Tag Archives: Big Data

The intersection of Big Data and loyalty

It would be hard to overstate the level of attention being given to Big Data over the last several years. Is it really what The Economist calls a “data deluge,” and is Popular Science accurate when they say, “Data is Power”? It would be completely understandable to be cynical of the hype driven by analysts, journalists, and a myriad […]

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Curing cancer with data visualization

The following is a guest blog by Jesse Paquette. Everyone thought that The Netherlands Cancer Institute’s 12 year old dataset on breast cancer was old news. That was until a researcher with Merck & Co, Pek Lum, analyzed and visualized the dataset with the use of topological data analysis (TDA) and advanced machine learning technology. Her analysis […]

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Can data visualization happen on a smartphone?

Not only is the answer “yes,” the need to visualize data on mobile devices is increasing very rapidly. I’m not talking about iPads and other larger-than-smartphone screens, I mean visualizing on the iPhone and its equivalents…a very small screen with very little space for numbers. Simple data visualization This is where visualization takes on new […]

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Simplifying big data with great visualization

Data visualization has an amazing ability to make the complex simple, and the latest tools can do much more than give everyone the same view of data. It’s only through visualization that we can take something as abstract as symbols and turn it into a physical image that has dimensions that our eyes can quickly […]

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When everyone sees the same data the same way – Visualization Week on SuccessfulWorkplace

This week will be dedicated to how visualization is used as a way to form an image of data that would be otherwise lost in the numbers. Visualization is an extremely powerful tool for data scientists and business users and the marketplace has been very kind to the products that make visualization possible. It was […]

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Gartner updates its view on Big Data’s hype

Just a couple of months ago, Wired featured a piece where I asked, “Is Big Data in the trough of disillusionment?” It was a very fair question…there has been so much positive said about Big Data that it would be hard (or impossible) to maintain the expectations being set. To get Gartner’s July 31st update’s […]

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A better way to tackle all that data

The single biggest challenge any organization faces in a world awash in data is the time it takes to make a decision. We can amass all of the data in the world, but if it doesn’t help to save a life, allocate resources better, fund the organization, or avoid a crisis, what good is it? […]

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Can Big Data make me pretty, rich or funny?

Big data is a polarizing topic whenever it comes up in discussions — which is often. Like any hot trend, the combination of excitement, ignorance, and opportunism creates noise that leads to a healthy amount of skepticism, cynicism, and a few other isms as well. Cutting through the clutter Cutting through the clutter is challenging. The legions […]

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Big data, crowdsourcing and machine learning tackle Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s is a very tough disease to fight. People suffering from the disease often have significant tremors that keep them from being able to create accurate records of their daily challenges. Without this information, doctors are unable to fine tune drug dosages and other treatment regimens that can significantly improve the lives of sufferers. It […]

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A guy just can’t commit a crime nowadays

It’s getting harder and harder to get away with things, even in the biggest crowds…and especially in the biggest crowds. The London riots last year were captured in incredible detail by not just London’s ubiquitous street cameras, but by thousands of people in the streets, both good and bad, on smartphones. You’d think that people […]

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Is it time to stop chasing yellow elephants?

Everyone loves a trend. Trends break us out of the ordinary and expected. They give us a chance to be on the front edge of something that everyone’s talking about. It’s like sitting at the cool kids’ table back in school…it’s simply the place to be. The Big Data trend is no different. It has […]

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Going one step further on Big Data and civil rights.

The following is a guest post by Alistair Croll. Recently, I wrote a post about big data and civil rights, which seems to have hit a nerve. It was posted on Solve for Interesting and on Radar, and then folks like Boing Boing picked it up. I haven’t had this kind of response to a post before (well, I’ve had […]

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And we’re worried about NSA tracking our cell phones?

While the world focuses on the NSA’s Prism program, there are many other ways that data is being gathered and used that have little to do with phone calls. In cities across the U.S. and in many other countries, every time a car passes  cameras along the roadway, license plates are recorded and checked against […]

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Big data is our generation’s civil rights issue, and we don’t know it

The following is a guest post by Alistair Croll.  Data doesn’t invade people’s lives. Lack of control over how it’s used does. What’s really driving so-called big data isn’t the volume of information. It turns out big data doesn’t have to be all that big. Rather, it’s about a reconsideration of the fundamental economics of analyzing […]

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Our three enormous problems that Big Data solves

I’ll try not to bore you with the description of Big Data’s volume, velocity and variety. You can find that just about anywhere (and just about everywhere). By now, we get it. But what’s less commonly talked about is why Big Data is such a problem beyond size and computing power. The reasons behind the […]

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The dawn of Bring Your Own Anything

We are on the verge of the next wave of “Bring Your Own” and it is going to be great for those who embrace it. I call it Bring Your Own Anything (BYOA, of course). It is led by the ongoing data revolution and doesn’t matter if that data is big or small. It is […]

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