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Slicing and Dicing Music Data for Fun and Profit

Jul 21, 2014 |

The advent of big data analytics promises to have a profound impact on many aspects of human life, including how we work and play. Big data is even influencing the arts, where the field of music data science is rearranging our relationship with music. We’re in the midst of a boom in music data science that can be traced back to 1999, when two important events occurred. First, Shawn Fanning unleashed Napster to the world, thereby giving people the power Read more…

Get Your Big Data Analytic Competition On

Jul 8, 2014 |

Are you interested in proving your big data analytic worth to a doubtful world? There may be no better way than participating in an officially sanctioned analytic competition, which will let you see how your skills stack up in pursuit of big data glory and cash prizes. AlgoMost is putting $15,000 on the table in a competition to see who can most accurately predict which publicly traded companies will get acquired through the end of the year. The Russian data Read more…

Ersatz Thinks Up a GPU-Powered Neural Network

Jun 11, 2014 |

If you want to use neural networks to build models that can learn from data in human-like ways, but are having trouble figuring out where to start, you may want to check out Ersatz, the name of the new GPU-powered deep learning platform officially unveiled today by Ersatz Labs. The domain of machine learning is advancing very quickly at the moment, driven by humankind’s rather sudden (and entirely insatiable) desire to keep and understand all data. There are also big Read more…

Deep Neural Networks Power Big Gains in Speech Recognition

May 30, 2014 |

Ten years ago, Bill Gates declared speech recognition as one of the “holy grails” of computing challenges that would fall within the next decade. Right on cue, Microsoft this week revealed that its research in deep neural networks and machine translation have yielded major advances in the field, the results of which will be included in a new real-time language translation product for Skype expected by December. Microsoft Research has been working on speech recognition and related topics in the Read more…

Datanami’s Leverage Big Data Summit Wraps Up

May 23, 2014 |

Dialog and networking were on the Datanami agenda this week as we kicked off our inaugural Leverage Big Data summit at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad, California. Where concerns were heating up last week around wild fires raging in the surrounding area, at this week’s summit, concerns were aimed at the data and infrastructure challenges that IT heads face as they transition their organizations towards the new data reality. Kicking off the program was keynote speaker Jack Collins, Director Read more…

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Can the ‘SP Machine’ Straighten Out Big Data?

Jun 30, 2014 |

A form of artificial intelligence variously referred to as “information compression” or the SP theory of intelligence promises to help solve some of the most vexing challenges associated with increasingly fragmented big data. In a recent article published in the journal IEEE Access, researcher Gerry Wolff of CognitiveResearch.org argues that the human brain in the form of what he calls an “SP machine” could help sift through the mountains of disparate scientific, business, social media and other forms of data Read more…

Big Data Forcing Update of SQL Standard

Jun 25, 2014 |

A proposed standard would extend the SQL database language to accommodate multidimensional “data cubes” generated by scientists and engineers. The effort promises to launch a new technology dubbed “array databases.” Proponents of the new standard, dubbed SQL/MDA, for “multidimensional array,” said it is needed because big data in science and engineering is structured differently from, say, business data often structured as simple tables. Multidimensional big data includes sensor outputs, imagery, simulations and statistical data. The proposed International Organization for Standards Read more…

Humanitarian Project Culls Data to Forecast Disasters

Jun 20, 2014 |

A research project sponsored by the National Science Foundation is attempting to apply the tools of big data to humanitarian efforts like forecasting force migrations of populations whether by natural or man-made disasters. One goal is to leverage data analytics to forecast humanitarian disasters in an attempt to mitigate the consequences of mass displacements caused by conflicts or disasters. “Early warning has been the holy grail of the humanitarian community for decades,” Jeff Crisp, senior director for policy and advocacy Read more…

Climate Data Being Analyzed to Predict California Droughts

Jun 10, 2014 |

California’s prolonged drought and the threat it poses to the Golden State’s huge agricultural sector has prompted some technology companies to harness big data as a way of gauge future water supplies across the parched state. Meanwhile, a new NASA climate probe is expected to generate a database of information about the Earth’s carbon sinks and emissions. The climate situation on the U.S. West Coast is becoming so dire that California’s Central Valley is even experiencing declines in a local Read more…

Plugging the Big Data Skills Gap

May 30, 2014 |

The so-called American “skills gap” that is making it harder to fill technology jobs is lending urgency to efforts to develop university courses and worker retraining programs to help fill jobs created by the big data boom. According to reports, the skills mismatch for big data-related jobs is growing. Fortune magazine reported this week that the IT career site Dice.com posts on average 1,894 jobs related to big data each day. One reason for the growing number of vacancies is Read more…

This Just In

NCKU Signs MOU with Fujitsu to Build Platform for Big Data

Jul 28, 2014 |

TAINAN, Taiwan, July 28 – National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), southern Taiwan, and Fujitsu Taiwan LTD. signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on July 21 for building an analytics platform for big data. Dr. Hwung-Hweng Hwung, president of NCKU, and Ikegami Ichirou, president and chief executive officer of Fujitsu Taiwan, signed the MOU on behalf of their respective organizations. With the solid engineering research of NCKU, which helps promote the application of microbiology and agricultural sciences, and input from Fujitsu, a Read more…

Australian Genome Research Facility Selects Brocade to Handle Big Data Growth

Jul 23, 2014 |

MELBOURNE, Australia, July 23 – Driven by the unrelenting growth of genomic data sets, the Australian Genome Research Facility is deploying a high-performance 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) core network across its entire estate, with its Melbourne node the first to go live with new switching infrastructure from Brocade. A national not-for-profit organization, the Australian Genome Research Facility (AGRF) is the country’s largest provider of genomics services, with laboratories in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth — each providing a gateway to a Read more…

Dresner Publishes Advanced and Predictive Analytics Market Study

Jul 22, 2014 |

NASHUA, NH, July 22 — Dresner Advisory Services today issued a new report on Advanced and Predictive Analytics, defined as the use of statistics, modeling, machine learning, and data mining to analyze facts and make predictions about future, or otherwise unknown, events. The report, part of the Wisdom of Crowds series of research, provides an in-depth look at this important and growing phenomenon. The first edition of the Advanced and Predictive Analytics Market Study was written in collaboration with industry Read more…

UChicago Program to Train Data Scientists

Jul 16, 2014 |

July 16 — This summer, 48 fellows from around the world have come to Chicago to tackle these and other missions as part of the 2014 Data Science for Social Good Summer Fellowship, a University of Chicago program dedicated to making a better world through innovative data science projects. For 12 weeks, fellows work with non-profit and government organizations to make the most of their data and create positive impact in education, healthcare, energy conservation, economic development and more. “The primary Read more…

Cloudera Introduces New Apache Spark Training Course

Jul 16, 2014 |

PALO ALTO, Calif., July 16 – Cloudera, the leader in enterprise analytic data management powered by Apache Hadoop, today announced the first hands-on Apache Spark training course that will enrich developers’ experience with this groundbreaking new processing engine. The three-day course, called Cloudera Developer Training for Apache Spark, will prepare developers and software engineers to build complete, unified applications that combine batch, streaming, and interactive analytics on all of their data. With Cloudera Developer Training for Apache Spark, data professionals can Read more…