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

Five announcements

1. New Hadoop Community

Data Science Central has created a new community: This is a new DSC channel. Other channels include Analytics, Big Data, and Visualization. …


Added by Vincent Granville on November 26, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Attribution Modeling

I was once asked to perform a study for NBC. They were running advertising using a weekly mix of TV shows at various times, to promote their Internet website. I was asked to identify which TV shows worked best at driving new users to the web site. Each week, they were using pretty much the same mix of 10-12 shows out of 20 different shows. GRT data (number of eyeballs who have seen a particular TV show…


Added by Vincent Granville on November 25, 2013 at 1:30am — 1 Comment

[Book] The Simpsons And Their Mathematical Secrets

You may have watched hundreds of episodes of The Simpsons (and its sister show Futurama) without ever realizing that cleverly embedded in many plots are subtle references to mathematics, ranging from well-known equations to cutting-edge theorems and conjectures. That they exist, Simon Singh reveals, underscores the brilliance of the shows’ writers, many of whom have advanced degrees in mathematics in…


Added by Vincent Granville on November 18, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Web analytics: Obamacare website demographics

The purpose of the analysis is to answer the following question: will Obamacare ( attract enough young, not poor and healthy to pay for the poor and sick.

According to Alexa, visitors are dominated by females, with some…


Added by Vincent Granville on November 13, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Weekly Digest - November 11

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Added by Vincent Granville on November 6, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Predictive Analytics: Man versus Machine Competition

We would like to organize a competition where human beings compete against computers, to make predictions. The concept is simple: the brain, after all, is capable of doing raw predictions - weather predictions, stock market predictions, economic predictions, and so on. Even the tiny brain of some animals seem better than computers or the human brain, for short-term weather predictions. Human or animal brains, as…


Added by Vincent Granville on November 2, 2013 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

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