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Tape Gets Second Wind as Big Data Mounts

Sep 16, 2014 |

Think tape is dead in our big data world? Think again. This week, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) announced that it bought 20PB of tape capacity to expand the world’s biggest data archive. Meanwhile, the LTO Program has plotted out a roadmap for the next decade that will eventually see a single LTO tape cartridge storing 120 TB of data. While tape is looked down upon in our speed-obsessed culture, the old standby has proven its relevance in Read more…

Big Data Outliers: Friend or Foe?

Sep 2, 2014 |

The bigger your dataset, the greater your chance of stumbling into an outlier. It’s practically a certainty you’ll find isolated, unexpected, and possibly bizarre data you never expected to see in your data. But how you respond to these outliers could mean the difference between big data success and failure. How should you deal with data outliers? The answer is simple: It depends. On the one hand, the presence of outliers may be a sign of serious data quality issues, Read more…

Here’s Another Option for Hadoop Enterprise Search

Aug 8, 2014 |

The software stacks of many Hadoop distributions feature Apache Lucene and Solr as the enterprise search component. But the folks at the French firm Sinequa say Hadoop customers will get more actual work done–and quickly analyze massive amounts of poly-structured data from dozens of other sources in multiple languages–by using its enterprise search solution. Hadoop, machine learning algorithms, and graph databases may get most of the headlines in our big data world, but good old search engines continue to be Read more…

FDA Mines Billing Data for Drug Interaction Insight

Jul 22, 2014 |

The Food and Drug Administration is five years into a pilot program aimed at identifying hazardous drug interactions by mining the medical billing records of millions of Americans. The program, dubbed Mini-Sentinel, is a creative application of big data technologies that has the potential to improve people’s lives. The FDA started funding the Mini-Sentinel project in 2009 with the goal of coming up a better way to monitor for unintended side effects of prescription drugs. It’s impossible to eliminate all 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…

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Food For Thought: Startup Targets Nutritional Data

Sep 16, 2014 |

A U.K. data startup that has developed a semantic platform targeting nutrition and health applications said it has added more than 500,000 U.S. products to its dataset in hopes of promoting new applications for everything from nutritional information to exercise devices to restaurant menus. London-based Klappo said earlier this month that the expansion of its dataset includes 525,000 U.S. product barcodes containing ingredient information about the nutritional value of U.S. food products. It said about 100,000 cover new food ingredients Read more…

Data Tools Help Researchers Tackle Pediatric Cancer

Sep 10, 2014 |

A genomic data analysis platform being installed at the National Cancer Institute will deliver rapid analysis of billions of data points required when sequencing human DNA and other genomic data. Translational Genomics Research (TGen) said Sept. 10 it is providing the National Cancer Institute with high performance computing and bioinformatics support along with specialized tools designed to support pediatric cancer research programs. Those efforts include personalized medicine trial for pediatric cancer patients being conducted by the Neuroblastoma and Medulloblastoma Translational Read more…

Data Startup Targets Machine Learning for Healthcare

Aug 27, 2014 |

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 structured laboratory test results. “Medical diagnostics is, at its heart, a data problem,” notes Jeremy Howard, founder and CEO of Enlitic, a San Francisco-based startup that wants to use machine-learning technology to transform diagnostic healthcare. “Recent applied machine learning Read more…

Databases Used to Trace Western Migrations

Aug 15, 2014 |

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 Middle Ages, the researchers also found that Paris, locations in what is now the Netherlands and northern Italy were among the emerging cities that attracted European intellectuals and those elites who’s birth and death records made it into the databases. According to the Read more…

Climate Researchers Crunch Data on Weather Extremes

Aug 5, 2014 |

Few data science problems can top weather forecasting and climate modeling for sheer complexity. Hence, big data is playing a key role in tracking changes in global climate and, with it, weather and climate extremes. The application of data analysis to decades of weather and climate data can provide insights that inform billion-dollar investments in agriculture, commodities, insurance and the financial sector, experts stress. More insights could be drawn from recent research at Northeastern University in Boston that used climate Read more…

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