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Featured Blog Posts – November 2012 Archive (27)

Social Analytics – New uses of Social Intelligence

We all live in a digital world or rather ‘social digital’ world. This is because so many of us have taken to Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites/tools that this has become an obsession to many.  

Obviously, the huge social media traffic has provided companies an unprecedented opportunity to showcase and message themselves. Marketers and bankers have happily followed the traffic.  Now every company has a social media strategy,   mostly directed at messaging and feeling…


Added by Naagesh Padmanaban on November 30, 2012 at 9:38pm — No Comments

Data Science Central Weekly Digest - November 30

This newsletter contains three sections: announcements from sponsors (at the top), featured contributions from the Data Science Central community, and valuable resources for big data, data science and analytic practitioners (at the bottom).

Sponsored Listings…


Added by Vincent Granville on November 30, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Webinar signup: Advances in Gradient Boosting: the Power of Post-Processing. December 14, 10-11 a.m., PST

Webinar signup: Advances in Gradient Boosting: the Power of Post-Processing

December 14, 10-11 a.m., PST

Webinar Registration:  


Course Outline:

I. Gradient Boosting and Post-Processing:

o What is missing from Gradient Boosting?

o Why post-processing techniques are used?




Added by Lisa Solomon on November 29, 2012 at 1:31pm — No Comments

The World's 7 Most Powerful Data Scientists

According to Tim O'Reilly. Do you recognize them? How many do you know? Do you agree with this ranking?



Added by Vincent Granville on November 24, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments

8 Steps to Get Started with (Big) Data

A previous post compared working with data to a digestive system. At BigML we think that the Big Data technology in Ingestion and Digestion (capturing data and processing data) is hyped at the expense of Absorption and Assimilation (creating new insights and putting them to action). Aquiring a new tool, installing it on your hardware and learning…


Added by Jos Verwoerd on November 23, 2012 at 2:55am — No Comments

International Year of Statistics: 2013

Word is Spreading

The word about the International Year of Statistics (Statistics2013) is starting to circle the globe. Check out this entry by the writers…


Added by Vincent Granville on November 21, 2012 at 11:23am — No Comments

Data Science Dictionary

Top 50 data science / big data techniques, described in less than 40 words, for decision makers. Please help us: any definition that you fill will have your name attached to it: send your definition or new term and definition to [email protected] See also The Data Science Alphabet.…


Added by Vincent Granville on November 17, 2012 at 10:30pm — 7 Comments

A data scientist's solution to healthcare

This applies to US healthcare, where costs of health services are 10 times above what it should be.


Here's an unusual point of view and solution to fix the problem. This applies to individuals rather than healthcare providers:…


Added by Vincent Granville on November 17, 2012 at 6:00pm — 9 Comments

Percieved versus Real Costs

Will Obama care raise the cost of Pizza? 4 cents.

Read the article at slate.


Added by Paris Granville on November 17, 2012 at 5:07pm — No Comments

Document Clustering and Graph Clustering: graph entropy as linkage function

Let's continue our discussion about the applications of the graph entropy concept.

Today I'm going to show how we can re-use the same concept on the document clustering.

What I want to highlight is that through such methodology it's possible to:

  1. extract from a document the relevant words (as discussed …

Added by Cristian Mesiano on November 17, 2012 at 1:35am — No Comments

Three Misconceptions About Barriers to Big Data Analytics

The data tsunami is upon us – most organizations are drowning in it. The presidential election delivered on the promise of Big Data through Nate Silver’s masterful use of predictive analytics, namely that ‘there is gold in them hills’ of data. Analytics can convert this raw data into gold. But does every organization need a Nate Silver to find that gold?

That’s the…


Added by Radhika Subramanian on November 15, 2012 at 8:21am — No Comments

STPivot, Free and Open Source OLAP viewer

STPivot is an open source web based OLAP viewer, completely free and open source, based on default Pivot viewer provided by Pentaho, writen on top of JPivot. The idea behind this project was to improve JPivot user's experience, by taking advantage of free user interface libraries and technologies (such as jQuery and Ajax).…


Added by Emilio Arias on November 14, 2012 at 3:27am — No Comments

What do famous fashionistas and Big Data have in common?

What do the Olsen Twins, Rachel Bilson, Jessica Simpson, Justin Timberlake and big data all have in common? All are associated with the same social e-commerce company, BeachMint, according to Donna Prlich, director of product marketing at Pentaho.…


Added by Sarah Conway on November 13, 2012 at 9:52am — No Comments

The top 20 data visualisation tools

Interesting, yet I don't know why Tableau, Perl, Java and Python libraries, and SAS are not included...Anyway, here's the article:…

The top 20 data visualisation tools


Added by Vincent Granville on November 12, 2012 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

How to sell Analytics to your boss

I have twice the experience of building an Analytic team, one with my first job and second with my current one. I left in my first job just that I was frustrated by the organization's lack of commitment to Analytic, or in other word: I found that the Senior Management did not appreciate the development of Analytic. As I learnt it after years of contemplation, the problem lie not with the company, nor the boss: It has more to do with YOU, the lonely Analytic guy out there in the organization.…


Added by Jeffrey Ng on November 12, 2012 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

What's the fuss about MCK, BCG and BAIN?

Management Consultant, especially Strategy Consultant, has been very appealing to MBA graduates. In fact, Strategy Consultant is also an Analytic Professional, except the fact that they also have to jot the dots and build up communication bridges within the organization.

What they are good at: Asking for cold facts, collecting it, giving relatively objective recommendations to firms and present their findings well. :-) Being an in-house analyst working with these consultants,…


Added by Jeffrey Ng on November 9, 2012 at 8:47am — No Comments

14 great data science articles from top news outlets

Enjoy the reading!

  1. Data Scientist #3 best job…

Added by Vincent Granville on November 7, 2012 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Data Scientist #3 best job according to CNN

10-year job growth: 18.7%
Median pay: $98,600…
IT Data Scientist


Added by Vincent Granville on November 5, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

SAS BI Dashboard: Putting Adding Branding to the Dashboard!

After creating a dashboard, the customer asks to have their logo and colors added so their organization branding is available.  Using the SAS Flex Theme Designer, you can change the SAS BI Dashboard colors and logos. In this post I showed you some basics for using the SAS Flex Theme Designer…


Added by Tricia Aanderud on November 5, 2012 at 5:12am — No Comments

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