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Vincent Granville's Blog – October 2010 Archive (14)

The most analytic states

According to AnalyticBridge web traffic statistics. An index above 100 means "above average". Below 100 means "below average". The index is the 2nd column.



State   Uniques IndexConnecticut     145

Massachusetts 143

New York 132

California 126

Maryland 107

Washington 104

Pennsylvania 98

District of Columbia 98

North Carolina 97

Minnesota 97

Delaware 93

Illinois …
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Added by Vincent Granville on October 31, 2010 at 10:38am — No Comments

Rapid Insight Inc. Places in Top Three in Direct Marketing Association 2010 Analytic Challenge

Conway, NH (PRWEB) October 22, 2010…

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Added by Vincent Granville on October 28, 2010 at 7:23pm — No Comments

As IBM Accelerates Analytics Business, Can Anyone Keep Up?

IBM has put analytics at the heart of its corporate strategy and is leveraging its entire $100-billion business to drive the "smarter" solutions that analytics animate.…



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Added by Vincent Granville on October 26, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

eHarmony's algorithm of love

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Added by Vincent Granville on October 26, 2010 at 3:59pm — No Comments

Digg Faces Accusations Of Gaming Itself: Data Mining Used to Unearth Usage of Fake Profiles

The darkest fears of every Digger (or, as is increasingly common, former Digger) may be coming true: some very compelling data mining by a concerned user has…

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Added by Vincent Granville on October 26, 2010 at 2:23pm — No Comments

The Best and Worst of Statistical Graphics

This Gallery of Data Visualization displays some examples of the Best and Worst of Statistical Graphics, with the view that the contrast may be useful, inform current practice, and provide some pointers to both historical and current work. We go from what is arguably…

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Added by Vincent Granville on October 25, 2010 at 10:11pm — No Comments

Automated news feed optimization: a new opportunity for analytics professionals, with huge growth potential

  • Billions of dollars are poured each year into online advertising programs (display and pay-per-click advertising)
  • Ads are displayed on websites that attract lots of visitors.
  • Web sites attracting visitors do so because they have great content.…
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Added by Vincent Granville on October 19, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Predixion and Zementis partner to accelerate widespread adoption, use and reuse of predictive analytics models

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Oct 19, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Predixion Software today introduced Predixion PMML Connexion(TM), an interface that provides Predixion Insight(TM), the company's low-cost, self-service in the cloud predictive analytics solution, direct and seamless access to SAS, SPSS (IBM) and other predictive models for use by Predixion Insight customers. Predixion PMML Connexion enables companies to leverage their significant investments in legacy predictive analytics solutions at a… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on October 19, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

More and more companies are mining data about their employees to predict how they’ll behave in the future

A few weeks ago it was revealed that Google and the CIA—two organizations whose job it is to know what’s going on in the present—are working together to learn what will happen in the future. Through their respective investment arms—Google Ventures and In-Q-Tel—the geeks and the spooks each took a stake in a little-known Cambridge, Mass., company called Recorded Future, which bills itself as “the world’s first temporal analytics engine.” By scanning websites, news stories, blogs and Twitter… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on October 8, 2010 at 2:14pm — No Comments

From the Los Angeles Times: Going into too much debt at a for-profit college

By Liz Pulliam Weston -- Money Talk



Dear Liz: I'm going to owe nearly $40,000 in student loans when I graduate in the spring with an associate's degree in political science with paralegal studies as my major. I'm attending an online university. Is this debt worth it, and is the school I'm attending credible enough for employment? I'm very worried.



Answer: You should be. You've borrowed a small fortune to get a two-year degree that would have cost about $5,000 at your local… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on October 4, 2010 at 7:28pm — No Comments

From the Washington Post: Benefit of higher credit score dwindles at top end

By EILEEN AJ CONNELLY

The Associated Press

Monday, September 27, 2010; 6:19 PM

NEW YORK -- Have you been working to boost your credit score before trying to get a mortgage? It may not yield the payback you expect.



The mortgage loan interest rates offered to borrowers with stellar FICO scores aren't much lower than the rates offered to those with a middle-of-the-road 720 score these days.



That means that efforts to drive up a credit score to lofty heights… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on October 4, 2010 at 7:23pm — No Comments

Interesting article from Business Insider: Strategic Defaults Are Real, Growing, And Scary

In my last article, we examined the shadow inventory to determine how many distressed properties (not on MLS) were almost certain to be forced onto the market in the not-to-distant future.



For a sensible follow up, let's take an in-depth look at so-called "strategic defaults" to see how many homeowners are likely to "walk away" from their mortgage debt although they might be financially able to continue paying it.



Strategic Default Defined



According to… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on October 4, 2010 at 7:20pm — No Comments

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