Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 03/10/2016

Data science roles will be among best paid in near future, conference hears – Independent.ie “Ireland must urgently invest in data science skills, an audience at a Big Data event in Dublin heard today.” tags: m data science ireland Pizza Hut National Pi Day math contest “Want to earn 3.14…

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 11/06/2015

Machine Learning: What Counting Jelly Beans Can Teach Us “This phenomenon is an example of what’s known as “the wisdom of the crowd,” a modeling strategy frequently used in machine learning. Given that you have a diverse enough number of perspectives—each of which must have some measure of signal, but…

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 11/05/2015

Baidu, the ‘Chinese Google,’ Is Teaching AI to Spot Malware | WIRED “But deep learning is quickly pushing into other areas as well. Ng also says that Baidu is now using deep neural nets to help drive the company’s security software (Baidu sells such Symantec-like anti-virus software in China).” tags:…

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General Reading for 10/31/2015

Here’s why IBM will acquire The Weather Company – Fortune “As part of the acquisition, IBM will get over 5,000 of the Weather Company’s customers in the aviation, energy, and insurance industries, among others. Many businesses that are potentially impacted by weather depend on the Weather Company for forecasts of…

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 10/20/2015

Harrisburg University plans summit on big data analytics | CPBJ “Keynote speakers will include James Pennebaker, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin who developed the LIWC text analysis program; and Bob Sutor, vice president for mobile, solutions and mathematical sciences at IBM Research.” tags: m harrisburg big…

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“Considering New Data Sources” for the UN Global Conference on Big Data for Official Statistics

Here is my brief presentation “Considering New Data Sources” for the 2nd Annual United Nations Global Conference on Big Data for Official Statistics in Abu Dhabi, delivered on 20 October, 2015, as part of the panel “The Big Data Landscape 2015 -2020.”

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 10/16/2015

How pollsters are fighting for relevance in the age of big data “But Bricker cautions that voting-intention surveys and consumer research are so different that the transferability of conclusions from one to the other is low. Corporate clients rarely want information on the general population, unless it’s to figure out…

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 10/07/2015

Bob Dylan’s new IBM ad: Some additional information, watch video here | Examiner.com “A new video advertisement featuring Bob Dylan and super computer IBM Watson premiered on IBM’s You Tube page early this afternoon. According to the description accompanying the ad, “IBM Watson analyzes Bob Dylan’s lyrics and shows that…

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Math and Data Science Reading for 10/06/2015

IBM’s New Unit Bets on Boom in Artificial Intelligence – WSJ “Introduced in 2011, Watson excels at analyzing vast quantities of information to uncover relationships that humans might miss. It has assisted oncologists at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, contributed to a recipe book, and bested champions of television’s “Jeopardy”…

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Math and Data Science Reading for 09/18/2015

60+ Free Books on Big Data, Data Science, Data Mining, Machine Learning, Python, R, and more “Here is a great collection of eBooks written on the topics of Data Science, Business Analytics, Data Mining, Big Data, Machine Learning, Algorithms, Data Science Tools, and Programming Languages for Data Science. “ tags:…

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What I’m Reading on 09/09/2015

IBM News room – 2015-09-02 IBM Transforms the 2015 US Open with Tennis Apps, Analytics and Acumen – United States “IBM is teaming with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) to bring a combination of predictive analytics, cloud, mobile and social technologies that will enable tennis enthusiasts to follow every…

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What I’m Reading on 08/11/2015

CVS Health, IBM plot Watson deployment | ZDNet “The companies on Thursday outlined a partnership where CVS Health will use Watson to allow practitioners to tap health information, medical records, pharmacy, claims and other data from fitness devices to track progress and goals.” tags: bs cvs ibm watson IBM buys…

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Daily Math and Data Science Reading for 05/13/2015

Where Big Data Projects Fail – Data Science Central “Failure can happen for many reasons, however there are a few glaring dangers that will cause any big data project to crash and burn. Based on my experience working with companies and organizations of all shapes and sizes, I know these…

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Daily Math and Data Science Reading for 05/12/2015

Python, Predictive Analytics & Big Data oh my! “Python has seen significant growth in utilization in the areas of data science and predictive analytics in both the corporate and academic worlds. The KDNuggets2014 poll of dominant languages in Data Science (http://www.kdnuggets.com/2014/08/four-main-languages-analytics-data-mining-data-science.html) puts Python second to R in languages used in…

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Daily Math and Data Science Reading for 05/11/2015

Watson Analytics Pro rolls out with added database, collaboration support | ZDNet “The professional edition comes with several upgrades IBM has been promising since it launched the commercialized analytics service last year, including increased collaboration capabilities, expanded database support and connectors to cloud storage providers.” tags: m watson analytics ibm…

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Daily Math and Data Science Reading for 05/08/2015

Why picking a college roommate is now like online dating – CNET “Some colleges are now using software programs and algorithms to pair up first-year students. Much like online dating, it’s all based on compatibility.” tags: m picking college online dating Perform text analytics with Bluemix analytics services “This tutorial…

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Daily Math and Data Science Reading for 05/07/2015

The Top 5 Challenges Facing Big Data Startups Today “But as attractive as the big data space is, it can be a tricky sector for new entrepreneurs. Consider that 66 percent of all startups fail within the first 12 months. Though big data businesses may feel confident that they’re entering…

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What I’m Reading on 05/07/2015

Battle over app analytics accelerates with Apple’s entry | PCWorld “With Apple offering its own tool for developers to see how their apps are selling, pressure is on specialist vendors to improve their offerings. On Wednesday, App Annie announced it had acquired mobile measurement company Mobidia to do just that.”…

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What I’m Reading on 05/04/2015

The Free ‘Big Data’ Sources Everyone Should Know – Data Science Central “Any company, from big blue chip corporations to the tiniest start-up can now leverage more data than ever before. Many of my clients ask me for the top data sources they could use in their big data endeavour…

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What I’m Reading on 05/02/2015

Using machine learning on Call of Duty game to detect cheating behaviour – CIO “Speaking at the recent Predictive Analytics World conference in San Francisco, Activision’s director of analytic services, Josh Hemann, spoke about how different classification algorithms are helping the game creator effectively referee millions of game matches played…

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What I’m Reading on 04/28/2015

How to Configure Drupal with MongoDB Replica Set | Severalnines “Drupal’s modular setup allows for different datastores to be integrated as modules, this allows sites to store different types of Drupal data into MongoDB. You can choose to store Drupal’s cache, session, watchdog, block information, queue and field storage data…

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What I’m Reading on 03/23/2015

Online Education in Analytics and Data Science | bicorner.com “Several people have asked me for advice about education and training in Analytics and Data Science, so I wrote this article. For our purpose here, I include Analytics, Data Mining, and Data Science degree program, certificate, training, and certification programs. This…

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2015 is Not the Year of Big Data, Big Data Was and Is Here to Stay

It’s the beginning of a new year and we’re being flooded with predictions, retrospectives, and catchy headlines to make us read articles about our favorite topics. One that I have seen more than once is “2015: The Year of Big Data.” I thought 2013 and 2014 were the Years of…

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What I’m Reading on 01/02/2015 – Big Data Predictions Edition

No endorsements of any of these by me, but a roundup of what people think will happen in 2015. It’s always a good idea to subtract “my company, product, or open source project interests” from so-called objective predictions. Investment banks pile into big data analytics /Euromoney magazine “Goldman Sachs has…

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What I’m Reading on 12/29/2014

WordPress WordPress › P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) « WordPress Plugins “This plugin creates a profile of your WordPress site’s plugins’ performance by measuring their impact on your site’s load time.  Often times, WordPress sites load slowly because of poorly configured plugins or because there are so many of them. By using…

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What I’m Reading on 12/10/2014

Introducing a New Generation of Mobile Apps for the Enterprise « A Smarter Planet Blog A Smarter Planet Blog “Today, we’re delivering on that promise by announcing the first 10 mobile apps that will come to market–the first of many that we have on the drawing boards. I’m impressed by…

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What I’m Reading on 12/09/2014

R, Swift soar in language search popularity in 2014 | InfoWorld “Stalwarts like Java, PHP, and C++ remain highly popular but are dropping in Tiobe’s year-end ratings” tags: bs swift r USDA Announces 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum Speakers, Theme “Smart Agriculture in the 21st Century” | USDA Newsroom “The plenary…

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What I’m Reading on 10/31/2014

Tencent teams up with IBM to offer business software over the cloud | Reuters “Tencent Holdings Ltd said on Friday it would collaborate with International Business Machines Corp (IBM) on a new cloud software business for corporate customers, a marked departure for one of the dominant forces in China’s consumer…

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5 mistakes to avoid when creating a mobile app

Over the last several years, I’ve been deeply involved with IBM‘s Mobile efforts and now lead that technology area in IBM Research. In the last year we’ve held several hackathons and other events to get more and more people knowledgeable about how to create mobile apps. So with this experience…

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What I’m Reading on 09/16/2014

IBM’s New Watson Analytics Wants To Bring Big Data To The Masses | TechCrunch “Watson Analytics is a cloud application that does all of the the heavy lifting related to big data processing by retrieving the data, analyzing it, cleaning it, building sophisticated visualizations and offering an environment for communicating and…

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What I’m Reading on 08/27/2014

Facebook’s Parse Adds Support for Apple’s Swift “This means developers building with Swift can take advantage of Parse’s features (storing data, managing users, sending push notifications, tracking analytics, and so on) long before Apple starts accepting apps in the fall.” tags: bs facebook apple swift Posted from Diigo. The rest…

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What I’m Reading on 05/28/2014

Microsoft buys mobile analytics vendor Capptain | ZDNet “Microsoft has purchased French mobile-analytics vendor Capptain for an undisclosed amount.” tags: bs microsoft mobile analytics Is College Worth It? Clearly, New Data Say – NYTimes.com “A new set of income statistics answers those questions quite clearly: Yes, college is worth it,…

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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 to constantly interrupt myself with “but, but, but” for policy…

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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 to constantly interrupt myself with “but, but, but” for policy…

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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 to constantly interrupt myself with “but, but, but” for policy…

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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 to constantly interrupt myself with “but, but, but” for policy…

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What I’m Reading on 02/25/2014

IBM News room – 2014-02-24 IBM to Acquire Cloudant: Open, Cloud Database Service Helps Organizations Simplify Mobile, Web App and Big Data Development – United States “IBM (NYSE:IBM) today announced a definitive agreement to acquire Boston, MA-based Cloudant, Inc., a privately held database-as-a-service (DBaaS) provider that enables developers to easily…

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What I’m Reading on 01/30/2014

Hal Varian and the “New” Predictive Techniques | Business Forecasting “Big Data: New Tricks for Econometrics is, for my money, one of the best discussions of techniques like classification and regression trees, random forests, and penalized  regression (such as lasso, lars, and elastic nets) that can be found.” tags: forecasting…

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What I’m Reading on 12/12/2013

When Machines Get Creative « A Smarter Planet Blog A Smarter Planet Blog “The system uses text mining, analytics, and statistical reasoning similar to that of the Watson system. Where the virtual chef differs with its cognitive cousin is not only in its understanding of food chemistry, but its ability…

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My annotated programming language history

I’ve been coding, a.k.a programming, since I was 15 years old. Since then I’ve used many programming languages. Some of them have been for work, some have been for fun. I mean, really, who hasn’t done some programing while on vacation? Somewhat chronologically, here are many of the languages I’ve…

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What I’m Reading on 12/10/2013

Goodbye athlete’s foot: IBM researchers craft nanomedicine to kill fungi where other meds fail | VentureBeat | Health | by Dean Takahashi “IBM researchers and a team in Singapore have taken common plastic and engineered it into a nanomedicine that is 1,000 times smaller than a grain of sand and…

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What I’m Reading on 10/24/2013

Japan Test-Fires ‘Space Cannon’ to Shoot Asteroid | Space.com “A “space cannon” scheduled to fire a metal bullet at an asteroid in 2018 has been successfully tested, according to press reports. A spokesman with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) told AFP that the Hayabusa2 project, set to carry the…

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What I’m Reading on 10/22/2013

Ubuntu Touch: The smartphone Ubuntu Linux arrives | ZDNet “Never forget that Ubuntu Touch is what Canonical, Ubuntu’s parent company, sees as Ubuntu’s real future. The Linux desktop is great, but it shows little sign of paying back Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth’s investment. Ubuntu’s commercial future lies with the OpenStack…

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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 humans” systems Learning, reasoning, inferencing systems Cognitive-enough systems Most analytics…

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General Reading for 08/06/2013

IBM’s Irv Lustig on Taking CAP Exam – YouTube “IBM‘s Irv Lustig was one of the first INFORMS members to take the new INFORMS CAP (Certified Analytics Professional) exam. In this interview recorded at the 2013 INFORMS Analytics Conference in San Antonio, Irv shares his view on taking the exam,…

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General Reading for 08/05/2013

Quantum Machine Learning for Big Data “In a nutshell, Lloyd’s q-app (pronounced “quapp”) encodes Google-like queries with q-bits that enable quantum computers to not only perform real-time searches through even the most gigantic databases, but which also insures their absolute privacy, since attempts to eavesdrop on the query by the…

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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 is the original article I wrote in English describing some…

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General Reading for 07/29/2013

Cognitive Computing and the Quest to Build a Silicon Brain | DiscoverMagazine.com “An engineer’s revolutionary new chip, inspired by how our own brains work, could turn computing on its head.” tags: ibm cognitive computing Systems That Perceive, Think, and Act “Technological advances are allowing scientists to begin building a cognitive…

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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! While it is debatable in this case if the job…

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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 Sciences group at 40. From that, I and others assumed…

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Daily links for 04/02/2013

IBM Information On Demand 2013 – global conference November 3-7, Las Vegas, Nevada tags: iod ibm analytics Baseball Broadcasts Introduce Advanced Statistics, but With Caution – NYTimes.com “Statistical analysis has swept through baseball over the past decade, becoming part of the fabric of the game and an object of growing…

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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 already happened, usually by processing a lot of data (which…

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Social Media and the Professional: Enterprise Social Media

In this series I’m looking at my experiences using social media as a business professional. In this entry I examine the rules and policies I personally use regarding enterprise social media. In the introduction to this series of blog entries, I asked several questions regarding my use of particular social…

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