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Data Science: What's The Half-Life Of A Buzzword?

Data Science: What's The Half-Life Of A Buzzword? | Data Nerd's Corner | Scoop.it
Data Science Skills--Source: Drew Conway A recent survey conducted by Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro of KDnuggets, found a “strong interest in online certificates and MS degrees in Analytics, Big Data, Data Mining, and Data Science, even among those who...
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Brown didn’t mince words: “More than thirty percent of student loans are now delinquent. Over 500 schools now have student loan default rates higher than their graduation rates. I have lost count of the number of my personal acquaintances who have obtained advanced degrees with the aim of career advancement, yet found that advancement eluded them. Much of what’s on offer these days is of poor quality, and even academically excellent programs are no assurance of concrete rewards.”

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This grew from my discussion with colleagues on the merits of Data Science education vs the buzzword.  Check it out!

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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



Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/most-influential-tech-women-on-twitter-2014-5?op=1#ixzz32LCkdrN1

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Data Credibility: A Key Data Quality Dimension in the Big Data Era

Data Credibility: A Key Data Quality Dimension in the Big Data Era | Data Nerd's Corner | Scoop.it
Recently, there’s been a great deal of discussion within the information management industry about data quality. This discussion has gone beyond simply talking about what data quality means, to cover the potential consequences of poor data quality in operational and ...
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“Data credibility is the extent to which the good faith of a provider of data or source of data can be relied upon to ensure that the data really represents is what the data is supposed to represent, and that there is no intent to misrepresent what the data is supposed to represent.”

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Julia King: We're all data scientists now

Julia King: We're all data scientists now | Data Nerd's Corner | Scoop.it
It's up to each one of us to figure out what in the daily surge of data is useful, what's crap and what's truly valuable.
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I DO NOT agree but read and form your own opinion :) "I think data science is going to be as foundational to education as English," Priestly says. "The reason is everybody is dealing with data. Everybody has to understand the basics of how to analyze data. Data science doesn't belong in the business school. Everybody should take data science."

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Little things that mean a lot

Little things that mean a lot | Data Nerd's Corner | Scoop.it
JUDGING from the condemnation, Facebook just “friended” Satan. The company has been pilloried for academic research it published, showing that by adjusting its...
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“It is about building a mountain with pebbles,” says Jim Manzi, the boss of Applied Predictive Technologies, which sells data-crunching software. Internet firms like Google and Amazon have built their entire businesses on the back of repeated incremental gains. For example, Google’s search algorithm is designed to learn from users: if slightly more people click on the ninth link of a given set of search results than one higher up, then the algorithm learns from this, and moves the lower item upwards. Amazon’s boss, Jeff Bezos, insists that all decisions in his company are based on statistical analyses. Every pixel on the company’s home page has had to justify its existence through repeated testing of alternative layouts, to identify the combination that maximises sales. Each individual change may make the product only a tiny bit better. But the cumulative effect over time can be big.

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7 Steps for Learning Data Mining and Data Science

7 Steps for Learning Data Mining and Data Science | Data Nerd's Corner | Scoop.it
Editor's Note: July's feature on Techopedia is Analytics. Don't miss our free Webinar, "How Can Analytics Improve Business." I am frequently asked how to learn data mining and data science. Here is my summary. You can best...
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Here are seven steps for learning data mining and data science. Although they are numbered, you can do them in parallel or in a different order.

Languages: Learn R, Python and SQLTools: Learn how to use data mining and visualization toolsTextbooks: Read introductory textbooks to understand the fundamentalsEducation: Watch webinars, take courses and consider a certificate or a degree in data science (Read more in Ben Lorica's How to Nurture a Data Scientist.)Data: Check available data resources and find something thereCompetitions: Participate in data mining competitionsInteract with other data scientists, via social networks, groups and meetings
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WordPress plugin vulnerabilities affect 20 million downloads | ZDNet

WordPress plugin vulnerabilities affect 20 million downloads | ZDNet | Data Nerd's Corner | Scoop.it
Since May, security firm Sucuri has discovered critical WordPress plugin vulnerabilities affecting four plugins that have nearly 20 million downloads.
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If you're admin on a WordPress install, check to see that you have the following current versions of each affected plugin:

WPTouch (3.4.3)Disqus (2.77)All In One SEO Pack (2.2.1)MailPoet Newsletters (2.6.9)

 

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Leveraging Data Science for Demand Generation

Leveraging Data Science for Demand Generation | Data Nerd's Corner | Scoop.it
Over the next few weeks, I will be authoring a series of blogs on data science and demand generation. In this first blog, I will make the case why we need to leverage data science for lead identifica…
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The vast quantity of social data has been a gold mine for Data Scientists for the past several years. While there have been several research papers written and tools developed, use of this data for lead identification and qualification is still in infancy. It requires deeper level of understanding of not only the text of the conversation but also the context of the conversation.

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VoterLabs Launches Political Text-2-Donate Platform With Real-Time Data

VoterLabs Launches Political Text-2-Donate Platform With Real-Time Data | Data Nerd's Corner | Scoop.it
New Haven, CT (PRWEB) July 15, 2014 VoterLabs, LLC, a New Haven, CT startup, today announced the launch of its political Text-2-Donate and Mobile Outreach platform. VoterLabs' Text-2-Donate & Mobile...
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VoterLabs LLC was founded in 2012 to bring advanced user-friendly data technology to political campaigns and organizations who lack multi-million dollar data science and targeting budgets or expertise.

 
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Internet of Things Done Wrong Stifles Innovation - InformationWeek

Internet of Things Done Wrong Stifles Innovation - InformationWeek | Data Nerd's Corner | Scoop.it
Anticipate and embrace the changes the Internet of things will bring or it will do more harm than good.
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The increase in the number of smart nodes brought on by IoT, as well as the amount of data the nodes will generate, will only increase concerns around data privacy, data sovereignty, and data security. Additional challenges will include understanding how devices will effectively and securely transmit and store these huge amounts of data. New messaging protocols like MQTT (messaging queuing telemetry transport) will become available to transmit the data securely.

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What Smart Companies Are Doing With Heaps of Data (Infographic)

Companies create 2.16 exabytes of new data every day. (That's a lot.) Here's what happens to it.
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DANIEL ZENDER, NEW JERSEY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

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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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Inside the Artificial Brain That’s Remaking the Google Empire | Enterprise | WIRED

Inside the Artificial Brain That’s Remaking the Google Empire | Enterprise | WIRED | Data Nerd's Corner | Scoop.it
It was one of the most tedious jobs on the internet. A team of Googlers would spend day after day staring at computer screens, scrutinizing tiny snippets of street photographs, asking themselves the same question over and over again: “Am I looking at an address or not?’ Click. Yes. Click. Yes. Click. No. This was…
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This was a critical part of building the company’s Google Maps service. Knowing the precise address of a building is really helpful information for mapmakers. But that didn’t make life any easier for those poor Googlers who had to figure out whether a string of numbers captured by Google’s roving Street View cars was a phone number, a graffiti tag, or a legitimate address.

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How to find -- and hire -- data scientists

How to find -- and hire -- data scientists | Data Nerd's Corner | Scoop.it
Data might just be the new driver of business success. Airbnb uses data to match lodging and travelers. Netflix uses data to personalize your entertainment. Amazon uses data to sell you more stuff....
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But data doesn’t reveal its secrets easily — or cheaply. Hence the exploding role of data scientist, which has grown from practically nothing to a major hiring focus, with stunning growth over the last three years at job site Indeed.com of thousands of percent. And the cost of hiring a data scientist, which is up to $150,000/year.

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4 Tips For Data-Driven Glory: Insights From Interact 2014

4 Tips For Data-Driven Glory: Insights From Interact 2014 | Data Nerd's Corner | Scoop.it
Marketers today swim in a sea of data. From tracking purchase behavior to website visits, they’re constantly gathering information about th
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While 91% of marketers use data to drive decisions, 40% say that they can’t turn data into actionable programs, Rutkin noted. To get started with personalized content à la Verizon newsletters, “Inventory your available data and line that up with your goals,” Rutkin said, adding that her team’s work is an iterative process. “It’s like Disneyland. There’s always some maintaining going on in our newsletter program. You’re always putting customers first, but as their needs change, your strategies change too.”

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New Data Show Faster Job Growth in States With Higher Minimum Wage

New Data Show Faster Job Growth in States With Higher Minimum Wage | Data Nerd's Corner | Scoop.it
Findings could undermine the argument that raising the minimum wage hurts job growth
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Some economists said that data was inconclusive and that it’s too early to say whether minimum wage hikes hurt job growth. The rate of job growth was the highest in North Dakota, where the local oil and gas boom has spurred the economy but there has been no minimum wage increase. “It’s too early to tell,” said Stan Veuger, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. “These states are very different along all kinds of dimensions.”

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RelateIQ Buy Could Patch Salesforce's Analytics Gap

RelateIQ Buy Could Patch Salesforce's Analytics Gap | Data Nerd's Corner | Scoop.it
Salesforce's $390 million acquisition of RelateIQ this week strengthens the CRM giant's customer data analytics offerings and could boost its marketing suite, industry analysts told CMSWire. Salesforce Founder and CEO Marc Benioff (left) on Monday gobbled up the Palo Alto, Calif.-based provider that claims it's known for driving "relationship intelligence," rather than "relationship management." "Salesforce needed to deepen its analytics offerings significa Topic: Customer Experience.
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"While Salesforce has done a great job with reporting to do real analytics, prediction, you have to go to Birst or Good Data in the cloud or take the data out of the cloud back into an operational data store like Teradata or Oracle or IBM or Microsoft," Wang Said. "This defeats the point of having it all in the cloud."

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Meet Data for Good, the Hacker News for showing off your world-changing data science

Meet Data for Good, the Hacker News for showing off your world-changing data science | Data Nerd's Corner | Scoop.it
Data scientists already have DataTau, a specialized version of Hacker News, that popular online water cooler for programmers. But some socially minded data scientists thought DataTau wasn't great e...
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Data scientists already have DataTau, a specialized version of Hacker News, that popular online water cooler for programmers.

But some socially minded data scientists thought DataTau wasn’t great enough, and now they have their own site. Data for Good is a public-good-only fork of DataTau.

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Data Science

Data Science | Data Nerd's Corner | Scoop.it
According to the Office of Naval Research, data science crosses the gamut of sea, air, space and human performance issues in a unique and wholly essential way.
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“We deal with things in the air, we deal with things on the surface, we deal with things terrestrially, we deal with things under the water, we deal with human performance,” said RADM Matthew Klunder, chief of Naval research.  “What’s the one area that – no kidding – cross cuts all those things I just described? Data science.”

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Data Scientist Core Skills

Data Scientist Core Skills | Data Nerd's Corner | Scoop.it

Knowing the difference between a fact table that is put together well and one that is faulty with semi-structured unconstrained keys makes all the difference in how easily you can trust and massage the data you're trying to capture. Knowing the validity and proper use of each of the dimensions is also key to leveraging any star-schemed data structure. Unstructured data is another story where you may have to figure or organize yourself a staging layer before the data itself is even useful. If you can't get through these things you can't begin making propositional sense of data to analyze.Data Science - The Process of Capturing, Analyzing and Presenting Business Intelligence with Skill
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Programming and Database skills 



The familiarity…

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Knowing the difference between a fact table that is put together well and one that is faulty with semi-structured unconstrained keys makes all the difference in how easily you can trust and massage the data you're trying to capture. Knowing the validity and proper use of each of the dimensions is also key to leveraging any star-schemed data structure. Unstructured data is another story where you may have to figure or organize yourself a staging layer before the data itself is even useful. If you can't get through these things you can't begin making propositional sense of data to analyze.

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Everything is Obvious – with Big Data from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

Everything is Obvious – with Big Data from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. | Data Nerd's Corner | Scoop.it
Even with the limitations of big data and traditional scientific methods in business, evidence-based skepticism should drive all discussion in strategy.
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Common sense does well when “you get to run repeated trials of the same experiment over and over again...if the answer is yes, then I think that is an environment in which your intuition can be trained to work pretty well...That is how doctors are trained. They just see the same thing over and over again, and they learn that when they see X, Y, and Z, this is what they need to do.”

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Twitter Tanks More Than 7% | TechCrunch

Twitter Tanks More Than 7% | TechCrunch | Data Nerd's Corner | Scoop.it
Following more executive changes, Twitter's shares are down sharply today, sliding nearly 8 percent in morning trading. The company, which saw its share price..
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Twitter is not the only technology company to retreat today, with Tesla and Netflix also taking firm whacks. Technology as an industry is down more than the larger market, which is having an off day.

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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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