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Find value in online/social text and sentiment: free report, conferences

This is a quick entry to tell you about three things --

- My free report, "Text/Content Analytics 2011: User Perspectives on Solutions and Providers," is out. Are you looking for business value in "unstructured" social, online, or enterprise sources? My report will provide background information and "wisdom of the crowds" guidance you can use. Download the report free via

- For a deeper dive into…


Added by Seth Grimes on October 8, 2011 at 8:08pm — 1 Comment

Home-made clinical trials lead to a cure for widespread skin complaints

One of my friends (referred to as the patient) holds a Ph.D. degree in statistics and has been affected with a common skin condition for more than 20 years, known as rosacea ( Here we report how he came with a solution to fully eliminate the problem. Physicians traditionally agree that there is no cure for rosacea.

This study involves only one patient. But…


Added by Capri on October 8, 2011 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

Interesting note and questions on mathematical patents

I was reading about the "Automated Reduced Error Predictive Analytics" patent secured by Rice Analytics (see below) and my first question is:

How can you successfully sue competitors about using a mathematical technology? After all, most vendors offer error and variance reduction as well as dimension reduction and automated model selection (based on optimizing goodness-of-fit) in their software. All statistical and data mining consultants, including myself, also use similar…


Added by Capri on October 8, 2011 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Best and worst metro areas for analytic professionals

Click on the link below to download our spreadsheet with data for 91 metro areas in US. The 4-th column, labeled Unique Index, tells you which cities have the highest proportion of people visiting Analyticbridge. These are monthly statistics.

  • Seattle, Raleigh Durham, Boston, San Francisco, New York are at the top
  • Louisville, Fresno, New Orleans, Lexington are at the bottom…


Added by Vincent Granville on October 7, 2011 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

Number of Americans with no job for a year or more

A chart that speaks by itself. Couldn't be described any better by using words. Of course, population grew between 1970 and 2010, but not by 400%. Did the definition of unemployed changed between 2007 and 2009?


Added by Vincent Granville on October 6, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Oracle announces Exalytics BI, big data systems | TechTarget

SAN FRANCISCO -- Oracle introduced two new appliances Sunday, one an in-memory server for business intelligence and the other a big data appliance for Hadoop and NoSQL.

The Oracle Exalytics Business Intelligence Machine is a server that runs the company’s own TimesTen in-memory technology and Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite. It includes 1 TB of dynamic random-access…


Added by Vincent Granville on October 6, 2011 at 5:51pm — No Comments

Data scientists helping businesses navigate 'big data' seas | TechTarget

Facebook Inc. and LinkedIn Corp. are primarily known for their social networking prowess, but they’re also credited with helping to formalize an emerging job category known as data scientists -- and they both now employ a cadre of people in that role.

The data scientist position, which is also gaining ground at companies such as Google, Foursquare, Groupon and even financial services firm Zions Bancorporation, typically involves a combination of analytical, statistical,…


Added by Vincent Granville on October 6, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

The new superstars: data scientists | Silicon Angle


Data Scientists are the new rock stars of the technology world.

Don’t believe me? At last week’s Strata conference, throngs of attendees were jockeying so intensely for position to listen to bitly Data Scientist Hilary Mason that I thought I might be at a Bon Jovi concert circa 1986.

Ok, perhaps I’m exaggerating just a…


Added by Jean-Paul Rasson on October 5, 2011 at 10:32pm — 2 Comments

IBM launches city parking analytics system | IDG News

IBM has launched a system designed to help cities ease parking congestion and collect more parking fees, the company announced Wednesday. The service could also help motorists find parking spaces more easily in crowded urban areas.

"The existing parking systems are pretty inefficient [in terms] of how cities manage them," said Vinodh Swaminathan, IBM's director of intelligent transportation systems. "Think of a parking spot as a revenue-producing asset. With the…


Added by Jean-Paul Rasson on October 5, 2011 at 10:29pm — No Comments

FICO Announces the Analytic Learning Webinar Series for Financial Services Professionals

FICO has announced the FICO Analytic Learning Webinar Series, five free webinars from October through January devoted to helping financial services analytics professionals improve their use of predictive analytics and modeling.


The webinars focus on sharing advanced analytic techniques pioneered by FICO experts along with case studies demonstrating how financial services institutions around the world are using analytics and modeling to solve business problems…


Added by Vincent Granville on October 5, 2011 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

Predictive analytics- A Case for Nonprofits and Government contracting agencies

Non-profits and Government Contractors can gain significant long-term benefits by applying predictive analytics to their operational and historical data. Unlike traditional BI, which are more backward-looking in nature, predictive analytics approaches are focused on helping companies glean actionable intelligence based on historical data.If applied correctly, predictive analytics can enable organizations to identify and respond to new opportunities more quickly. Predictive analytics practices… Continue

Added by Shyam Desigan on October 3, 2011 at 8:44pm — 1 Comment

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Economics in the Next Ten Years?

A young economist, or an economics journalist interested in what the young are working on, could do a lot worse than reading through, as I did the other day, …


Added by John A Morrison on October 3, 2011 at 10:42pm — No Comments

Identifying the number of clusters: finally a solution

Here I propose a solution that can be automated and does not require visual inspection by a human being. The solution can thus be applied to billions of clustering problems, automated and processed in batch mode.

Note that the concept of cluster is a fuzzy one. How do you define a cluster? How many clusters in the chart…


Added by Vincent Granville on October 2, 2011 at 11:30pm — 13 Comments

Official salary of 30,000 University of Washington employees

This information is public and can be found at See the individual salaries at, ranging from $7/hr to $40,000 per month. The highest salaries are associated with "coach football" job titles: maybe this university specializes in teaching football.…


Added by Titus on August 17, 2010 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments

Three recent news articles involving big data and Microsoft, SAP, Oracle, Sybase

  1. SAP co-CEO sees big future in lots of data | ThunderFeeds
    SAP co-CEO sees big future in lots…

Added by Capri on September 30, 2011 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

How to detect a pattern? Problem and solution.

Check the three charts below: only one shows no pattern and is truly random. Which one?…


Added by Vincent Granville on September 28, 2011 at 6:00pm — 5 Comments

Video: 3 Big Data Tech Talks You Can’t Miss | LinkedIn Blog

This is a part of our continuing series on engineering and analytics at LinkedIn. If this isn’t your cup of Java, check back tomorrow for regular LinkedIn programming. Else, check out our Engineering Blog. - Ed.

Sharing knowledge is part of our core culture at LinkedIn, whether it’s through …


Added by Vincent Granville on September 26, 2011 at 12:41pm — No Comments

Can Google+ rule the Social Media Kingdom?

Speculations have begun. Discussions and debates have started to occur; Google+ has set its first step in the Social Media world.

The yet to be launched application is just starting to open its cards. The trial version of the application is out, but it is not enough to prove its dominance over peer social networking sites, particularly on Facebook. Despite all the past Google attempts to bring up a strong Social Media product, Facebook continues to enjoy…

Added by Manish Mohan on September 26, 2011 at 10:49am — No Comments

EMC Tries To Unify Big Data Analytics | InformationWeek

EMC Greenplum Modular Data Computing Appliance puts SQL and Hadoop in the same box, but is it a truly cohesive platform?


Added by Jean-Paul Rasson on September 26, 2011 at 9:54am — No Comments

Support Vector Clustering: An approach to overcome the limits of K-means

An implementation using AMPL & SNOPT

Results managed and plotted via…


Added by Cristian Mesiano on September 26, 2011 at 3:36am — No Comments

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