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Featured Blog Posts – April 2009 Archive (13)

ADAPA® by Zementis…the “next thing” in predictive analytics.

A decision engine framework for real-time deployment of predictive models, ADAPA® supports an extensive collection of statistical and data mining algorithms; overcomes common industry challenges, enabling smart decisions as an integral part of your overall business strategy.



Imagine being able to move a model from the analytics scientist’s desk to a production environment by just moving Predictive Model Markup Language (PMML) files between… Continue

Added by Ronald J. Ramos on April 29, 2009 at 3:24pm — No Comments

#7: Here's a thought...

An occasional series in which a review of recent posts on SmartData Collective reveals the following nuggets:



First, the decision

The first step is to focus BI and dashboard development on decisions, and this means identifying the decisions that your users must make, the questions to which they need answers, and then focusing on these like a laser. Data quality, data integration, timeliness should all be driven by the decision’s needs. This can be a challenge for… Continue

Added by Brian Roger on April 27, 2009 at 12:51pm — No Comments

The Copula AGAIN - Forecasting VaR and Expected Shortfall using Dynamical Systems

Forecasting VaR and Expected Shortfall using Dynamical Systems A Risk Management Strategy



Cyril Caillault; Chief Investor Officer, Quantitative Strategies,

Fixed Income and Currencies, Fortis Investments,



Dominique Guégan, PSE – CES-MSE - Université Paris 1 – Panthéon – Sorbonne



Abstract

Using non-parametric and parametric models, we show that the bivariate distribution of an Asian portfolio is not stable along all the period under study. We suggest…

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Added by John A Morrison on April 27, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Making Davenport’s "Competing on Analytics" real, and in real-time for data-savvy leaders?

In their Harvard Business School Press book “Competing on Analytics: The New Science of Winning,” published in February of 2007 Thomas H. Davenport and Jeanne G. Harris discuss three things as the basis of competition: efficient and effective execution, smart decision making, and the ability to wring every drop of value from business processes—all of which can be gained through sophisticated use of analytics. They argue that the frontier for using data to make decisions has shifted… Continue

Added by Ronald J. Ramos on April 22, 2009 at 12:32pm — No Comments

4 open source data mining tools (with GUI)

I was at the Semantic Web Meetup @ the Hearst Building in NYC (amazing venue, the first green building completed in NYC) yesterday and someone asked about open source tools available for data mining, specifically for clustering. Unfortunately I had to run out after the meetup and couldn’t provide these to him. The one mentioned by the presenter was Weka, which also the first free open source tool I came across.



Anyway, here are the ones I have found that are worth checking out and… Continue

Added by Bruno M on April 21, 2009 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

The Alchemy of CDO Credit Ratings - Harvard (Economics)

It's unusual that I see anything from Harvard in my space, if its from Harvard it usually is of interest to my wife! (of which a little more later). But this is interesting allright, more than that its really good;-



The Alchemy of CDO Credit Ratings by Efraim Benmelech (Harvard University and NBER)

Jennifer Dlugosz (Harvard University and Harvard Business School)



ABSTRACT



Collateralized Loan Obligations (CLOs) were one of the largest and fastest growing… Continue

Added by John A Morrison on April 19, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

#6: Here’s a thought…

An occasional series in which a review of recent posts on SmartData Collective reveals the following nuggets:



Trend analysis

Trend analysis in a multidimensional environment is simply using time as one of the dimensions that you are slicing and dicing your measures by. If you want to extrapolate from data, albeit in a visual (and possibly non-rigorous manner) to estimate future figures, then often a simple graph will suffice (something that virtually all BI tools will… Continue

Added by Brian Roger on April 19, 2009 at 8:31pm — No Comments

Death of Consumer Segmentation - Ridiculous! (by Tom Anderson)

If thinking about segmentation, make sure you talk to someone who has actually done a few different types!



There’s another article on consumer segmentation this week that seems to be getting a lot of buzz on twitter etc. You can read the article here in AdAge CMO Strategy section. Michael Fassnacht argues about the weakness of segmentation.



I disagreed with this article and will respond briefly here because I think segmentation studies are the most important type of… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on April 19, 2009 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Taking High Performance Computing Mainstream with Microsoft

At the High Performance on Wall Street conference (last September (2008)), Microsoft’s high performance computing honcho, Bill Laing announced Windows HPC Server 2008. Microsoft’s goal is to take HPC mainstream and make Windows an alternative to Linux and Unix for HPC customers, particularly in the financial sector.…



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Added by John A Morrison on April 17, 2009 at 10:47am — No Comments

#5: Here's a thought...

An occasional series in which a review of recent posts on SmartData Collective reveals the following nuggets:



The right feedback

Often today, in our information saturated world, the problem isn't getting feedback, but instead getting feedback in a way that it can be aggregated, managed and responded to in a reasonable fashion. Many of the current methods like email, forums, focus groups and forums simply don't meet the needs effectively. Either the cost is too high, it's… Continue

Added by Brian Roger on April 12, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Computational Biologist: Bioinformatics Developer

I am currently looking for a Computational Biologist: Bioinformatics Developer to work in the RTP area of NC. For more information please e-mail me at [email protected]

Added by Lori Miller on April 10, 2009 at 12:44pm — No Comments

We're Looking for a Few Good Bloggers for SmartData Collective

The Smart Data Collective is the Data-Driven Enterprise Community. Discuss business intelligence, data mining, data warehousing, enterprise data, e-gov, data integration, CRM, predictive analytics, risk management, and anything else data-related!



If you have a blog already, join smartdatacollective.com as a member and featured blogger (which, I hasten to add, involves no additional work on your… Continue

Added by Brian Roger on April 5, 2009 at 10:18pm — No Comments

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