Data Mining

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  • iQiyi to set up joint venture with Huace China

    Data mining News
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:14 pm
    … seeking opportunities that bridge its data mining capabilities with digital content providers …
  • What Countries Produce the Most Vehicles?

    The Numbers
    Rani Molla
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:08 am
    China leads the way as the world's largest producer of cars and commercial vehicles, making roughly double the number (22.1 million) that the U.S. produced in 2013 (11.1 million), according to data from auto industry analyst WardsAuto.
  • Think About The Future

    Kevin Hillstrom: MineThatData
    Kevin Hillstrom
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:15 pm
    Take a look at this, folks (if the image doesn't render in your email client or RSS reader, then click here).For the first time in history more people are shopping on mobile devices than on desktops » http://t.co/dvCwfx0kdf pic.twitter.com/vcLi11zA3x— Shopify (@Shopify) August 26, 2014This is one of those metrics that is likely close to accurate, and of virtually no meaning to any business. Visits do not equal transactions. And data skews wildly by demographic cohort.I have clients that generate 15% of their volume by sending a check in an envelope. For these folks, mobile is < 10% of…
  • Data Breaches Continue; Banks Hit

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    Direct Marketing News
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Systematic data breaches continue to proliferate. JP Morgan Chase and other banks were infiltrated by Russian hackers this month.
  • 7 Questions to Tackle for Data-Driven Decision-Making

    TIBCO Spotfire's Trends and Outliers
    Spotfire Blogging Team
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:55 am
    The effective use of data has emerged from its traditional home in IT to become the basis of competition. Moreover, evolving data analysis means that every part of an organization can now rely on data-driven decision-making to drive operations, according to an article by Ernst & Young. “Companies that invest in and successfully derive value from their data will have a distinct advantage over their competitors – a performance gap that will continue to grow as more relevant data is generated, emerging technologies and digital channels offer better acquisition and delivery mechanisms,…
 
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    The Numbers

  • What Countries Produce the Most Vehicles?

    Rani Molla
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:08 am
    China leads the way as the world's largest producer of cars and commercial vehicles, making roughly double the number (22.1 million) that the U.S. produced in 2013 (11.1 million), according to data from auto industry analyst WardsAuto.
  • Who Will Pay the Most for Your Old iPhone?

    Rani Molla
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:11 am
    It's apple season—that time of year when Apple releases new details on its products, usually including a new iPhone. Where can you get the most value for your old iPhone?
  • Statshot: Arrest Deaths, Food Trucks and Grizzly Bears

    David Goldenberg
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:36 pm
    People who were killed by while being arrested were more likely to be male and black. Cities with high rents and ethnically diverse populations are also home to more food trucks. Scientists are studying how grizzlies cope with extreme weight fluctuation in a search for answers to the rising diabetes epidemic among humans.
  • Map: Where Is ‘Open Carry’ Legal?

    Rani Molla
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Open carry of a handgun is legal in most states without a special permit. Here's a map of where open carry of a handgun is legal.
  • Greece Leads the World in Overweight and Obese Kids

    Rani Molla
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Here's a look at child overweight and obesity rates around the world—and why they don't always match up.
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    Kevin Hillstrom: MineThatData

  • Think About The Future

    Kevin Hillstrom
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:15 pm
    Take a look at this, folks (if the image doesn't render in your email client or RSS reader, then click here).For the first time in history more people are shopping on mobile devices than on desktops » http://t.co/dvCwfx0kdf pic.twitter.com/vcLi11zA3x— Shopify (@Shopify) August 26, 2014This is one of those metrics that is likely close to accurate, and of virtually no meaning to any business. Visits do not equal transactions. And data skews wildly by demographic cohort.I have clients that generate 15% of their volume by sending a check in an envelope. For these folks, mobile is < 10% of…
  • Nordstrom Omnichannel Expenditures And What It Means For Your Business

    Kevin Hillstrom
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:15 pm
    One of our loyal readers forwarded this gem about Nordstrom (click here to read it).It's unlikely that Nordstrom signed its own death certificate because it is going to spend billions improving online infrastructure, especially as it relates to Nordstrom Rack. These article headlines are written to get folks to click on the article (worked on me), which makes money for the website hosting the article.For those playing along at home, Nordstrom has spent the past decade growing primarily through two channels.Online.Nordstrom Rack.In fact, Nordstrom Rack stores easily outnumber full-line…
  • Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Merchandise Forensics

    Kevin Hillstrom
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:15 pm
    Think about how differently retailers, e-commerce folks, and catalogers are asked to view their business from Google, Facebook, and Twitter.The retail brand is told that they must be "omnichannel", or they are "dead". Sounds fun. They're told that they must invest in back-end solutions that improve the supply chain and communicate to the customer that a dress is not available at Southcenter, but can be shipped from Northgate and be at the shopper's home in forty-eight hours. The focus is on channels and operations. Google, Facebook, and Twitter have two audiences.Audience #1 = You. You are…
  • Is My Store Losing New Customers?

    Kevin Hillstrom
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:15 pm
    This is one of the biggest challenges retailers face in 2014 - few people want to talk about it.When retailer e-commerce websites became competent enough to deliver the goods, and when Amazon became large enough to have a minor impact on retail sales, new customer counts changed.Here's what I frequently observe:You can see the big bump in retail in 2008, it happened to most folks. But then business kind of returned to a "new normal", if you will.But look at what happened in 2012. New retail customers stumbled.And in 2013, new retail customers fell.And in 2014, new retail customers…
  • Is My Store Losing Sales To My Website?

    Kevin Hillstrom
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:15 pm
    This one is fairly easy to answer.Here's what you do. Run a comp-segment analysis on retail-only customers from last year. In other words, identify customers who, from 8/26/2012 to 8/25/2013 purchased exactly two times from retail and exactly zero times via e-commerce. Then measure how much these customers spent in e-commerce and in stores between 8/26/2013 and 8/25/2014.Then slide your dates back one year, and repeat.Then slide your dates back yet another year, and repeat.One more time!Take a look at this table.What do you observe? Remember, these customers only purchased from retail…
 
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    TIBCO Spotfire's Trends and Outliers

  • 7 Questions to Tackle for Data-Driven Decision-Making

    Spotfire Blogging Team
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:55 am
    The effective use of data has emerged from its traditional home in IT to become the basis of competition. Moreover, evolving data analysis means that every part of an organization can now rely on data-driven decision-making to drive operations, according to an article by Ernst & Young. “Companies that invest in and successfully derive value from their data will have a distinct advantage over their competitors – a performance gap that will continue to grow as more relevant data is generated, emerging technologies and digital channels offer better acquisition and delivery mechanisms,…
  • Data Discovery to Boost Confidence

    Spotfire Blog Editor
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:55 am
    One of the key challenges faced by IT is satisfying the large volume of requests for IT and business projects, including BI (business intelligence) and report requests that can be difficult to fulfill when data is siloed across the organization. It’s time-consuming and inefficient for IT to address these requests as well as gather and qualify the data to create the reports. Then, by the time the business units receive and explore the reports, the data is no longer fresh. One of the ways data analysts can better demonstrate their value to the business is by spending less time compiling BI…
  • How CFS Consulting Group is Providing Financial Services Clients with Deeper Insights

    Spotfire Blogging Team
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:55 am
    As savvy financial services professionals know, many industry players have multiple product and business lines that are constantly changing due to shifting customer and market demands. One TIBCO Spotfire client, CFS Consulting Group, is well aware of these challenges. CFS Consulting is predominantly focused on providing its clients with custom software development and business intelligence (BI) solutions. And, as a consultancy firm, CFS Consulting assists financial services companies as well as organizations in other industries with technology decisions and implementations. CFS Consulting’s…
  • Avoiding Costly Recalls and Brand Destruction: Implementing a Warranty Early Warning System

    Spotfire Blogging Team
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:55 am
    One of the greatest fears for manufacturing executives is the threat of a product glitch. Depending on the size and scope of a problem and the number of products or consumers affected, product recalls can mean billions of dollars in recall costs for manufacturers, not to mention legal and medical expenses (when applicable), government fines as well as millions of dollars in lost sales due to damage to brand reputation. Fortunately, manufacturers can protect themselves by detecting the first signs that problems may be on the horizon before they inflict damage on their businesses. Once they…
  • Visualizing Fantasy Football Success with Analytics

    Spotfire Blogging Team
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:55 am
    With a hint of autumn in the air across the US and NFL training camps in full swing, Fantasy Football “owners” are scouring data looking for an edge in draft preparation. Simply, effective Fantasy Football draft strategy demands laser-like focus on statistics produced by individual players. High value stats include touchdowns scored at all positions, receiving yards and receptions generated by tight ends and wide receivers, rushing yards and receptions for running backs, and passing/rushing yards for quarterbacks. Determining the optimal players to select in a Fantasy Football draft…
 
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    PolicyMap

  • If You’re a Student Reading This Post, You Should Be a PolicyMap Intern

    Bernie Langer
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:57 pm
    PolicyMap is looking for interns. People who like data, like maps, and aren’t afraid of a little bit of coding. Maybe know a little SQL, maybe worked a bit with Access, maybe excel at Excel. Ever look at a map, and then realize you’ve lost the last half hour of your life? Then consider being a PolicyMap intern. As soon as they arrive, our interns are part of the data team, discussing new indicators, offering input, processing data, and writing blog posts. They’re given guidance, but also independence to complete projects that interest them, and when they’re done, the data goes online.
  • FY 2014 HUD Low and Moderate Income Summary Data on PolicyMap!

    Kristin Crandall
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Since many of our users come to PolicyMap for eligibility data, we always strive to keep our Federal Guidelines tab as up-to-date as humanly possible. With the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) recent release of the FY2014 Low and Moderate Income Summary Data (LMISD), the underlying data used to determine Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) eligibility, we worked hard to make this update available on PolicyMap as soon as possible. We are pleased to announce that you can now find LMISD block group estimates of the number and percent of persons at three income levels:…
  • New point-level Community College and 4-Year University Data

    Adam Kurstin
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:42 am
    “In the coming years, jobs requiring at least an associate degree are projected to grow twice as fast as jobs requiring no college experience. We will not fill those jobs – or keep those jobs on our shores – without the training offered by community colleges.” – President Barack Obama During Barack Obama’s tenure as President, he has continually stressed the need for strengthening our nation’s community college system, pledging to boost federal funding by $12 billion over a 10 year period. As America enters an increasingly competitive global economy, our higher education…
  • Celebrating Farmers’ Market Data -and much more- from USDA

    Morgan Robinson
    8 Aug 2014 | 10:48 am
    Just in time for 2014 National Farmers’ Market Week, August 3 – 9, we have updated data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers’ Market Directory on PolicyMap. The Directory is a project of the Agricultural Marketing Service, an agency that runs programs to increase awareness of agricultural products at home and abroad. Last Friday, August 1st, PolicyMap continued its participation in NYU GovLab’s Open Data 500 series of roundtables by visiting the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C, home to its very own farmers’ market: While the…
  • It Turns Out, Everyone Loves Education Data

    Bernie Langer
    8 Aug 2014 | 6:07 am
    I spent last week at the National Center for Education Statistics STATS-DC Data Conference in Washington. Unlike Comic-Con, at this conference, heroes came costumed as agency administrations and data researchers. A large majority of the attendees were school administrators faced with the herculean task of collecting all sorts of mandated data from their districts. The rest of us were data users saying, “We want more data! More data please!” The conference opened with a keynote speech by Catherine Lhamon, the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education. She…
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    Revolutions

  • R User Group Roundup

    Joseph Rickert
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    by Joseph Rickert In the first half of 2014, worldwide R user group activity continued to increase, showing impressive growth over the same periods for the past couple of years.  For the last four months, the pace has been over 50 meetings per month.              n  There are now 147 user groups listed in Revolution Analytics' Local R User Group Directory. My take on this is that R is still exciting, and people find it worth some of their free time to seek out other R users to learn, to teach and to just talk. What follows is a small collage of some to the things that R users…
  • DataScienceLA interviews David Smith

    David Smith
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:40 am
    While I was in LA for the useR! 2014 conference last month, I had the great pleasure of being among the participants in the DataScienceLA interview series hosted by Eduardo Ariño de la Rubia. Eduardo is both an R user and an excellent interviewer: his preparation and knowledge of R has resuled in a fascinating interview series for any R user.  Eduardo has a detailed summary of our interview on the DataScienceLA blog, and I've also embedded it to watch below.  Be sure to check out Eduardo's other interviews with Tal Galili (creator of R-bloggers.com), Hadley Wickham (chief…
  • Statistics: Losing Ground to CS, Losing Image Among Students

    Joseph Rickert
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:33 am
    by Norman Matloff The American Statistical Association (ASA) leadership, and many in Statistics academia. have been undergoing a period of angst the last few years, They worry that the field of Statistics is headed for a future of reduced national influence and importance, with the feeling that: The field is to a large extent being usurped by other disciplines, notably Computer Science (CS). Efforts to make the field attractive to students have largely been unsuccessful. I had been aware of these issues for quite a while, and thus was pleasantly surprised last year to see then-ASA…
  • Woken up by an earthquake

    David Smith
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    I was visiting Napa Valley over the weekend, and at around 3:30AM on Sunday morning I awoke suddenly to what felt like some giant at the end of the bed shaking it as hard as he could. It was an earthquake. One of the scariest things about an earthquake is that when it happens, you have no idea how serious it is — you only know what it feels like where you are. So of course I turned to Twitter (thank you Twitter!) and the USGS was on the case — it was a 6.1 (later revised to 6.0), with an epicenter about 25 miles away. It was actually a a relief to find out that the epicenter was so close:…
  • Because it's Friday: A 3-minute movie in 4095 bytes

    David Smith
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    This entire movie — images, music, everything — is generated from a Windows PC executable of just 4,095 bytes. That's not a typo: we're not talking bytes not megabytes or gigabytes here. Less than 4kb total creates this entire scene. For comparison, a medium-quality video file of this exact same scene in AVI format comes in at over 64Mb: that's space you could use to store 16477 copies of the original executable. So how was it done? The entire scene is procedurally generated on-the-fly. The terrain, the textures, and even the camera moves are generated using algorithms,…
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