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The Smart Grid, Predictive Analytics, and Cloud Computing

Everywhere you turn these days, you are bound to be faced with one of these three subjects: Smart Grid, Predictive Analytics, and Cloud Computing. This is no coincidence! With the advent of smart meters and sensors, the Smart Grid is becoming more and more part of our daily life. In the past, we would only realize how important energy was when the lights went off, in the future, we will be able to adjust our behavior to utilize energy in a smarter, more efficiently and less costly… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on November 17, 2009 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Elder Research partners with SAS & Teradata to start the first analytics "think tank", the Business Analytics Innovation Center

CARY, NC (Oct. 26, 2009) – Recognizing the growing need and challenges businesses face driving operational analytics across enterprises, SAS and Teradata are planning to establish a centralized “think tank” where customers can discuss analytic best practices with domain and subject-matter experts, and quickly test or implement innovative models that uncover unique insights for optimizing business operations. The Business Analytics Innovation Center will combine the strengths of SAS, the leader… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on November 12, 2009 at 10:42pm — No Comments

Four Short Links by Nat Torkington

Four short links: 12 November 2009

CRM on Rails, Data Mining on Hadoop, Disappointing Keynotes, The Teapot Effect

by Nat Torkington | @gnat | comments: 1

1. Fat Free CRM -- open source (Affero GPL) Ruby on Rails CRM system.

2. Bixo -- open source data mining toolkit that runs as a series of pipes on top of Hadoop. Built on Cascading workflow system for Hadoop that hides MapReduce. (via kdnuggets)

3. Andy Kessler's Keynote at Defrag Stank (Pete Warden) -- I'm sorry… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on November 12, 2009 at 10:40pm — No Comments

Ads That Reject The Click

By Kyle Johnson

Is online advertising a good vehicle for reaching brand advertising goals? Judged by their actions, more and more advertisers are voting “yes.” During the past several months, we’ve observed a gradual but decisive stride from an ambivalent stance toward a full embrace of online media as a branding tool.

This past week, we witnessed a Ford display campaign that to us represented a noteworthy waypoint in the development of online ads designed for branding… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on November 1, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

The Las Vegas Counterfeiting Story: Is Your Privacy Worth More Than a Poker Chip?

By Ray Everett-Church

Last week in Las Vegas, a husband and wife team were indicted for putting $60,000 in counterfeit $100 bills into slot machines at Caesar’s Palace.

Apparently the fake bills were of such high quality that the bill scanners on the slot machines accepted about 600 of the bogus Benjamins over the course of four days before the money laundering plot was uncovered.

But what makes this story interesting from a privacy and security perspective is… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on October 29, 2009 at 8:32pm — No Comments

Zementis and SAIC Sign Marketing Agreement

Companies work together to deliver breakthrough predictive analytics solutions to utility companies.

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) October 23, 2009 -- Zementis, Inc., a leading provider of predictive analytics solutions, today announced that it has signed a marketing agreement with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) [NYSE:SAI, a FORTUNE 500® scientific, engineering, and technology applications company, to deliver real-time predictive analytics to utility… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on October 24, 2009 at 4:09pm — No Comments

Dice throw: much less random than you think!

By Jon Wilner and Mark Emmons

Mercury News

Posted: 10/16/2009 06:28:06 PM PDT

Everyone knows the flip of a coin is a 50-50 proposition.

Only it's not.

You can beat the odds.

So says a three-person team of Stanford and UC-Santa Cruz researchers. They produced a provocative study that turns conventional wisdom, well, on its head for anyone who has ever settled a minor dispute with a simple coin toss.

It also could have… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on October 19, 2009 at 9:29pm — 2 Comments

Hamburger Data Quality- data collection is the start

Author: James Standen

I have noticed that when I go to a fast food outlet no matter what I get to drink with my meal it is almost always listed as "Cola" on the receipt. But I didn't order Cola. Ever. Usually I get juice, or milk. So every time I order a burger, I'm clearly a source of bad quality data.

I have looked over the counter on many occasions while I was waiting for my burger and watched the server key in other peoples orders; their fingers flew accross the… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on October 10, 2009 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Netflix Prize Pioneer to Speak at Predictive Analytics World

The Netflix Prize competition attracted a well-earned, white-hot spotlight in recent years, awarding a $1,000,000 prize last month for advancement in product recommendations systems - the prediction of each consumer's movie ratings.

Predictive Analytics World speaker Istvan Pilaszy pioneered in this competition by cofounding the first "open collective" team that blended in any and all submissions by other teams willing to contribute. Just like the "Borg" on Star Trek, this team… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on October 8, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments

Project Gaydar: Identifying Gay Students Using Data Mining Techniques Applied To Facebook Profiles

By Carolyn Y. Johnson

Globe Staff / September 20, 2009

At MIT, an experiment identifies which students are gay, raising new questions about online privacy

By Carolyn Y. Johnson, Globe Staff / September 20, 2009

It started as a simple term project for an MIT class on ethics and law on the electronic frontier.

Two students partnered up to take on the latest Internet fad: the online social networks that were exploding into the mainstream. With people… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on October 4, 2009 at 12:00am — 6 Comments

New iPhone app "Outbreaks Near Me" locates H1N1 (swine flu), infectious diseases

See article below. I have 2 questions:

  • Privacy issues - risks of being quarantined for reporting contamination by infectious disease. Can you report anonymously? How can a user trust that her report is anonymous?
  • Fraud and errors - people reporting wrong information (on purpose or not). After all, the average citizen is not an expert in infectious diseases.
These issues can be handled (that's my domain of expertize), but I am wondering if and how these… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on September 4, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

American Recovery Act Business Intelligence: What are the Implications for the BI Community?

The American Recovery Act Business Intelligence mandates detailed reporting at the enterprise level, about how the government money was spent. It also forces grant beneficiaries to provide accurate lift measurements accomplished thanks to the recovery funds.

While many companies already perform this type of auditing using various BI platforms, e.g. to provide accurate core financial and non-financial summary statistics to Wall Street, the Recovery Act enacted last February should… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on July 31, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Gaussian copula function: The Formula That Killed Wall Street

From the Wired Magazine (Felix Salmon)

A year ago, it was hardly unthinkable that a math wizard like David X. Li might someday earn a Nobel Prize. After all, financial economists—even Wall Street quants—have received the Nobel in economics before, and Li's work on measuring risk has had more impact, more quickly, than previous Nobel Prize-winning contributions to the field. Today, though, as dazed bankers, politicians, regulators, and investors survey the wreckage of the biggest… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on June 23, 2009 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Rogue Wave Software Acquires Visual Numerics

Creates a leading commercial vendor of cross-platform, embeddable software libraries

BOULDER, Colo., May 5, 2009 - Rogue Wave Software, Inc., a Battery Ventures portfolio company, today announced that it has acquired Visual Numerics, Inc., a privately held advanced analytics software company based in Houston, Texas.

For more than three decades, Visual Numerics has provided numerical analysis and visualization software solutions that help users understand complex data from… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on May 6, 2009 at 3:38am — No Comments

Swine Flu Virus Detected Earlier Via Data Mining Techniques

Kirkland firm noted outbreak in Mexico early

Weeks before the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization alerted the public to a growing number of swine flu cases, a startup based in Kirkland already had a hunch something was up. Veratect Inc., a 2-year-old company with fewer than 50 employees, combines computer algorithms with human analysts to monitor online and offline sources for hints of disease outbreaks and civil unrest worldwide

By Jessica… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on May 3, 2009 at 10:30pm — 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

Hidden Decision Trees - A Better Approach to Scoring

Hidden Decision Trees is a statistical and data mining methodology (just like logistic regression, SVM, neural networks or decision trees) to handle problems with large amounts of data, non-linearities and strongly correlated independent variables.

The technique is easy to implement in any programming language. It is more robust than decision trees or logistic regression. Implementations typically rely heavily on large, granular hash tables.

No decision tree is… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on March 17, 2009 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

Microsoft offers a $250K reward to catch the operator of a very fast growing botnet

by Mark Hachman

Microsoft, several security firms, and members of the academic community came together Thursday to try and develop a coordinated plan to halt the spread of the Conficker worm, also known as Downadup.

Microsoft announced a $250,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the Conficker author or authors, available to anyone in any country, subject to local laws. Meanwhile, a group of security companies pledged to work together to… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on February 13, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Legislation Aims To Curb Data Mining

Most people are unaware that after they fill a prescription, many pharmacies turn around and sell information about that prescription to pharmaceutical companies in order for them to market their drugs to physicians. This practice is called data mining and it has negative consequences for the public health, health care costs, and privacy.

Through data mining, pharmaceutical companies are able to target-market their high-cost, brand-name drugs to prescribers who either are already… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on February 2, 2009 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Click fraud reaches record high in Q4 2008

Click fraud is at its highest rate ever, new research shows. The average click fraud rate for paid search advertisers reached a record 17.1% in the fourth quarter, up from 16% for the third quarter and 16.6% for Q4 of 2007, web traffic quality auditor Click Forensics Inc. reports.

Click fraud traffic from botnets, robotic software that automatically clicks on ads, increased 14% for the quarter—the second highest jump ever, Click Forensics says. Botnets were responsible for 31.4% of… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on January 29, 2009 at 8:30pm — No Comments

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