Category Archives: Analytics

Discussions about business analytics and intelligence, from the science and math to the applications.

For the Love of Big Data: What is Big Data?

Several weeks ago I was on the panel “Privacy and Innovation in the Age of Big Data” at the International Association of Privacy Professionals in Washington, DC USA. My role was to present the attraction and value of data but not … Continue reading

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For the Love of Big Data: Why do data scientists want more data, rather than less?

Several weeks ago I was on the panel “Privacy and Innovation in the Age of Big Data” at the International Association of Privacy Professionals in Washington, DC USA. My role was to present the attraction and value of data but not … Continue reading

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For the Love of Big Data: What issues can analytics present?

Several weeks ago I was on the panel “Privacy and Innovation in the Age of Big Data” at the International Association of Privacy Professionals in Washington, DC USA. My role was to present the attraction and value of data but not … Continue reading

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For the Love of Big Data: Approach to policy can determine outcomes

Several weeks ago I was on the panel “Privacy and Innovation in the Age of Big Data” at the International Association of Privacy Professionals in Washington, DC USA. My role was to present the attraction and value of data but not … Continue reading

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Presentation: For the Love of Big Data

This is a presentation I gave yesterday at the International Association of Privacy Professionals in Washington, DC USA, on March 6, 2014. This short presentation was meant to stimulate ideas that would then be complemented by discussions about privacy policies … Continue reading

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Students ask: “Where do analytics get used?”

In the last few months I have given several talks to students getting graduate degrees in fields that involve analytics. For many of these students, their first question is “How do I get a job?”. Once we move beyond that, … Continue reading

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My scale of cognitive computing

Last week I hosted a strategy session for my group at IBM Research and I used the following as a scale of how cognitive certain types of computing are: Bob’s Scale of Cognitive Computing Sentient “we can do without the … Continue reading

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Digital marketing FAIL

Message from a website for a digital marketing company: “It looks like you are visiting from Australia, would you like to visit our Australian site?” I’m several thousand miles from Australia. I know that they perhaps could not accurately identify … Continue reading

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Rules for fun and profit

Yesterday the New York Times published an article called “Apps That Know What You Want, Before You Do.” In it they described the category of so-called “predictive search” apps that behave like digital personal assistants, to a point. The idea … Continue reading

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What We Do When We Do Analytics Research

In May of 2013 I was asked to contribute an article to ProVISION, an IBM magazine published in Japan for current and potential customers and clients. That piece was translated into Japanese and published at the end of July. Below … Continue reading

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Think top-down about Big Data

Don’t think piecemeal about all the data that is becoming available for analysis. Think comprehensively about the right and wrong uses of the data to avoid surprises. “Big Data” is a term broadly used in the IT industry about all … Continue reading

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Collaborate but be decisive

Many people in organizations are lucky to have so many colleagues with wonderful skills and experiences that can be brought to bear on any particular problem. The trick is to bring together a team of the right size and act … Continue reading

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Workforce analytics announcement

Today my team at IBM Research, in collaboration with our software colleagues, announced that we’ll be offering to customers new analytics capabilities in the areas of employee retention and workforce sentiment. The main details are the press release and an … Continue reading

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Some questions to ask yourself if you want to be a data scientist

Last October, the Harvard Business Review published an article called “Data Scientist: The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century.” I could virtually hear the rejoicing in the work hallways of analysts, mathematicians, statisticians, and computer scientists everywhere. At last, recognition! … Continue reading

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Math and Analytics at IBM Research: 50+ Years

Soon after I arrived back in IBM Research last July after 13 years away in the Software Group and Corporate, I was shown a 2003 edition of the IBM Journal of Research and Development that was dedicated to the Mathematical … Continue reading

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Simple introduction to analytics

This came up today in a discussion today, so I thought it would be useful to clarify some terminology related to analytics. Reporting and dashboards are not predictive analytics. More generally, Descriptive analytics is where you describe what is or has … Continue reading

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New year, newish job

As of the end of December, I’ve been with IBM for 30 years. That seems like a lot, but I think you just sort of wake up one day and discover that time has gone by, you’ve been working, your … Continue reading

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Analytics: Interacting systems make things tricky

Every year around holiday times, millions of people take to the roads, the skies, and the rails to visit friends and families. Sometimes everything works perfectly: the traffic isn’t too heavy, there are no accidents, schedules are met, lines are … Continue reading

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Where I’ve been

It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted an entry here. It’s been a very busy summer both in my personal life as well as my business one. I changed jobs within IBM effective August 1: I went from the … Continue reading

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