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The Bright Future of Semantic Graphs and Big Connected Data

Feb 8, 2016 |

The big data revolution is generating a mess of unruly data that’s difficult to parse and understand. This is to be expected–explosions don’t generally occur in a nice, orderly fashion, after all. But if the folks at Cloudera and Franz have their way, the world of connected data will become more accessible and useful when viewed through the lens of semantic graph technologies. Semantic graph technology is shaping up to play a key role in how organizations access the growing Read more…

Data Scientists: The Myth and the Reality

Jan 22, 2016 |

Given the fact that the term “data scientist” has only been around since 2008, it is a surprising fact to learn that there is a major global shortage of the wonderful wizards of big data. In 2008, DJ Patil, who at the time was the head of analytics at LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD), created the “people you may know feature” through the interpretation of big data. This gives you an idea how the use of big data has shaped our everyday Read more…

As Data Science Evolves, It’s Taking Statistics with It

Jan 14, 2016 |

While there are disagreements about what exactly constitutes a “data scientist,” there’s little doubt that one of the critical components involves statistical aptitude. And as the data science profession evolves, it’s taking the field of statistics with it, an expert with the American Statistical Association says. Before the Harvard Business Review dubbed data scientist the sexiest job of the 21st century several years ago, few people outside of Silicon Valley had heard the term. But all of a sudden, the Read more…

Beware of Bias in Big Data, Feds Warn

Jan 8, 2016 |

A new report issued this week by the Federal Trade Commission applauds big data practitioners for helping to increase access to goods, services, healthcare, education, and employment. But the FTC also warned businesses and organizations to be aware of “hidden biases” that may creep into their calculations. In “Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion,” a 50-page report you can download here, the FTC looks at both sides of the big data aisle. On the plus side, big data Read more…

How a ‘Nuisance Variable’ Turned Into Potential Lifesaver

Jan 4, 2016 |

There are many rabbits to chase in the world of biomedical research—way too many for scientists to chase them all down in an orderly and methodical way. But thanks to the power of new big data techniques like topological data analysis, scientists are getting a glimpse of where some of the rabbit holes might lead. In the 1990s, scientists studying traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries embarked upon an ambitious multicenter research animal trial with the hope of finding new Read more…

News In Brief

Microsoft Releases Deep Learning Toolkit

Jan 25, 2016 |

Microsoft has released to the open source community a set of internal GPU-powered tools designed to boost the performance of artificial intelligence technology used for computer speech recognition. In a blog post, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) announced Monday (Jan. 25) it is releasing its Computational Network Toolkit on Github. Company researchers said they undertook the project out of necessity: Current tools used to improve how computers understand human speech were slowing progress. A group of Microsoft volunteers “set out to solve Read more…

Microsoft Offers R Server for Academic Research

Jan 12, 2016 |

Microsoft Corp. said it is making its enterprise big data analytics platform available to academic researchers in a bid to shift those capabilities beyond corporate users. Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) said last week its rebranded R Server, formally known as the Revolution R Enterprise platform, would be made available to students and university researchers via its DreamSpark technical education initiative. The program provides researchers with free access to Microsoft software. Microsoft’s R Server is the rebranded version of the platform acquired Read more…

New Databases Help Astronomers Probe the Universe

Jan 7, 2016 |

The observable universe became a bit more manageable this week when international astronomers moved to get their arms around their massive datasets through a partnership with the developers of the integrated Rule-Oriented Data System, or iRODS. Data scientists who developed the open source iRODS framework said it would provide astronomers studying the origins of our galaxy and mysterious dark matter with a better way to query their huge data volumes, store and retrieve data and metadata as well as transport Read more…

AMPLab Releases Succinct, A New Way to Query Data in Spark

Nov 11, 2015 |

The folks at UC Berkeley’s’ AMPLab are starting to talk publicly about Succinct, a fast new in-memory data store aimed at enabling users to query large amounts of compressed data, in a fast and direct fashion. Early tests show Succinct can perform the same types of big data queries that popular NoSQL databases can do, but on systems one-tenth the size. Succinct is an in-memory data store that enables the execution of complex queries directly on compressed data. It does Read more…

CMU’s Visualization Tool Targets ‘Dimensional’ Data

Nov 11, 2015 |

Among the challenges posed by exploding volumes of raw data is the emergence of what data scientists call “high-dimensional” data, that is, data with many parameters. Genomic and demographic data sets, for example, are becoming so complex that automated tools are running out of steam. Now comes a web-based tool called Explorable Visual Analytics, or EVA, developed by Carnegie Mellon University researchers. EVA is based on a new computer architecture that combines speed with data compression to allow analysts to Read more…

This Just In

WFU School of Business Announces M.S. in Business Analytics

Feb 9, 2016 |

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Feb. 9 — A new Wake Forest University School of Business program designed to educate professionals in the high-demand field of business analytics has been approved by the University’s Board of Trustees. The Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) program will welcome its first class in July 2016. The 10-month Wake Forest MSBA program is designed with input from our corporate partners to ensure we are exceeding industry demands and delivering performance-ready professionals who are driven to achieve results with Read more…

MapR and Servian Partner to Provide Big Data Training Courses in Australia and New Zealand

Feb 8, 2016 |

Feb. 8 — MapR Technologies, Inc, the provider of the first and only converged data platform, today announced it has signed an education partnership with Servian to provide comprehensive in-person Hadoop and Spark training courses for professionals in Australia and New Zealand to support the demand for big data expertise. By the year 2019, more than 70 per cent of large organisations in Australia will become data-driven. While 38% of large businesses are currently using big data analytics, many organisations are still at Read more…

Neo Technology Announces Neo4j Certification for Professionals

Feb 2, 2016 |

SAN MATEO, Calif., Feb. 2 — Neo Technology, creator of the world’s leading graph database, Neo4j, announced its first-ever Neo4j Certification for professionals. With the significant growth in deployments of Neo4j by enterprise customers across all industries worldwide, technology enthusiasts can now gain certification to prove their Neo4j expertise. The exam is offered online through Neo4j’s GraphAcademy, which also provides other innovative and flexible training and tutorial options. “The demand for engineers with Neo4j skills is growing tremendously,” said Emil Eifrem, Neo Technology’s CEO and Read more…

MapR Expands Free On-Demand Hadoop and Spark Training as Participants Surpass 50,000

Jan 28, 2016 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 28 — MapR Technologies, Inc., the provider of the first and only converged data platform, today announced that over 50,000 developers, analysts and administrators have enrolled in the free MapR On-Demand Training program, which offers online courses on Hadoop, Spark, and other big data technologies. Benefiting from new classes added monthly, students and professionals have a powerful and convenient way to develop essential big data skills. According to Nick Heudecker and Lisa Kart, research directors, Gartner Inc., “As Read more…

Metis Acquires Booz Allen Hamilton’s Explore Data Science Program

Jan 21, 2016 |

NEW YORK, N.Y., Jan. 21 — Data science training provider Metis has acquired Booz Allen Hamilton’s Explore Data Science program, a leading online resource designed to introduce common data science theories and techniques to individuals looking to learn more about the world of data science. Originally created by Booz Allen Hamilton in 2013 as a training program for its team of nearly 600 data science professionals, Explore Data Science will now be available on the Metis web site (www.thisismetis.com/explore-data-science-online-training) to anyone with an interest in Read more…