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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…

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…

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…

Automating the Pain Out of Big Data Transformation

Jan 24, 2014 |

Having a big data set is a bit like owning a big house. There are many more activities available to you and your friends, but at the end of the day, keeping the house clean and tidy is a major expense. What the world really needs right now is a way to automate the process of cleaning, normalizing, and preparing the big data set (the house) for the next analysis (party). Luckily, the big data community has responded with new offerings that take data transformations to new automated heights.

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DARPA Seeks to Leapfrog Big Data with ‘Big Mechanisms’

Jul 31, 2014 |

A Defense Department research program seeks to “leapfrog” advanced big data analytics by developing automated search technologies that could help explain the causes and effects that drive complex systems. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which is credited with developing the Internet’s basic architecture, launched its “big mechanism” initiative earlier this year that aims to develop automated tools that could uncover causal models hidden in big data. The classic example of a big mechanism is the 1854 map of Read more…

Commerce Department to Hire Data Czar

Jul 23, 2014 |

In an effort to make greater use of government data, the U.S. Commerce Department is hiring its first chief data officer and convening an industry panel to make agency data more accessible. Several agencies within the Commerce Department like the National Weather Service produce and disseminate huge volumes of meteorological data that are used by private enterprises like the Weather Channel and AccuWeather. “The Department of Commerce is working to unleash more of its data to strengthen the nation’s economic Read more…

As Pollution Worsens, China Turns to Big Data

Jul 8, 2014 |

You’ve got to see, smell, feel Beijing’s smog to believe it. Looking out a high window of a tall building, the air is opaque. Despite rules against them, vendors cook and sell food on side streets using charcoal grills. Prevailing winds from the Gobi Desert distribute dust throughout the sprawling capital. The desert dust along with particulates from high-sulfur coal burned in the city’s power plants prompt car owners to brush off their vehicles the way we might clear snow Read more…

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…

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