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Added by Vincent Granville on January 17, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Misconceptions about statistics

I was reading the article Gambling versus Probability: Predictive Analytics Requires Advanced Skills published by Thomas Rathburn in the B-Eyed network. Here's the section that I found to be filled with wrong information:

Traditional statistical analysis is often of limited value. It is not that these tools are somehow flawed. Rather, it is that they are overly simplistic and, in many cases inappropriate for the… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on January 14, 2010 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

The tragedy of anti-data leadership and dataphobia

Posted by James Standen on 1/07/10 • Categorized as Data Quality, Reality Check, data culture

There has been a lot of discussion in the last year or so about how important data analysis is becoming.

IBM made a major move into data analytics by establishing a new organisation "Business Analytics & Optimization Services" with 4000 people in it.

There was the much quoted Hal Varian of Google who predicted that the sexy new job this century will be some sort of… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on January 8, 2010 at 12:16am — No Comments

Advanced Analytics Predictions For 2010

By James Kobielus,

Information Management Blogs, December 15, 2009

As we bid adieu to one decade and move into the next, it’s important to catch our collective breath and to take a quick look ahead. Here are some quick thoughts on the trends that will shape advanced analytics in the year to come. These trends will set the stage for thoroughgoing transformation of business intelligence (BI), data warehousing (DW), predictive analytics (PA), data mining (DM), business activity… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on January 1, 2010 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

University of Minnesota computer scientists to help track global climate change through new data mining tools

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (12/15/2009) - The University of Minnesota and the Planetary Skin Institute have announced a new partnership to use data mining tools to track historical changes in the Earth's forest ecosystems and better determine their relationship to climate change. The University of Minnesota is one of the first academic partners to join the Planetary Skin Institute. The partnership was announced today at COP15, the United Nations Climate Change Conference in… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on December 21, 2009 at 8:26pm — No Comments

Twelve reasons why analytics fails to deliver its promises

  • The model is more accurate than the data: you try to kill a fly with a nuclear weapon.
  • You spent one month designing a perfect solution when a 95% accurate solution can be designed in one day. You focus on 1% of the business revenue, lack vision / lack the big picture.
  • Poor communication. Not listening to the client, not requesting the proper data. Providing too much data to…

Added by Vincent Granville on December 20, 2009 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Analytics 3.0. - Designing an all-purpose analytics web server, offering API, SaaS, on-demand services

There is an increasing number of individuals and companies that are now delivering analytics solutions using modern web-based platforms: Data-Applied, DataSpora and AnalyticBridge to name a few.

The concept is at least 10 years old, but because inexpensive web servers can now handle a large bandwidth, and can process megabytes of data in a few seconds (even without… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on December 20, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

The sentiment on US Economy from Twitter

Is the economic crisis over? What is the sentiment of people regarding US Economy and the future? These are some of the questions that many people ask these days and the signs are somewhat mixed. Dow Jones is close to the 10000 mark and some US Economy Indices show that the worse is behind. But do people feel the same?

To answer these questions 10000 Tweets containing the word economy were collected with the purpose of finding out what people think and how they feel about the US… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on December 20, 2009 at 9:53am — 2 Comments

tech geek? the government wants you

The government is seeking out 10,000 tech-savvy young Americans to take part in the U.S. Cyber Challenge, a program to encourage and train those interested in cybersecurity and set them on the right track toward a permanent job in the field.

Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center

Announced in May, the project was officially launched this week, and is the military’s first attempt to reach civilian students. The new project is an effort among the U.S. Department of… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on December 16, 2009 at 1:39am — No Comments

Discovering Content by Mining the Entity Web

November 18th, 2009 by Deep Dhillon

I had a blast last night presenting to CS students at the University of Washington. For those who missed the talk, the video is embedded below.

Abstract: Unstructured natural language text found in blogs, news and other web content is rich with semantic relations linking entities (people, places and things). At Evri, we are building a system which automatically reads web content similar to the way humans do. The system can be thought of… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on December 15, 2009 at 9:11pm — No Comments

HP researchers try to tell you who your friends are

By Brandon Bailey

[email protected]

Posted: 12/12/2009 04:00:00 PM PST

Most people have scores of contacts, scattered around their mobile phone, e-mail address book and multiple social networking sites. Scientists at Hewlett-Packard can tell you which of those contacts are your closest friends.

It may sound a bit out of character for a company like HP, perhaps best known for producing mass-market PCs and printers, along with hardware and software for… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on December 13, 2009 at 10:57pm — No Comments

Great articles from SmartDataCollective

Business Analytics vs. Business Intelligence:

R, REvolution named in top analytic trends for 2010…


Added by Vincent Granville on December 11, 2009 at 12:21am — No Comments

Interesting articles recently posted - from KDNuggets

Fordham University and IBM Launch Curriculum to Prepare Students with Business Analytics Skills

Nurses Group Accepting Research Proposals for Quality Data Mining…


Added by Vincent Granville on December 11, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments

The Top 10 Trends for 2010 in Analytics, Business Intelligence, and Performance Management

According to Nenshad Bardoliwalla.

1. We will witness the emergence of packaged strategy-driven execution applications ...

2. The holy grail of the predictive, real-time enterprise will start to deliver on its promises ...

3. The industry will put reporting and slice-and-dice capabilities in their appropriate places and return to its decision-centric roots with a healthy dose of Web 2.0 style collaboration. ...

4. Performance, risk, and… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on December 8, 2009 at 8:07pm — 1 Comment

The Web Analytics Headache

Understanding and integrating data -- survey from

To prove the success of their campaigns, marketers need analytics. But many report frustration with understanding and using the Web analytics tools necessary to prove their success to management, according to “The Web Analytics War Reader Survey” by Unica.

The biggest challenge for marketers was integrating Web analytics with other marketing solutions, cited by 46% of… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on December 6, 2009 at 9:45pm — No Comments

IBM Opens Advanced Analytics Center in Washington, D.C.

Center taps into skills of more than 400 local employees, with plans for an additional 100 analytics specialists.

November 10, 2009: 12:01 AM ET

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced the opening of the sixth in a network of analytics solution centers - this one dedicated to helping federal agencies and other public sector organizations extract actionable insights from their data.

The new IBM Analytics Solution Center in… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on November 29, 2009 at 12:15am — No Comments

Social networks: is the growth real? A business opportunity.

According to several traffic measurement companies (Quantcast, etc.), Twitter's traffic is exploding, followed by LinkedIn, Facebook and other networks. Once you factor in and remove spammers, growth numbers look much more modest.

From our experience, we see very strong growth on Twitter, but after removing spammers, the growth is close to 0. LinkedIn shows a strong growth too, smaller than Twitter, but after removing spammers, LinkedIn growth appears much stronger than… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on November 26, 2009 at 6:31pm — 2 Comments

Indian Analytics Company Secures $15MM in VC Funding

Manthan Systems secures Series B financing from Fidelity International, IDG Ventures and DFJ ePlanet Ventures

19 - November - 2009, Bangalore | India

Manthan plans to use funding to target leadership position in Retail Business Intelligence & Analytics

Manthan Systems, a leading provider of Business Intelligence and Analytical solutions for the retail and consumer packaged goods industries today announced that it has secured Series B funding. The investment,… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on November 26, 2009 at 10:49am — No Comments

The idea that will make Twitter more profitable than Google

Twitter is a PR / Word-Of-Mouth Advertising type of company, when it comes to how they could make money.

One thing that they must have been thinking about for a long time is this very simple concept: sell paid tweets on Twitter. This might be the holy grail for Twitter. How would this work? Each paid tweet would show up with a little logo, so that the user knows it's paid content. Paid tweets would be created by advertisers on their Twitter or Feed Burner account, and would then be… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on November 24, 2009 at 9:56pm — 2 Comments

The next Internet revolution: news feed aggregation and optimization (it will create new types of analytic jobs)

Why did Twitter receive so much VC funding (more than $100 million), yet they barely make any money.

I believe that Twitter could be the new Google and the new source of information, in 5 to 10 years. Twitter could become the largest repository of news and content. The feature introduced this month - list management - is…


Added by Vincent Granville on November 22, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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