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Wikipedia is now drawing facts from the Wikidata repository, and so can you

Wikipedia is now drawing facts from the Wikidata repository, and so can you | Data Nerd's Corner | Scoop.it
The Wikimedia Foundation’s first major new project in 7 years is now feeding the biggest project in that stable, Wikipedia itself. But anyone can take structured data from Wikidata, due to its open license.
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And that, in conjunction with advances in natural language processing and machine learning, will ultimately help us converse with machines. These are the building blocks of artificial intelligence and the future of search, and Wikidata’s very permissive license should act as an open invitation to anyone dabbling in this space

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PRESENTING: The 100 Most Influential Tech Women On Twitter

PRESENTING: The 100 Most Influential Tech Women On Twitter | Data Nerd's Corner | Scoop.it
Here are the top 100 influential women that you should be following on Twitter.
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25. Carla Gentry

Twitter

Occupation: Data Scientist at Analytical Solution

Handle: @data_nerd

Why: Follow Gentry for insights on data and digital marketing.

Tech PI: 83

PI: 67



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Salesforce.com plans a new research division, based on RelateIQ acquisition

Salesforce.com plans a new research division, based on RelateIQ acquisition | Data Nerd's Corner | Scoop.it
Today, Salesforce.com announced it was acquiring "relationship-intelligence" company RelateIQ. Soon, Salesforce will use the acquisition to create a new research-and-development division, likely ca...
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And on the data front, Salesforce has acknowledged shortcomings. Pointing the RelateIQ team at the task of making the most of existing data from email, phone calls, and other sources should bring Salesforce up to snuff and possibly give it a lead over competitors like Oracle and Microsoft.

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IBM forks out $100m for China’s next generation of data scientists | ZDNet

IBM forks out $100m for China’s next generation of data scientists | ZDNet | Data Nerd's Corner | Scoop.it
IBM is giving away US$100 million worth of big data and analytics software to at least 100 universities throughout China, in a bid to help give birth to a new generation of data scientists in the country.
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Over the past few months, Beijing has reportedly pulled Microsoft's Windows 8 from all new government agency computers, and called for private industry to replace US-made IT hardware and software with domestic alternatives. Reports last month suggested that the government was even urging the country's banks to remove high-end IBM servers from their operations.

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Will The Real Big Data Players Please Stand Up?

Will The Real Big Data Players Please Stand Up? | Data Nerd's Corner | Scoop.it
Which companies serve as the target audience for Big Data? Why are these businesses in particular benefiting from Big Data analytics? There have been recent articles floating around mentioning that Big Data is really just “small potatoes,” or that companies…
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Many well-known companies in the financial sector are also benefiting big from Big Data. Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Discover and MasterCard have started implementing Big Data to better understand customer relationships and improve business growth.

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City officials turn to data scientists for insights on late night T service - Boston Business Journal

City officials turn to data scientists for insights on late night T service - Boston Business Journal | Data Nerd's Corner | Scoop.it
City officials are turning to data scientists for insights on exactly how late-night T service is impacting the city from all angles: economic, social and civic.
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As part of the data challenge, the MBTA has offered up "open data" to the participants, including real-time T ridership data and other city and transportation data.

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33 most noted Data Scientists on Twitter « Big Data Made Simple

33 most noted Data Scientists on Twitter « Big Data Made Simple | Data Nerd's Corner | Scoop.it
Do you follow these 33 most notable Data Scientists on Twitter? 1. Hilary Mason @hmason Data Scientist in Residence at @accel. I ♥ data and cheeseburgers. 2. John Myles White @johnmyleswhite Scientist at Facebook and Julia developer. Author of Machine Learning for Hackers and Bandit Algorithms for Website Optimization. Tweets
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Do you follow these 33 most notable Data Scientists on Twitter?

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Revitalizing Retail with Big Data Analytics

Revitalizing Retail with Big Data Analytics | Data Nerd's Corner | Scoop.it
Retail has been a subject dear to my heart since I started my career. Partly due to my early involvement with this industry as a consultant, I like the challenges and opportunities it brings when it comes to data and ...
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As an example, today’s retail enterprises have increasingly found success by utilizing big data in their marketing. They are using this data to build customer-specific profiles, help target products to customers, select the most efficient shipping method for products, and showcase applicable products and services by targeting customer interest. This creates huge value for the business as well as customers and today’s smart executives recognize this.

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Simple Language Isn't for Bird Brains

Simple Language Isn't for Bird Brains | Data Nerd's Corner | Scoop.it
Social media is essentially a game of telephone, so it is critical to make sure the last player receives as intact a message as possible, no matter who is in the chain.
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Google runs on layman's terms -- all search does. And because search engines don't use thesauri and are painfully explicit, it's important to broaden your choice of words (search keywords). For example, a television is also popularly called a TV, a flatscreen, a plasma, a big screen, an HDTV -- even a boob tube and idiot box. If you don't include them all in your online copy -- if you don't know the potential lingua fanca of everyone, you really had better cover your bases.

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This Social Network Changed How News Works. But Then It Made Some News Of Its Own.

This Social Network Changed How News Works. But Then It Made Some News Of Its Own. | Data Nerd's Corner | Scoop.it
The first mainstream story about the now-notorious Facebook "psychology experiment" study was cautious, even sober. "Even online, emotions can be contagious," N
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Enough publishers—basically all?—are trying to pull off this new aggregation balancing act, between reporting and aggregation and uncanny social media colloquialism, that intentionally and even correctly assembling a story to feel Facebook "native" doesn't necessarily work—there's stiff competition, and the best, biggest internet sensations are still accidents (burn down the whole damn thing the day this ceases to be true). The difference now is that you don't have to repackage things for the dumb search machines, you repackage them for the strange shapeshifting link bazaar where most people share stuff online, with its house tone and rules and mechanisms and limits.

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Google aiming to collect healthcare data in the future and save 100,000 lives: But what about your privacy?

Google aiming to collect healthcare data in the future and save 100,000 lives: But what about your privacy? | Data Nerd's Corner | Scoop.it
Google wants to collect your healthcare data to save 100,000 lives and more each year, but are you willing to give up your privacy to make this a distinct possibility?
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Privacy is the main concern here, and it is not certain how many people are willing to give that up in favor of saving 100,000 lives per year.

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Solving the Mystery of Hadoop Reliability

Solving the Mystery of Hadoop Reliability | Data Nerd's Corner | Scoop.it
Anyone who uses Hadoop on a regular basis knows that reliability of complex jobs is a mystery. The odds of a Hadoop job running according to plan every time are not 90 percent, or even 80 percent at most shops. Some Hadoop teams have turned this resignation into a sense of pride at their skill in managing the weaknesses of Hadoop. The question that interests me is: Why is this okay?
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Anyone who uses Hadoop on a regular basis knows that reliability of complex jobs is a mystery. The odds of a Hadoop job running according to plan every time are not 90 percent, or even 80 percent at most shops. Some Hadoop teams have turned this resignation into a sense of pride at their skill in managing the weaknesses of Hadoop. The question that interests me is: Why is this okay?

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Facebook is learning the hard way that with great data comes great responsibility

Facebook is learning the hard way that with great data comes great responsibility | Data Nerd's Corner | Scoop.it
Facebook released the results of a study where its data scientists skewed the positive or negative emotional content that appeared in the news feeds of nearly 700,000 users over the course of a week in order to study their reaction. The study found evidence of "emotional contagion," in other words, that the emotional content of posts bled...
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In particular, the suggestion that Facebook “manipulated users’ emotions” is quite misleading. Framing it that way tacitly implies that Facebook must have done something specifically designed to induce a different emotional experience in its users. In reality, for users assigned to the experimental condition, Facebook simply removed a variable proportion of status messages that were automatically detected as containing positive or negative emotional words.

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Let me repeat that: Facebook removed emotional messages for some users. It did not, as many people seem to be assuming, add content specifically intended to induce specific emotions. Now, given that a large amount of content on Facebook is already highly emotional in nature–think about all the people sharing their news of births, deaths, break-ups, etc.–it seems very hard to argue that Facebook would have been introducing new risks to its users even if it had presented some of them with more emotional content. But it’s certainly not credible to suggest that replacing 10% – 90% of emotional content with neutral content constitutes a potentially dangerous manipulation of people’s subjective experience.

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How Many Data Scientists are out there? | SYS-CON MEDIA

How Many Data Scientists are out there? | SYS-CON MEDIA | Data Nerd's Corner | Scoop.it
SYS-CON Media, NJ, The world's leading i-technology media company on breaking technology news.
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A quick examination of the top 10 ranked Kagglers shows that only one has a title of “Data Scientist”. Top 10 include neuroscience researchers, PhD mathematicians and physicists, and while they are clearly talented competitors on Kaggle, their actual job may not involve data science.

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Winners of FICO's Global 'Optimize the Real World' Contest Use Analytics to Help Make Auto Parts, Refill ATMs, Bake Desserts

Winners of FICO's Global 'Optimize the Real World' Contest Use Analytics to Help Make Auto Parts, Refill ATMs, Bake Desserts | Data Nerd's Corner | Scoop.it

"This was a large, complicatedproblem and there was no tool designed specifically to solve it," said Van Anholt. "We quickly realized wewould needto develop our own approach, which led us to create a solution that combines analytics, heuristics and optimization. It was an exciting project and we are grateful to FICO for recognizing the uniqueness of our work."SAN JOSE, Calif., July 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --??Use data science to make things better. That was the name of the game in the international "Optimize the Real World" competition hosted by FICO (NYSE:FICO), a leading

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"This was a large, complicated problem and there was no tool designed specifically to solve it," said Van Anholt. "We quickly realized wewould needto develop our own approach, which led us to create a solution that combines analytics, heuristics and optimization. It was an exciting project and we are grateful to FICO for recognizing the uniqueness of our work."

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MediaPost Publications Making Noise When Twitter Goes 'Silent' 07/08/2014

MediaPost Publications Making Noise When Twitter Goes 'Silent' 07/08/2014 | Data Nerd's Corner | Scoop.it
Making Noise When Twitter Goes 'Silent' - 07/08/2014
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“In the instance of this Twitter silence, it’s human nature to pause in a tense moment, and we could also predict that penalties are going to happen in the knockout phase. So brands can prepare to a certain extent, while leaving the window open for last minute tweaks to accommodate the trends that emerge in the social market,” said Jeanette Gibson, VP of customer experience and community at Hootsuite, the social media management company.

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Sears Became a Real-Time Digital Enterprise Due to Big Data

Sears Became a Real-Time Digital Enterprise Due to Big Data | Data Nerd's Corner | Scoop.it
Sears started using Big Data because of declined sales & within a few years turned the company into into a real-time digital enterprise thanks to Big Data.
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Sears was founded in 1893 and started as a shipping and mail order company. In 2005 it was acquired by Kmart, but continued to be operating under its own brand. In 2013 they had 798 stores and had revenue of over $ 21 billion. They are the fourth largest department store in the US and they offer millions of products across their stores. They have data of over 100 million customers, which they analyse to offer real-time, relevant offers to their customers. They are deep into Big Data and combine massive amounts of data to become a real-time digital enterprise.

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Leaving Data on the Table: New Survey Shows Variety, Not Volume, is... -- WALTHAM, Mass., July 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

WALTHAM, Mass., July 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Leaving Data on the Table: New Survey Shows Variety, Not Volume, is the Bigger Challenge of Analyzing Big Data. Paradigm4 Survey also Shows Half of Data Scientists Fed Up with Traditional Databases.
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Despite the hype around the Hadoop software platform, fewer than half (48 percent) have used Hadoop or SPARK — and of those, 76 percent said it was too slow, took too much effort to program or had other limitations
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The legal and ethical issues behind Facebook's massive psychological experiment

"Even when Facebook manipulates our News Feeds to sell us things, it is supposed—legally and ethically—to meet certain minimal standards," notes University of Maryland Law Prof. James Grimmelmann.
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Following the release of the study, which has since gone viral online, the researchers have been criticized for their apparently unscrupulous use of unsuspecting Facebook users. Critics have questioned the ethics of the study and the legality of Facebook’s actions in including over half a million participants without their consent.

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Data Expert Explains What Makes the Best Data Analysts

Data Expert Explains What Makes the Best Data Analysts | Data Nerd's Corner | Scoop.it
Big data author Kaiser Fung says that more data can lead to less certainty without the development among analysts of an instinct he calls "numbersense."
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College and university programs that are now pumping out data professionals in record numbers may not be helping either, Fung said, because these programs focus on teaching statistical techniques, such as computing standard deviations, rather than training students how to spot and address the right problems. - See more at: http://data-informed.com/data-expert-explains-separates-good-data-analysts-rest/#sthash.2zwSkg8h.dpuf

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Reading Rainbow 'crushed' record for most Kickstarter backers

Reading Rainbow 'crushed' record for most Kickstarter backers | Data Nerd's Corner | Scoop.it
The Kickstarter campaign to bring back "Reading Rainbow" was a massive success from the very beginning, raising $1 million in only 11...
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The "Reading Rainbow" project rode a wave of nostalgia for the children's TV show — which lasted from 1983 to 2006 — to attract the multitude of donors. (Yes, even host LeVar Burton could not get the theme song out of his head). 

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One Content Metric to Rule Them All

One Content Metric to Rule Them All | Data Nerd's Corner | Scoop.it
Let's face it: We're all pressed for time, and measuring, analyzing, and reporting the success of content marketing is time-consuming work. Here's how you can distill the performance of your content into a single metric: one metric to rule them all.
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We need a solution. We need something that's easy to track at a glance, but doesn't lose the forest for the trees. We need a way to quickly sift through the noise and figure out which pieces of content were really successful, and which didn't go over nearly as well. We need something that looks more like this:

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[Infographic]: The Future Of Online Backup - Tools Journal

[Infographic]: The Future Of Online Backup - Tools Journal | Data Nerd's Corner | Scoop.it
[Infographic]: The Future Of Online Backup
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With technological advancements, various devices and concepts like smartphones, tablets and recently Internet Of Things; huge data growth is being witnessed (photos, music, docs…). Obviously there a growth in data risk as well. To overcome this regular backup needs to be taken. Now online backup is available with its own set of merits and demerits.

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Fiona MacDonald's curator insight, July 1, 9:24 AM

Do you trust the cloud backup provider? You need to if you are using them. Trust them to keep the data you backup secure and trust them that recovery will be fast, easy and reliable.

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Data mining to drive new on-demand bus service

Data mining to drive new on-demand bus service | Data Nerd's Corner | Scoop.it
A pop-up bus service with routes plotted by data mining and passenger habits is planning to revolutionise public transport in major cities around the world, including Sydney and Melbourne.
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His staff include a data science team from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a chief scientist who was a former key executive at the Boston area’s Massachusetts Bay Transport Authority.

The start-up also has investment from the founders of Zipcar, a car-sharing service that sold last year to Avis for $500 million.

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Society's demand for 'big data' creating shortage of skilled workers

Society's demand for 'big data' creating shortage of skilled workers | Data Nerd's Corner | Scoop.it
By Guest Columnist JENNIFER PRIESTLEY, professor of applied statistics and data science, and director of the Center for Statistics and Analytical Services, at Kennesaw State University

Big Data ...
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A salary study recently completed by executive recruiter Linda Burtch found that data scientists now command higher salaries than doctors or lawyers. Early career data scientists’ median starting salary was $140,000, with more senior data scientists earning a median salary of more than $230,000. By contrast, the average annual income for a lawyer in the United States was $131,990 in 2013, while doctors earned on average $183,940. - See more at: http://saportareport.com/blog/2014/06/societys-demand-for-big-data-creating-shortage-of-skilled-workers/#sthash.o1msQ5Hg.dpuf

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SpoonRocket Recruits Data Scientist for Business Expansion

SpoonRocket Recruits Data Scientist for Business Expansion | Data Nerd's Corner | Scoop.it
A startup, SpoonRocket, which is engaged in the business of delivering food to residences in select cities, has recently recruited Arif Ali, a data scientist. Mr. Ali's work will assist the expansion of the company to other metropolises on the US west coast...
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SpoonRocket is not the only startup which has hired data scientists in recent times. Many other startups have followed the same path, prominent among which are Yplan and Lyft. Social media companies and startups hire data scientists with differing aims in mind. At an empirical level, the intent is to discover product trends and make changes which can help in producing better outcomes.

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The Best Infographics of 2014 (So Far)

The Best Infographics of 2014 (So Far) | Data Nerd's Corner | Scoop.it
Here are 11 brands that totally nailed their infographics in the first half of 2014.
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The best infographics are clear, easy-to-follow, contain useful information, and have colors that go well together. Here are 11 brands from all different industries -- from real estate companies toparalegal programs -- that totally nailed their infographics this year so far. So scroll on and get inspired! 

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