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Vincent Granville's Blog – June 2012 Archive (12)

Women in Data Science, Obamacare, MapReduce stories, logistic regression

This is our new batch of popular discussions. Some are forum questions asking for member feedback. One is controversial blog posts that will make most people laugh except Americans. Comments are also very interesting to read.…


Added by Vincent Granville on June 25, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

The mythical “Data Scientist” | Forbes

For years, the data business has relied on “data specialists”.  These experts understand data, and business leaders have to know who they are if they are to find answers to their questions.  My friend Howard Dresner, who coined the term “Business Intelligence”, used to call this phenomenon the “black market of information”.  These experts had all types of names from…


Added by Vincent Granville on June 21, 2012 at 12:53pm — No Comments

New Data Science Resources

First, you can now browse our Data Science eBook online on Data Science Central. We are in the process of adding a lot of new material and expect to reach 140 pages by the end of the month.

We also invite you to read our weekly featured…


Added by Vincent Granville on June 20, 2012 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Four innovative ideas to optimize business processes

This article is part of our series on new startup ideas.

Think Tank

  • Automated editor: to…

Added by Vincent Granville on June 18, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Pay-per-click political campaigns manipulating public opinion | Seattle Times

A controversial use of big data by Yahoo and Google to try to change voters opinions, for the presidential elections. Do you think that a rogue candidate would be ready to run large click fraud campaigns to deplete their opponents advertising budgets?

Here's the article:…


Added by Vincent Granville on June 18, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

13 contributions from DataScienceCentral and Analyticbridge members

These new postings are from our members - none of them are from us. Read, and feel free to comment,post great answers or new blog posts, and get yourself or your company featured!

On DataScienceCentral:…


Added by Vincent Granville on June 18, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Advanced Analytics with Acceptable Runtimes


Added by Vincent Granville on June 12, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Being obese is worse than smoking. Do you agree? How do you measure costs?

This discussion is about how to correctly assess costs and benefits of smoking versus obesity to society, and where to get reliable data sources, and how to properly clean data. It is also about healthcare policies and the new health insurance regulations, sometimes referred to as Obamacare.

To decide whether smoking is more…


Added by Vincent Granville on June 11, 2012 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

Debunking lack of analytic talent

The screen shot below says it all: candidates for data science positions are plentiful, considerably more abundant than job openings: more than 600 LinkedIn users applied for this data science job. Even less prestigious companies routinely attract more than 50 applicants per job opening.…


Added by Vincent Granville on June 10, 2012 at 11:30pm — 30 Comments

A new idea for an analytic business startup

Checks sent by email, rather than mail. The idea works as follows:

  • You (the payer) want to send a check to (say) John, the payee
  • You log on to this new start-up website, add your bank information (with account name and number,…

Added by Vincent Granville on June 4, 2012 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

Two McKinsey reports on Big Data

Interestingly, one of the authors - Jacques Bughin - attended the same secondary school and same class in a small town in Belgium back in the eighties. His articles on Big Data got us back in touch again, after 30 years!

1. Big data: The next frontier for innovation, competition, and…


Added by Vincent Granville on June 4, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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