Are Meetings a Waste of Time? Data Analytics Weighs In

Are Meetings a Waste of Time? Data Analytics Weighs In

Have you ever wondered whether big meetings are a giant waste of everybody’s time? Now a data...

Why Hadoop Isn’t the Big Data Solution You Think It Is

Why Hadoop Isn’t the Big Data Solution You Think It Is

Hadoop carries a lot of promise in the IT world for the way it has democratized access...

How to Move 80PB Without Downtime

How to Move 80PB Without Downtime

When the online photo company Shutterfly decided to move its entire data center recently, the possibility of...

The Evolution of the Data Scientist

The Evolution of the Data Scientist

The role of the data scientist is currently one of the most in-demand jobs in the tech...

News In Brief

Data Startup Targets Machine Learning for Healthcare

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By George Leopold, 8/27/14

A medical diagnostic startup is attempting to use recent advances in machine learning as a way to make it easier for doctors to sort through medical information in the form of images, unstructured data like notes on a patient's history and Read more…


Poll: SAS Use Surges for Data Mining

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By George Leopold, 8/26/14

A recent poll querying data scientists on which programming and statistics languages they used in 2014 for analytics, data mining and data science found that four main languages dominated. The data mining community web site Read more…


Performance Analytics Tackles Sports Injuries

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By George Leopold, 8/25/14

In the human demolition derby known as the National Football League, season-ending, often career-threatening, injuries are already piling up like lineman on a loose football. And it's only preseason! An injury to a star player—the St. Louis Read more…


Gauging Human Emotions at the Stroke of a Key

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By George Leopold, 8/22/14

Indian researchers using text pattern analysis and "keystroke dynamics" claim they have designed a computer program that can accurately recognize a computer user's emotions. "Depending on the emotion," the researchers claimed, they accurately Read more…


Selfies Spawn Photo Analytics

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By George Leopold, 8/21/14

An estimated 1.8 billion photos are shared on social media each day. Current "social listening tools" can't analyze all this data. Enter Ditto Labs Inc., which touts its proprietary "visual recognition engine" that locates brand names in Read more…


Automakers Embrace Predictive Analytics to Boost Sales

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By George Leopold, 8/20/14

The use of predictive analytics to discern consumer preferences is expanding to car dealerships where manufacturers led by Ford Motor Co. are trying to convince local dealers that big data can help them reduce the number of days cars sit unsold Read more…


U.S. Enlists Big Data to Fight Securities Fraud

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By George Leopold, 8/19/14

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) moved to reform its enforcement practices after missing the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme and other financial fraud by creating an Office of Market Intelligence in 2010. The office was intended to Read more…


From Data Wrangling to Data Harmony

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By George Leopold, 8/18/14

More and better automation tools such as machine-learning technologies are needed to free data scientists from mundane "data-wrangling" chores. Those tools would allow scientists to focus on gleaning insights from prepared data, a range of Read more…


Databases Used to Trace Western Migrations

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By George Leopold, 8/15/14

Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas used three databases of "notable individuals" over the last 2,000 years to trace western migration patterns. While Rome remained the cultural center of the European continent through the early Read more…


FTC Expands Scrutiny of Big Data Practices

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By George Leopold, 8/14/14

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is stepping up its scrutiny of big data practices as concerns grow about misuse of private data collected by banks, retailers and other enterprises. The regulatory agency's Bureau of Consumer Protection is Read more…