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15 great data science articles from influential news outlets

This is our third post in our series of "great articles". For each article, click on the link after the title to read the full story.

1. How Big Data Will Disrupt the $9 Billion Music Publishing Rights Businesshttp://blogs.wsj.com/cio/2012/05/15/how-big-data-will-disrupt-the-9...

Even successful songwriters experience their share of professional frustration, and so it was for Scott Schreer. In his view, understanding and monitoring the royalties for his compositions–which included the music for the “Have a Coke and a Smile” TV commercials, penned when he was 25–was an impossible challenge. Like most songwriters worldwide, he depended upon performing rights organizations such as ASCAP and BMI in the U.S. to negotiate and collect royalties for the performance of his work in TV productions and other public venues.

2. Data-Mining in Doctor's Office Helps Solve Medical Mysteries - http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-05-15/data-mining-in-doctors-...

When hospitals turn to Microsoft Corp., it's no longer just for the latest office software. Some are asking the technology giant for help in diagnosing their patients.

In one instance, a hospital in Washington, D.C., asked Microsoft to examine its medical records to determine why certain patients were getting sick soon after being discharged. The company crunched the data from MedStar Washington Hospital Center and found something surprising: Patients who stayed in the same room had come down with the same infection.

3. Obama Administration Big Data Initiative Calls All Hands on Deckhttp://data-informed.com/obama-administration-big-data-initiative-c...

The Obama Administration’s announcement that it is investing $200 million in a big data initiative reads like a checklist for leaders of advanced organizations who want to derive ever-more sophisticated insights from data sets growing in size and complexity by the hour.

  • Advance the means for data scientists to manage, analyze, visualize and extract useful information from large and diverse data sets. Check.
  • Create a cloud-based system that allows researchers to access a 200-terabyte data set. Check.
  • Develop new scalable software tools for analyzing large volumes of structured and unstructured data in distributed data stores. Check.
  • Create human-computer interaction tools to facilitate “rapidly customizable visual reasoning.” Check.
  • Launch an online innovation marketplace for qualified bidders to contest for R&D “data to decisions” projects. Check.

A Lack of Big Data Investment

These and other projects unveiled March 29 are a response to a recent White House assessment that the federal government was underinvesting in information technologies that enable scientists, researchers and analysts to “move from data to knowledge to action,” said John P. Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

4. Five Myths about Predictive Analyticshttp://tdwi.org/articles/2012/05/01/5-predictive-analytics-myths.aspx

  • Myth #1: You can’t start until a data warehouse is in place
  • Myth #2: Predictive analytics requires a Ph.D. or math degree
  • Myth #3: There is a long time-to-value with predictive analytics
  • Myth #4: Curiosity killed the cat
  • Myth #5: The results are incomprehensible

5. Big data is worth nothing without big sciencehttp://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-57434736-92/big-data-is-worth-noth...

As with gold or oil, data has no intrinsic value, writes Webtrends CEO Alex Yoder. Big science, which bridges the gap between knowledge and insight, is where the real value is.

6. Three Big “WHO”s to Master Big Datahttp://futureofcio.blogspot.com/2012/05/three-big-whos-to-master-bi...

  • Big Data Visionary
  • Big Data Analytical/Technical Expert
  • Big Data Solutionary

7. Imagining a Census Survey Without a Mandatehttp://blogs.wsj.com/numbersguy/imagining-a-census-survey-without-a...

My print column explores a House bill that would make it voluntary for Americans who receive the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey to respond to it, to protect the privacy of those who don’t want to answer its dozens of questions.

Several statisticians and demographers caution that the bill would diminish the quality of ACS data by reducing response rates. “For a Congress that has shunned traditional earmarks, objective, high quality, and consistent data available for communities of all sizes are the only logical and fair way to allocate federal dollars to places and populations most in need of assistance,” said Terri Ann Lowenthal, a consultant to the Census Project, a group of government agencies and advocacy groups that organized a letter signed by dozens of groups warning about the potential effects of the House bill.

8. GM Says No More Facebook Ads For Now; Sure Signs That Big Data Is Growing Up http://www.adexchanger.com/ad-exchange-news/wednesday-05162012/

9. Fundraising Survey Results: More Organizations Considering Predictive Modeling in 2012http://www.wealthengine.com/blog/2012/fundraising-mini-survey-more-...

10. Managed Care - Data mining technology to manage outpatient costhttp://fixushealth.com/managed care/managed-care-managed-care-data-...

11. Big Data Bubbles Up Trouble!http://blog.pentaho.com/2012/05/16/big-data-bubbles-up-trouble/

12. Probabilistic Data Structures for Web Analytics and Data Mininghttp://highlyscalable.wordpress.com/2012/05/01/probabilistic-struct...

13. Various Data Mining Techniqueshttp://www.europamines.net/134-various-data-mining-techniques.html

14. Art and Analysis – A Designer’s View of Data Visualizationhttp://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/featured-insights/art-and-analy...

15. Bringing closer Data Visualization and Information designhttp://www.indiegogo.com/auramavega

16. Recent Job ads with listed salaryhttp://www.analyticsearches.com/wps-search-current-positions/

  • The Digital Analytics Association (DAA), formerly known as the Web Analytics Association (WAA), released an infographic that provides a breakdown of digital analytics professionals' salaries across the United States. In the midst of a recession, the starting salary for a digital analyst across key geographic locations is $60,800.
  • Senior Manager Demand Planning in Manufacturing, To $130K Depending on Skills and Experience, Seattle WA
  • Senior Manager Analytic Insights, To $130K Depending Upon Skills and Experience, Atlanta, GA
  • Director of Analytics, Jersey City or San Francisco, To $150K Depending Upon Skills and Availability
  • Risk Management & Fraud Prevention Manager, To $120K Depending Upon Skills and Experience, Chicago, Illinois

Read our previous "great articles" at:

  1. http://www.analyticbridge.com/profiles/blogs/13-great-articles-abou...
  2. http://www.analyticbridge.com/profiles/blogs/a-new-set-of-six-great...

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