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April 2010 Blog Posts (12)

A bioinformatics competition to better understand HIV

According to the World Health Organization, HIV has caused 25 millions deaths worldwide since it was first recognized in 1981. In recent years, the infection has been managed with a collection of therapies. However, the virus will likely evolve around these drugs, making it crucially important that we get a better understanding of the virus itself.

An important step in understanding the virus is to get a handle on its genetic blueprint. William Dampier of Drexler University is hosting… Continue

Added by Anthony Goldbloom on April 27, 2010 at 8:44pm — 2 Comments

The Ash Cloud: Risk Analytics at their worst

The Ash cloud that spread across Europe was considered (by authorities) unsafe for flying for several days, resulting in a loss of $1 billion to airlines. The conclusion was based solely on one test involving simulated data.

This raises a few issues:

- Good sense has been ignored. If flights had not been canceled (except in case of one single major issue such as plane crash or engine failure or problematic plane damage), the loss would have been much less than $1… Continue

Added by Mirko Krivanek on April 21, 2010 at 11:27pm — 3 Comments

eWEEK Chooses Business Intelligence Software from Rapid Insight Inc. as a “2010 Product to Watch”

Rapid Insight® Veera Recognized by eWEEK Editors as a Product that Enterprise IT Decision Makers Should Keep on their Radars

Conway, NH (PRWEB) April 20, 2010 -- Rapid Insight Inc., a provider of innovative business intelligence software and solutions, announced that eWEEK, the industry leader for strategic technology information, recently identified Veera as a “Product to Watch” in the April issue of its award-winning print magazine.

eWEEK 2010 Products to… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on April 20, 2010 at 1:29pm — No Comments

Use OLAP to measure Credit Card Acquiring Performance

Here is a practical model and implementation of OLAP applied to financial industry.

Credit card commissions are constantly shrinking. Small margins require careful planning and constant monitoring to keep business profitable and expand in the right direction. See how an OLAP model can provide analytics to respond to those needs.

Added by Franco Graziosi on April 20, 2010 at 1:27am — No Comments

Dashboard for Monitoring Performance vs Analytic Application

Do not confuse performance monitoring with business analytics, there are great differences and the choice depends on specific need.

Do you know those differences? Here is a schematic summary that will help you to decide best approach in each case.…


Added by Franco Graziosi on April 14, 2010 at 5:22pm — No Comments

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Added by Lucas Castro on April 14, 2010 at 12:04pm — No Comments

Computer Science Loses to Math in New Hiring Formula

Being a math geek has never been cooler, at least in Silicon Valley.

As Bay Area technology companies ramp up hiring out of the recession, they are in hot pursuit of a particular kind of employee: those with experience in statistics and other data-manipulation techniques.

Rather than looking for just plain-vanilla computer scientists, who typically don't have as deep a study of math and statistics, companies from Facebook Inc. to online advertising company AdMob Inc. say… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on April 14, 2010 at 1:23am — No Comments

Predictive Analytics and Politics

Over the past month i had the opportunity to combine different techniques to identify trends and patterns regarding the economic situation in Greece as seen from a Web perspective. The collection was made from different sources : Blogs, forums and various websites.

The situation in Greece is more or less known to many people. The country is in a bad economic shape and this has…

Added by Themos Kalafatis on April 13, 2010 at 11:44am — No Comments

Evaluating and estimating a DSGE model of the UK: Bank of England

Evaluating and estimating a DSGE model for the United Kingdom
Richard Harrison and Özlem Oomen
March 2010
Bank of England Working Paper No. 380

Added by John A Morrison on April 13, 2010 at 3:34am — No Comments

Multicollinearity in Time Series Data

To develop a forecasting model for time series data with many variables, principal component analysis is used to deal with the problem of multi collinearity, but before using MLR for forecasting is it necessary to take autocorrelation into account... and finally how to go about for forecasting?

Added by Nidhi on April 9, 2010 at 7:13pm — 1 Comment

Customer abandonment to improve ROI

Example: let say that airline ABC treats customers very well for the first 20,000 miles (new clients get window or aisle seats), but after that you get treated poorly (you always get a middle seat). As a result, some faithful clients switch to another airlines XYZ after a while. But XYZ plays the same game: window or aisle seat for the first 20,000 miles, then always a middle seat.

Is this a viable long-term business model? Essentially ABC and XYZ focus on stealing clients away from… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on April 4, 2010 at 11:23pm — 2 Comments

Brand building strategies

What are the pros and cons of the following strategies:

- highly centralized: one web site, one name, one brand

- decentralized: multiple names and brands

I'm trying to compare 3 branding strategies used by 3 analytic networks:

- Analyticbridge: decentralized, multiple brands and networks (e.g. analyticbridge, datashaping, etc.), internally funded but funding is limited (< $200K), leverages word of mouth

- KDnuggets: highly centralized, little… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on April 4, 2010 at 11:00pm — No Comments

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