization trick. Maybe Amazon's statisticians use very complex models that change…


Added by Vincent Granville on January 25, 2012 at 2:50pm — No Comments

News from the Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative

Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative

Added by Vincent Granville on January 20, 2012 at 7:32am — No Comments

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