News & Blogs
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.
All Things D
January 30, 2013 – In a series of articles last year, executives from the ad-data firms BlueKai, eXelate and Rocket Fuel debated whether the future of online advertising lies with “More Data” or “Better Algorithms.” Omar Tawakol of BlueKai argues that more data wins because you can drive more effective marketing by layering additional data onto an audience.
January 30, 2013 – Some argue that the term “Flexible Appliance” is an oxymoron, often with good reason. Among analytics users, the emergence of preconfigured analytics appliances has been a mixed blessing. While they're simpler to deploy than build-it-yourself MPP clusters, many appliances force users to trade-off flexibility against simplicity.
January 28, 2013 – Hello to my high-tech contacts, Twitter followers and colleagues in the Big Data world. For 18 months, I’ve avoided the blogosphere. But alas, one of my new years resolutions that I intend to keep will change that: I'll be blogging here about Greenplum products, and our customers' uses of Big Data analytics in their businesses and agencies.
Wall Street Journal
January 28, 2013 – From the fight against polio to fixing education, what's missing is often good measurement and a commitment to follow the data. We can do better. We have the tools at hand. We can learn a lot about improving the 21st-century world from an icon of the industrial era: the steam engine.
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 25, 2013 – Investigative journalism non-profit ProPublica is collaborating with Narrative Science to produce 52,000 machine-generated articles detailing the quality of public schools around the country.
January 25, 2013 – At the intersection of medicine and computer science, researchers look for clinically useful correlations amid mountains of information. With the recent launch of MIT’s Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, MIT News examines research with the potential to reshape medicine and health care through new scientific knowledge, novel treatments and products, better management of medical data, and improvements in health-care delivery.
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.