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Vincent Granville's Blog – January 2013 Archive (6)

What MapReduce can't do

We discuss here a large class of big data problems where MapReduce can't be used - not in a straightforward way at least - and we propose a rather simple analytic, statistical solution.

MapReduce is a technique that splits big data sets into many smaller ones, process each small data set separately (but simultaneously) on…


Added by Vincent Granville on January 31, 2013 at 10:30pm — 8 Comments

Analytic Industry Survey

This survey is aimed at analytic practitioners. If you are looking for a career change, it will also help you identify the skills and expertise in high demand. 

As a token of our appreciation, everyone who completes the survey and provides their contact details will be entered into our drawing for a chance to win an iPad…


Added by Vincent Granville on January 31, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Weekly Digest - January 26

Also check the Additional Resources section at the bottom.

Featured Articles

  1. Top 10 Data Scientists from Gil Press…

Added by Vincent Granville on January 27, 2013 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Looking to hire a Ning Consultant with specialized expertize

We are looking for a consultant to (initially) fix an issue with our banner ads in our two (soon to be three) Ning networks: DataScienceCentral and AnalyticBridge

Our skyscraper and smaller banner ads do not show up (although our leader board banner ad usually does) if you…


Added by Vincent Granville on January 23, 2013 at 5:08pm — No Comments

The curse of big data

This seminal article highlights the dangers of reckless applications and scaling of data science techniques that have worked well for small, medium-size and large data. We illustrate the problem with flaws in big data trading, and propose solutions. Also, we believe expert data scientists are more abundant (but very different) than what hiring companies claim: read our "related articles" section at the bottom for…


Added by Vincent Granville on January 5, 2013 at 7:00pm — 6 Comments

Amusement park analytics: increasing both fun and ROI

Will analytics help amusement park dinosaurs survive the 21st century? My recent experience at Disneyland in California makes me think that a lot of simple things can be done to improve revenue and user experience. Here are a few starting points:

  • Optimize lines. Maybe charge an extra $1 per minute for customers who need…

Added by Vincent Granville on January 3, 2013 at 9:30pm — 5 Comments

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