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  • CEO survey: Digital technology for customer engagement and data provides big business value

    Data mining News
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:55 pm
    … cent of CEOs, followed by data mining and analysis (80 per cent …
  • Stamp of Approval

    Data Mining: Text Mining, Visualization and Social Media
    Matthew Hurst
    2 Jan 2015 | 9:31 pm
    After getting a hint of this a few months ago, I've finally tracked down an image of a stamp that will be released this year to celebrate the invention of the World Wide Web using an image I created. Here's the source. Think of me as you lick 'em.
  • Number of the Day: 123

    The Numbers
    Brian Hershberg
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:03 am
    The national average price of a gallon of regular gasoline is a half-cent higher today than yesterday. That ends a record streak of 123 consecutive declines.
  • Updated Slides - VT/NH Presentation on February 19

    Kevin Hillstrom: MineThatData
    Kevin Hillstrom
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:10 pm
    Ok, friends, here's what are likely to be the 145 slides I present at the VT/NH Marketing Group session in Concord, NH on February 19.Click here to download the slides.Turn to page 62 for a new series of slides that outline the metrics surrounding a successful catalog business - how do your metrics compare?And for heaven's sake, please hurry up and register for the conference before the room is full ... attendance is on a record pace ... and why wouldn't it be if you had a chance to hear Amy Africa present??!!Click here to register.Again - no selling, folks. It's you and your peers,…
  • Morel Steps Down as Wunderman CEO

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    Direct Marketing News
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:02 pm
    WPP Digital CEO Mark Read will succeed the longtime chief of the direct agency.
 
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    Data Mining: Text Mining, Visualization and Social Media

  • Stamp of Approval

    Matthew Hurst
    2 Jan 2015 | 9:31 pm
    After getting a hint of this a few months ago, I've finally tracked down an image of a stamp that will be released this year to celebrate the invention of the World Wide Web using an image I created. Here's the source. Think of me as you lick 'em.
  • The Longform Manifesto

    Matthew Hurst
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Sometimes a title for a blog posts suggests itself to me which seems so self contained that it takes real effort to actual write the post ('Machine Intelligence, not Machine Learning is the Next Big Thing' is another in this line). The idea behind the (or a) Longform Manifesto is as follows. I have become aware of late of the sense of deterioration that is associated with the mobile 'revolution' and the info snacking, casual gaming and interupt driven lifestyle that it has entailed. The behaviours are perfectly illustrated in this scene from Portlandia:   With a daughter…
  • Scottish Independence : Bing Predicts 'No'

    Matthew Hurst
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    Bing's prediction team has a feature live on the site right now that predicts Scotland will not become an independant nation as a result of today's referendum.
  • Bing hearts World Cup 2014, Google - not so much

    Matthew Hurst
    12 Jul 2014 | 12:19 pm
    While Google has been doing a great job of their front page animations (today's is very nice, illustrating how Brazil and The Netherlands are on their way to Russia for 2018), Bing appears to be far more attentive to actually answering questions about the competition. For example: Compared to Bing's Google's answer brings up some interesting news articles, but Bing brings up stats on the teams and even a prediction of who will win (Cortana - which is driving these predictions - has been doing a perfect job of predicting game outcomes).
  • GrubHub's Phasmid Websites

    Matthew Hurst
    3 May 2014 | 9:49 pm
    The rationale behind mining business data directly from the business's own website is that the business has a clear economic motivation to ensure that the data is up to date. If you own a restaurant that changes location, and your website still publishes the former address, those potential customers who visit your site will not be enjoying your delicious offerings. For the web mining proposition to work, it is important to firstly know that you have in your hand a genuine business website and secondly, to have excellent extraction and inference technology to pull the required…
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    The Numbers

  • Number of the Day: 123

    Brian Hershberg
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:03 am
    The national average price of a gallon of regular gasoline is a half-cent higher today than yesterday. That ends a record streak of 123 consecutive declines.
  • Number of the Day: 1,000

    Brian Hershberg
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:45 am
    Duke University men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski scored his 1,000th career victory Sunday. That's no small feat.
  • Behind the Benchmarks: A Look at Some Crude History

    Jo Craven McGinty
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Crude oil was once traded with no public point of reference. Now oil benchmarks such as West Texas Intermediate and Brent are readily available. And they're telling different stories.
  • Number of the Day: ’529′

    Brian Hershberg
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:11 am
    The hubbub over whether to begin taxing '529' college-savings accounts raises a question of how to define the middle class
  • Reader Mailbag: Second-Guessing on Leap Seconds

    Jo Craven McGinty
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:24 am
    Numbers readers took some issue with the notion that, if left unadjusted over a few centuries, the disparity between atomic clocks and time based on the rotation of the Earth would gradually increase after a few centuries to a full hour. The equation isn't straightforward. Doing their own back-of-the-envelope calculations, one of the readers estimated that 60 centuries, or 6,000 years, would elapse before the times diverged by one hour.
 
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    Kevin Hillstrom: MineThatData

  • Updated Slides - VT/NH Presentation on February 19

    Kevin Hillstrom
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:10 pm
    Ok, friends, here's what are likely to be the 145 slides I present at the VT/NH Marketing Group session in Concord, NH on February 19.Click here to download the slides.Turn to page 62 for a new series of slides that outline the metrics surrounding a successful catalog business - how do your metrics compare?And for heaven's sake, please hurry up and register for the conference before the room is full ... attendance is on a record pace ... and why wouldn't it be if you had a chance to hear Amy Africa present??!!Click here to register.Again - no selling, folks. It's you and your peers,…
  • If The NY TImes Says Catalogs Are Back, They're Back!

    Kevin Hillstrom
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Soak it in (click here)! What else are you going to do today, as snow envelops one tiny fraction of the planet but dominates everything you read or watch?Pay attention to the graph.Notice that the article doesn't talk much about sales, and doesn't mention profit. Why didn't any of the companies shown in the article talk about how profitable it is to mail catalogs?It's been quite an old-school media blitz about catalogs in recent weeks, don't you think? It almost makes you feel like something is being astroturfed by the sources in the article who have a vested interest in promoting paper.And…
  • SkyMall - Bankrupt

    Kevin Hillstrom
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:10 pm
    Click here, dear readers. And read this one, too, while you're at it (click here). And if you like an omnichannel way to grow the business, this author has one for you (click here) - suggesting that omnichannel would save SkyMall.I keep hearing the "omnichannel argument", as it relates to SkyMall. Geez.Here's the problem. SkyMall went from $80,000,000 a year in annual sales to roughly $20,000,000 this year ... that's quite a drop over five or six years. What changed? Infinity!What do I mean by infinity?There was a time when you flew, and you didn't have choices. A book. Hemispheres…
  • Piperlime - Done

    Kevin Hillstrom
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:05 pm
    Click here to read the news - yet another punch in the gut in the omnichannel movement.These days, you read about online brands opening stores ... you're told that this is the future, an exciting omnichannel future. Well, Piperlime opened a store (2012), just like the omnichannel experts demand of online companies. The brand was backed up by the fixed cost infrastructure of Gap ... plenty of resources to succeed there. They had partnerships with celebrity stylists, TV stars.They did what the experts say you HAVE to do to be successful.And yet - they're done.Our obsession with channels is…
  • eBay Eliminating 2,400 Jobs

    Kevin Hillstrom
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Click here for the gloom-and-doom the media are piling upon eBay, who only grew sales by +/- 6% during the November / December timeframe, according to third parties who don't have full access to actual sales numbers.It wasn't long ago that the pundits lauded eBay, celebrating the fact that they were shifting business to mobile - remember the gaudy platitudes about 40% of new customers coming in during Holiday 2013 via mobile (click here). E-commerce experts are going to learn what catalog experts learned a decade ago ... channel shift does not equate to incremental sales. It just…
 
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    TIBCO Spotfire's Trends and Outliers

  • Five Tips for Building Analytic Talent in 2015

    Spotfire Blogging Team
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:55 am
    The New Year promises to bring a continuation of the growth of data available for businesses to tap to bolster the bottom line. Take, for example, International Data Corp (IDC) predictions for 2015, with the research firm noting that visual data discovery tools will grow 2.5 times faster than the rest of the Business Intelligence market. The concern goes on to note that by 2018, visual data discovery tools, an enabler of end-user self service, will become a requirement for all enterprises. However, the ongoing shortage of skilled employees will continue, with IDC noting that in the U.S.
  • 19th Century Infographics and the Future of Big Data

    Spotfire Blogging Team
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:55 am
    A set of 19th-century charts detailing some of America’s most populous cities, state ratios of church accommodations and immigration rates was recently uncovered in the Library of Congress and meticulously restored to original condition using new digital techniques. Beyond the unique beauty of these data visualization precursors, however, there’s a lesson about the future of Big Data itself. Pretty Pictures As noted by CityLab, the work of Vintage Visualizations on pages from an 1870s statistical atlas is nothing short of astonishing. Vibrant colors and minute details pop out at…
  • Saving Fuel with Big Data

    Spotfire Blogging Team
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:13 am
    While most companies have an understandable desire to reduce fuel costs, shipping companies like UPS may be at the top of the list. According to UPS, a typical driver can make between 120 and 175 drop-offs per day. This creates a huge number of possible routes a driver can take. Finding the most efficient route helps both UPS and the driver save time and money. The number of possible routes is incredibly large. Using combinatorial mathematics, the number of possibilities would have 199 digits. However, UPS is highly motivated to tackle this Big Data problem as reducing one mile per day per…
  • Best Practices for Cloud Business Intelligence: Proof of Concept

    Spotfire Blogging Team
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    In this latest installment on best practices for cloud business intelligence, we examine a critical requirement before committing to a long-term cloud analytic partnership: proof of concept (POCs). A good starting point for substantiating a proof of concept is by selecting an application that addresses a real business or operational need. For instance, leaders of a retail bank that place customer profitability as a top business goal may want to use a cloud analytics platform to help decision-makers identify customers and prospects who are most likely to generate profitable relationships for…
  • Should a CFO Lead your Analytics Effort?

    Brian Gentile
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:23 am
    Chief financial officers are the logical choice to own analytics and put it to work to serve the needs of their organizations. That’s the business world as it should be, according to Frank Friedman, CEO (and former CFO) of Deloitte LLP. So much has been written recently about the CMO’s newfound ascent as an agent of analytics, with transformational power to put customer and prospect data to work. Now, Friedman makes a valid argument for the CFO to be added to this roster. Friedman understands that analytics can be a powerful tool to help businesses answer questions about the future such…
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    PolicyMap

  • PolicyMap at ALA Midwinter, Booth# 5028

    Phil Vu
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:35 am
    Are you attending the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago, IL between January 30th and February 3rd? Come visit PolicyMap in isle 50, booth 5028! Learn how PolicyMap is a multi-discipline tool that professors from many subjects can utilize. Start a free trial for your entire university, simply by stopping by our booth. The post PolicyMap at ALA Midwinter, Booth# 5028 appeared first on PolicyMap.
  • Mapchats – a data and mapping webinar series

    Jonah Taylor
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:42 am
    At PolicyMap, we’ve long endeavored to contribute meaningfully to conversations on issues central to our mission and important to our users. From open data and mapping technology to education, food-related topics, the arts, and public health, we’re committed to building knowledge in our community. In the past, we’ve done this through data storytelling on our blog and conference participation – but starting this month, we’re launching a new community initiative. Introducing Mapchats: a  webinar series featuring experts on a variety of topics—from public…
  • Mapping Racial and Ethnic Diversity

    Lauren Parker
    9 Jan 2015 | 4:05 pm
    What makes a neighborhood? What makes a community? I’m sure we’d all have various answers – they aren’t easy questions. Maybe it’s your favorite coffee shop or the local market or the park where you walk your dog but I’m guessing that many of us would answer in some way, that people make the place. We wanted to explore how people are distributed across places, and not surprisingly, since we’re spatial thinkers over here, we analyzed some data and created a few maps. First, we decided to look into this idea of residential diversity. Following the similar methodology as the…
  • Minimum Wage: Living near the Edge (of a State)

    Bernie Langer
    9 Jan 2015 | 8:53 am
    When researchers and journalists want to study the effects of minimum wage laws on employment, often they look at state boundaries, where they can compare similar areas with similar economies, but different minimum wage laws. Classical economics says that when the minimum wage rises, total employment should fall; these studies look to see if this is occurs in reality. The classic study along these lines was done by David Card and Alan Krueger. In 1992, New Jersey increased its minimum wage from $4.25 to $5.05 an hour. Across the Delaware River, Pennsylvania kept its base wage at the federal…
  • Economic divide in Westchester public schools

    Phil Vu
    5 Jan 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Alexander Roberts, executive director of the fair housing group Community Innovations Inc., said he looked for years for a visual representation that showed how Westchester County exclusionary zoning affects all residents in Westchester County. He said he found one by creating a map of county school districts with the percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunches in each area. “If you look at it, it’s such a blatant example of the social engineering going on in Westchester County,” he said. “There is a history and a philosophy in this country that…
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    Revolutions

  • Parallel Programming with GPUs and R

    Joseph Rickert
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
    by Norman Matloff You've heard that graphics processing units — GPUs — can bring big increases in computational speed. While GPUs cannot speed up work in every application, the fact is that in many cases it can indeed provide very rapid computation. In this tutorial, we'll see how this is done, both in passive ways (you write only R), and in more direct ways, where you write C/C++ code and interface it to R. What Are GPUs? A GPU is basically just a graphics card. Any PC or laptop has one (or at least a GPU chipset), but the more expensive ones, favored by the gamers, are quite…
  • Microsoft acquires Revolution Analytics - news roundup

    David Smith
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:48 pm
    There was a lot of news coverage on Friday and over the weekend about the news that Microsoft will acquire Revolution Analytics. Here are some links to just a few of the articles published. Wired: Microsoft is "heavily embracing the R programming language"; "the move deepens Microsof's investments in open source". TechCrunch: Microsoft's acquisition is to "bolster its analytics services". GigaOm: R is "hugely popular amongst data scientists and research types"; "a big deal in the world predictive analytics and machine learning ... an…
  • xkcd on P-values

    David Smith
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:38 am
    From the "statistician humour" department, today's xkcd cartoon will ring a bell for anyone who's ever published (or read!) a scientific article including a P-value for a statistical test: If finding P-value excuses is a common activity for you (and let's hope not!) then R has you covered with the Significantly Improved Significance Test. This R code from Rasmus Bååth will automatically annotate your P-values between 0.05 and 0.12 with excuses like "suggestive of statistical significance", "weakly non-significant" or…
  • Because it's Friday: A straight edge, and a compass

    David Smith
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Ancient Greek philosophers once speculated that it was possible to draw any geometric shape using only a compass and a ruler. We now know that's not true, but you'd be surprised just how much you can achieve using these simple tools. If you have a couple of hours to spare (trust me, you'll get sucked in to this), you can demonstrate this for yourself by playing Euclid the Game. The early levels are pretty easy, but soon enough you'll be using multiple steps to draw the circumcircle around a triangle: The really cool thing about the game is that as you solve simpler…
  • Revolution Analytics joins Microsoft

    David Smith
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    by David Smith, Chief Community Officer On behalf of the entire Revolution Analytics team I am excited to announce that Revolution Analytics is joining forces with Microsoft to bring R to even more enterprises. Microsoft announced today that it will acquire Revolution Analytics. Now, Microsoft might seem like a strange bedfellow for an open-source company, but the company continues to make great strides in the open-source arena recently. Microsoft has embraced Linux as a fully-supported operating system on its Azure cloud service. (CEO Satya Nadella proclaimed “Microsoft loves Linux” in…
 
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    iTrend Blog

  • Snow storm = more Netflix? Last 24 hours of ‘Netflix’ mentions on Twitter

    Michael Alatortsev
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:03 am
    160k of recent twitter mentions on a map Note the hotspot in the North East, where the snow storm hit. Source: 160,000 recent tweets mentioning the word ‘Netflix’, processed and visualized with iTrend on top of Google Maps.  How we determine location: geo coordinates (when available), then profile description if geo is not available. For comparison, this is what last 7 days look like (different geo distribution in the US):
  • VentureBeat: Startups are digging the data to help marketers answer tough questions

    Michael Alatortsev
    6 Jan 2015 | 3:28 pm
    Microsoft Ventures: iTrend is a cloud-based competitive intelligence platform Zack Weisfeld, Microsoft Ventures, is addressing some of the toughest questions faced by marketers in VentureBeat today: How much extra reach is social media adding to your broadcast advertising spend? What creative approaches are clicking with customers and turning them into advocates for your brand? Where are your competitors winning on social media, and where are they vulnerable? What’s the real ROI on your social media spending? How does iTrend fit into this?  We identify actionable metrics in social media:…
  • Is Lyft Really Capitalizing on Uber’s PR Nightmare?

    Chandra Johnson-Greene
    4 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    San Francisco-based rideshare company Lyft announced last week that it was experiencing its best week ever in terms of number of rides. In fact, it increased its app usage time by 71 percent and its daily sessions by 67 percent, according to an article on TechCrunch.com. While Lyft is giving credit for its recent success to the fun and comfortable atmosphere that it seeks to provide its passengers, there is much speculation that its rival Uber’s recent controversies, including SVP Emil Michael’s much-maligned suggestion that the company dig into the backgrounds of any journalists…
  • #Election2014: The issues, the outcome and most importantly, the analytics

    A.M.D.
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:18 pm
    There were more than 3.3 million #Election2014 -related Tweets on Election Day, with 1m+ coming 9pm-midnight ET as races were called. — Twitter Government (@gov) November 5, 2014 On Election Day most people suspected that Republicans were headed for a good night, instead they had a great night. Marijuana legalization movement declares Election Day victory The 2014 election was a successful one for marijuana legalization.  The federal government still classifies pot as an illegal drug, but so far has largely allowed the states to experiment with legalization, which has brought in millions…
  • Election, media and technology

    A.M.D.
    1 Nov 2014 | 2:43 pm
    How we view and utilize technology effects everything we do, whether it’s choosing news outlets to pay attention to, or deciding on who to vote for in an election. When it comes to getting news about politics and government, liberals and conservatives inhabit different worlds. Whether discussing politics online or with friends, both groups are more likely than others to interact with like-minded individuals, according to a Pew Research Center study. The study was part of a year-long effort to shed light on political polarization in America to see how people get information about…
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    Analytics, Big Data, Social Media and Data Security

  • Twitter Big Data AnomalyDetection tool goes open source - ZDNet

    9 Jan 2015 | 6:23 pm
    Twitter AnomalyDetection tool goes open source | ZDNet Charlie Osborne Twitter has opened up suspicious activity tracker AnomalyDetection to developers.The social media giant said on Tuesday the tool, dubbed AnomalyDetection, is used by the firm’s team to detect unusual traffic events including traffic spikes and surges, as well as the presence of spam bots. In the world of Big Data, such spikes on a company’s networks can negatively impact service by flooding Internet lanes, causing denial-of-service problems and website crashes, as well as irritating users on an…
  • Data science: 'Machines do analytics. Humans do analysis' - Booz Allen / ZDNet

    7 Jan 2015 | 8:53 am
    Data science: 'Machines do analytics. Humans do analysis'  - ZDNet -  Booz Allen. Booz Allen has been pushing data science, developing tools and publishing field guides to advance analytics. Internally, Booz Allen also has a Pinterest for data science. The goal: Advance data science so it just happens in the background. However, it’s way early before data science and analytics simply happen. Josh Sullivan, who leads the data science and analytics practice at Booz Allen, likens analytics to where computing was in the 1950s.I caught up with Sullivan along with Angela…
  • Ford's big data experiments: Can it transform the company? ZDNet by Larry Dignan

    7 Jan 2015 | 8:39 am
    Ford's big data experiments: Can it transform the company? ZDNet by Larry DignanFord CEO Mark Fields’ keynote at CES 2015 shined the light on how the company is thinking beyond vehicles to being more of a transportation analytics outfit. In other words, Ford is a good example of how every company is becoming a tech company. The challenge for Ford will be absorbing data from cars and people in various mobile experiments and then discovering what can be used to build a business around. Fields talked vehicle quality, insurance costs, car sharing, transportation analysis and solving…
  • Big Data’s Next Evolution: Relevancy

    5 Jan 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Big Data’s Next Evolution: Relevancygravity.com · January 23, 2014How big is Gravity’s ontology?  How many nodes are in our ontology? How many edges do you have? Or the most common – how many terabytes of data do you have in your ontology? We live in a world where over a decade of attempted human curation of a semantic web has bared very little fruit; it is quite clear to everyone at this point that this is a job only machines can handle. But yet we are still asking the wrong questions and building the wrong datasets.The exponential growth of data being created on the…
  • Google got it wrong. The open-office trend is destroying the workplace.

    3 Jan 2015 | 11:40 pm
    Google got it wrong. The open-office trend is destroying the workplace.The Washington Post   The Washington Post  Workplaces need more walls, not fewer.By Lindsey Kaufman December 30, 2014 Follow @theOpinionStoreLindsey Kaufman works in advertising and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her personal essays have appeared in The Washington Post, Our Town Downtown and xoJane.Facebook, like many tech companies, uses the open-space office model. (Ryan Anson/AFP/Getty Images)A year ago, my boss announced that our large New York ad agency would be moving to an open office.
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    Data Science Notes

  • The simplest solution...

    26 Jan 2015 | 9:53 am
    Often people from different parts of the business come to me when they're in trouble.  This trouble generally stems from some program not working like they expected, or a revenue shortfall. A couple of things define these requests:They're looking for some "data magic"... essentially some large scale statistical model to figure out the problem, define a path to solution, implement some kind of decisioning, or at the very least, explain why they shouldn't be fired. By the time they come to me the situation is really bad.The second point here is interesting, because of a correlation…
  • Un-Scaling

    23 Jan 2015 | 2:24 pm
    The company I work for is trying to start a new online brand, one that's heavily dependent on analytics and data science work.  I see this as a huge and exciting opportunity, however one that needs scale.The biggest issue I run into is that online analytics do not "unscale" well: you almost have to go big or go home.We're starting small, not even throwing a full analyst at the problem, but also, we're not able to throw a ton of marketing resources in, meaning low traffic and low volume at this point.The low volume is a HUGE issue in analytics, especially in the online space.  Here's…
  • Space Shuttle Certainty

    21 Jan 2015 | 1:49 pm
    So.. I've thought about making this required reading for my team:http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/shuttle/missions/51-l/docs/rogers-commission/Appendix-F.txtThe link is to Richard Feynman's appendix to the Rogers Commission report on why the Challenger Space Shuttle failed.  Though not the best read on statistical uncertainty, the point is simple: an inaccurate accounting of statistical uncertainty led to 7 deaths and a major setback in the US space program.  I think people serious about creating mathematical models should read this, but the important part is this:There were a cloud of…
  • Data Vis for Algorithms: plotmo and fancyRpartPlot

    20 Jan 2015 | 10:55 am
    One thing data scientists often struggle with is quickly describing how their predictive models work.  When the model is directly business impacting, executives want to know things like what factors impact the prediction, how significant is each factor, and is there a point when the factor doesn't matter anymore.Because the models are complex, and model coefficient matrices and parameters aren't directly interpretable for decision makers, we need a high-level way to describe what factors matter, when they don't matter, and the "direction" of them mattering.  I've also found, that…
  • R in Production Diaries: Timeouts

    19 Jan 2015 | 8:13 am
    On Friday I received 150+ timeout notifications from our production Linux R box. The timeout is set at a monstrous 15 seconds, and so far we are only running 20% of all transactions through the box, so the timeouts are a material, yet sporadic issue.The situation is even more weird in that the timeouts around the process aren't occurring at the R box, but instead in an internal service layer executes well prior to calling R.  In essence, the underlying issue has nothing to do with R in production.  I knew the issue wasn't in the R box two months ago, but was only recently able to…
 
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