Big Data News, Articles, & Education

The Beauty Metric: Choosing the Best-Fit Advanced Analytic Algorithms

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by James Kobielus Advanced algorithms power the engines of statistical analysis, but they’re not invisible ghosts in the machine. Instead, data scientists compose and tweak algorithms visually, writing the underlying code and then exploring the resultant visuals to see how well they distill the correlations, classifications and other patterns in the data. Data scientists rely…

Is There an Ideal Programming Language for Big Data?

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by Angela Guess Charles Menguy of InfoQ.com recently wrote, “Big Data is a field where even a single millisecond loss can be significant over billions of events. Yet, languages often regarded as slow like Python have gained a lot of popularity in the past year. Recent articles and discussions in the Big Data community have started…

Infographic: Big Data Trends 2014

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by Angela Guess Mark van Rijmenam of Smart Data Collective recently shared an insightful Big Data infographic created by Aureus Analytics. The infographic (below) shares eight predictions for Big Data and its management over the coming year. Rijmenam writes: “With 2014 now being underway, more organisations are releasing their predictions for the next year. The same goes for Aureus,…

Talend Experienced Record Growth in 2013

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by Angela Guess A recent article out of the company reports that “Talend, the global big data integration software leader, today announced that it has recorded tremendous growth and momentum in 2013. The company saw a surge in product innovation, received new investment, strengthened its leadership team, and broadened its strategic partnerships to further its position as a…

7 Pieces of Advice for Big Data at Small Companies

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by Angela Guess Stephanie Miles of Street Fight recently wrote, “One of the biggest misconceptions about big data is that it’s only relevant for large businesses. In reality, big data services are often just as useful for local merchants on Main Street as they are for global retail chains and CPG brands. With 90% of transactions…

NASA’s Latest Strategies for Tackling Big Data

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by Angela Guess Megan Gannon of Space.com reports, “Every hour, NASA’s missions collectively compile hundreds of terabytes of information, which, if printed out in hard copies, would take up the equivalent of tens of millions of trees worth of paper. This deluge of material poses some big data challenges for the space agency. But a team at…

How to Make Your Big Data More Adaptable

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by Angela Guess John Weathington of Tech Republic recently wrote, “If you’re trying to waltz when your customers want to quickstep, they’ll choose your competition. This anxiety-inducing situation often points leaders in the direction of big data, which is a smart move. However, most organizations approach big data with too much trepidation — they’re dipping their…

Making the Most of Your Big Data Talent

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by Angela Guess Brad Brown and Brian Henstorf of the Harvard Business Review recently wrote, “The immense promise of big data to reveal new opportunities and deliver practical business results has so far been focused on technologies and models, and less on the human challenges of staffing roles and  processes to take advantage of big data’s…

7 Emerging Data Trends

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by Angela Guess Mervyn Mooi of IT Web recently shared his list of seven emerging data trends for 2014. First on his list is self-service BI and visual discovery: “These are not new trends, the two have been working together for some time now to improve the rate at which non-analytics business people can gain access…

Big Data’s Effect on Earthquake Science

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by Angela Guess Robert Perkins of USC News recently wrote, “Twenty years ago, a fault that scientists didn’t even know existed slipped, triggering a massive 6.7 magnitude earthquake centered beneath the San Fernando Valley, with shockwaves rippling throughout the greater Los Angeles area. When the strongest shaking ceased, the region had suffered 57 deaths and more…