News & Blogs
February 12, 2013 – Books, certificates and graduate degrees in data science are spreading like mushrooms after the rain. Unfortunately, many are just a mirage: some old guys taking advantage of the new paradigm to quickly re-package some very old material (statistics, R programming) with the new label: data science.
February 8, 2013 – The current, accepted wisdom is that those who understand Big Data – the enormous datasets of information being collected with nearly every click of every computing device on the planet – will rule the roost in the future. Presumably, if you can predict behavior by measuring and monitoring people’s machines down to an almost atomic level, you can make both your customers and your shareholders much happier. (See Google.)
February 7, 2013 – Have you ever seen anything more hyped in the history of information management than big data? I haven't. Ok, artificial intelligence probably incited a similar media storm, but that was before my time.
February 4, 2013 – I wanted to share some recent work that we have been doing inside EMC Global Services, to create a “Big Data Storymap” that would help clients understand the big data journey in a pictorial format. The goal of a storymap is to provide a graphical visualization that uses metaphors and themes to educate our clients about the key components of a successful big data strategy. And like any good map, there are important “landmarks” that I want to make sure you visit.
February 4, 2013 – Ever since Facebook unveiled its Graph Search last month, pundits have opined that it’s everything from a “killer app” that will crush companies ranging from Google to Yelp to a powerful new ad targeting technology to nothing more than a glorified extension of the “like.” In reality, it is none of these things.
February 1, 2013 – Some web searches are easy to think of and describe, but complicated to conduct. If, for instance, you want to find “a nonstop flight from Las Vegas to San Diego next week on JetBlue,” you have to fill out a bevy of fields on a travel site. SkyPhrase, a startup created by Nick Cassimatis, an associate professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will soon offer software that lets companies turn natural language questions like the one above into a format that their databases can handle.
January 31, 2013 – How’s this for big data: A whole-slide image of a tumor section can be ten billion pixels. There can be thousands of such images in the tumor cohorts maintained by The Cancer Genome Atlas project, which are collected from a large pool of patients.
Data Science Central
January 29, 2013 – Here's the current list (as of January 26), according to Gil Press, a well know data science contributor for Forbes. The first three numbers (for each data scientist) represent reach, resonance and relevance respectively. The next three entries represent recent popular articles. Read the original, well formatted, regularly updated version on Gil's blog.
January 28, 2013 – We’re several years into the rise of NoSQL, and yet common misconceptions persist about the movement. As spotlighted by 451 Research, NoSQL job demand is booming, and ranks second only to HTML5 among Indeed.com’s hottest job trends. Yet some continue to think of NoSQL as a niche phenomenon that will fade away.
January 24, 2013 – The Hadoop open source programming framework for large-scale data analysis is already one of the highest-profile technologies in the "big data" market, but users can expect it to become even more prevalent over the next couple of years, according to Gartner. In fact, some 65% of "packaged analytic applications with advanced analytics" will have Hadoop embedded by 2015, according to a recent report by the analyst firm, which was announced Thursday.