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Beyond Social: How Text Analytics Can Improve Business

May 15, 2015 |

There’s been a lot of time and attention dedicated to mining social media with big data techniques. With more than 400 million tweets a day, you’re almost certain to find a trending Twitter topic that’s relevant to you. But text analytics’ potential is much bigger than social media, and some of its applications may surprise you. Humans can read and process only so much text, but computers can process enormous strings of words. Provalis Research‘s recently released WordStat for Stata Read more…

Peering Into Computing’s Exascale Future with the IEEE

May 6, 2015 |

Computer scientists worried about the end of computing as we know it have been banging heads for several years looking for ways to return to the historical exponential scaling of computer performance. What is needed, say the proponents of an initiative called “Rebooting Computing,” is nothing less than a radical rethinking of how computers are designed in order to achieve the trifecta of greater performance, lower power consumption and “baking security in from the start.” Thomas Conte, the Georgia Tech Read more…

Build or Buy? That’s the Big (Data) Question

Apr 8, 2015 |

“You can learn a lot from my failures, maybe,” says Ron Van Holst, an HPC director at Ontario Centres of Excellence. With decades of experience designing and building high-end telecommunications gear and HPC systems, Van Holst has a better grasp on the tradeoffs you’ll make when you choose to build or buy your next big data system. Van Holst was into a little bit of everything when was building telecommunications gear in the 1990s. From the programming languages and the Read more…

Deep Gooses MySQL Performance with New Database Math

Apr 7, 2015 |

Deep Information Sciences today unveiled a new storage engine for MySQL that it claims will blow any other database engine out of the water in performance and scalability. The secret to creating a 1 trillion row database or ingesting data at the heady rate of 60 million rows per minute, they say, is the total elimination of 1970s-style math from the stack. Despite the recent proliferation of new database management systems, such NoSQL and NewSQL databases, most databases today use Read more…

Peek Inside a Hybrid Cloud for Big Genomics Data

Mar 30, 2015 |

Genomics, or the study of human genes, holds an enormous promise to improve the health of people. However, at 80GB to 250GB per sequenced genome, the sheer size of genomics data poses a considerable storage and processing challenge. To keep costs in check, Inova Translational Medical Institute (ITMI) adopted a hybrid cloud architecture for its ongoing genomics studies. ITMI is a branch of the non-profit Inova hospital network in the Washington D.C. area that received 150 million in funding by Read more…

News In Brief

NOAA Launches Big Data Project

May 6, 2015 |

A big data project launched by the U.S. Commerce Department brings together major cloud analytics vendors and the Open Cloud Consortium to develop infrastructure needed to access the more than 20 terabytes of satellite weather data generated each day. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a Commerce Department agency, currently manages the daily torrent of observational data collected by weather satellites and other ocean- and land-based sensors. Last month, NOAA and Commerce officials announced a research agreement with cloud Read more…

Grad Schools Move to Fill Data Skills Gap

Apr 24, 2015 |

Graduate programs in data science are popping up across the country—some of them offered online—while some universities are elevating the status of their data science programs within computer science programs and backing these efforts with major investments. Earlier this month, the University of Massachusetts launched at Amherst launched its Center for Data Science that will begin offering a master’s degree next year. The school has raised $100 million to hire 40 new faculty members over the next decade, doubling its Read more…

Financial Data Provider Adopts FirstRain Analytics

Apr 9, 2015 |

An unstructured data analytics specialist and a financial information provider are expanding their partnership to leverage social media and other web content to create advanced financial data visualizations for business users. Data analytics vendor FirstRain and financial information provider Mergent Inc. said they the will try to take the “noise” out of business intelligence by combining unstructured data analytics with Mergent’s financial information platform. FirstRain, San Mateo, Calif., said Thursday (April 9) the expanded partnership would provide Mergent with its Read more…

Can’t Ignore the Big Data Revolution

Mar 19, 2015 |

A new book titled Big Data Revolution documents the ever-widening impact that big data is having across the business world. “Data is the new intellectual property,” the authors write. “It can be harnessed for advantage or ignored at peril.” In Big Data Revolution: What farmers, doctors and insurance agents teach us about discovering big data patterns, authors Rob Thomas and Patrick McSharry–an IBM vice president and a senior research fellow at the University of Oxford–guide the reader through analyses of Read more…

U.S. Names First Chief Data Scientist

Feb 24, 2015 |

An industry veteran and college math professor who is partially credited with coining the title “data scientist” has been named the nation’s first chief data scientist. The White House announced the appointment of DJ Patil to the new post last week. Patil also will serve as the Obama administration’s deputy chief technology officer for data policy, the White House said. Patil most recently served as a vice president at RelateIQ, a customer relationship management specialist acquired by Salesforce in July Read more…

This Just In

Polytechnique Montréal Recruits Renowned Data Scientist Andrea Lodi

May 22, 2015 |

May 22 — “We are witnessing the beginning of a new revolution, for information technology but also for industry,” observes Professor Andrea Lodi, holder of the new Canada Excellence Research Chair in Data Science for Real-Time Decision-Making, the biggest chair in Canada in the field of “big data” and operations research, launched today at Polytechnique Montréal. This revolution is being driven by the combination of data science and operational research, which Professor Lodi’s chair is set to spearhead. He envisions Read more…

Glassbeam Collaborates With UC Santa Cruz in Launching CoE in Data Science Research

May 22, 2015 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 22 — Glassbeam, Inc., the machine data analytics company, today announced that it is working with UC Santa Cruz to create a Center of Excellence in Data Science Research. The Center will develop new foundational research in data-driven discovery and decision making and provide a forum for researchers in industry and academia to exchange ideas and develop practical solutions to data science challenges. Glassbeam is providing initial seed funding to support the creation of the Center and Read more…

Skillsoft and IBM Research Unveil New Applications for Big Data in Learning and Talent Development

May 19, 2015 |

May 19–At its 2015 Global Skillsoft Perspectives customer conference in Orlando, Skillsoft, a global leader in learning and talent management, will present live demonstrations of the latest next-generation adaptive capabilities the company has been developing with IBM Research over the past 18 months. The demo will highlight stage two of the multi-phase joint development effort IBM and Skillsoft have undertaken to harness the power of big data in enterprise learning and development. At the event, attendees will see how IBM Read more…

Mu Sigma Launches Analytics Curriculum for High School Students

May 13, 2015 |

CHICAGO, Ill,. May 13 — Mu Sigma, the world’s largest pure-play big data analytics and decision sciences provider, announced today that it has launched a first-of-its-kind analytics curriculum for high school students. The program, known as The Mu Sigma High Decision Sciences Program and taught by Mu Sigma associates, is designed to get students interested in the field of analytics. It’s an extension of Mu Sigma University, a longstanding program for Mu Sigma employees intended to create interdisciplinary decision scientists, fusing together Read more…

Winners Announced From Teradata Aster and Northwestern University Hackathon

May 6, 2015 |

CHICAGO, Ill., May 6 — Teradata Corporation, the big data analytics and marketing applications company, today announced winners from the second annual Teradata Aster and Northwestern University Hackathon event held April 29. A hackathon is a data mining competition during which data science experts and students compete using advanced analytics platforms to resolve complex hypothetical problems. This and similar hackathons are emerging in academic culture as the dramatic explosion in global demand for practitioners in data analytics continues. The April 29 Hackathon was led by Read more…