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Wolfram | Alpha Pro: Taking Web Search into the Realm of the Scientific

I just started my free trial of the Wolfram|Alpha Pro browser/tool and it looks to be very powerful.  It is priced at $4.99/month and you get no ads and a lot of scientific capability and other cool functions.  It looks like they have taken Mathematica online. I previously discussed Wolfram’s Computable Document Format here.  Alpha…

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The Age of Big Data

Fantastic article from the NYT’s about the world and opportunities of big data here. It’s a revolution, says Gary King, director of Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science.  We’re really just getting under way.  But the march of quantification, made possible by enormous new sources of data, will sweep through academia, business and government.  There…

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Data gets cool in Davos

The New York Times reports that data is the sexy theme of this years Davos World Economic Forum.  The World Economic Forum has also released a report called Big Data, Big Impact, about how big data can affect international development. Money quote:  “Big data represents one of these seismic economic shifts that happens every 10…

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U.S. Corporate Litigation

Here’s an interesting interactive graphic display of litigations by sector and company prepared by Briefcase Analytics.  You can select which areas are of interest to you and see which sectors and companies are most exposed to those areas of litigation.

More Fulbright & Jaworski Litigation Trends – Financial Services Drilldown

Fulbright & Jaworski offers a breakout by industry group, including Financial Services. Most interesting fact:  ESI discovery is going social: one in six industry companies have had to produce electronically stored information from a social media website in the past 12 months.

Bloomberg hiring Data Visualization and Charting Business Manager

Bloomberg is hiring a Data Visualization Professional for its Charts and Graphics Business, which does all the graphical solutions for the Bloomberg Professional Terminal. As a Data Visualization and Charting Business Manager, you will be responsible for designing visual solutions that represent significant amounts of data to communicate actionable information. You will be continually challenged…

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SEC Using Data Analysis to go After Fund Fraud

The WSJ reports the SEC is using data analysis of fund returns to pick out outliers for investigation.  Four fraud claims have been brought so far.  Initial reviews are of hedge funds, private equity funds, and mutual funds.

Big Data Startup Having Big Success

NYT’s profiles Splunk, a startup mining big data for half the Fortune 100. Money quote: “Take the SH out of IT.”

Christmas Book Gift Ideas

OK, it’s a little late for Christmas gift ideas, but here are some really good data design and visualization books: Rapid Graphs with Tableau Software 6 by Eileen and Stephen McDaniel.  This is a solid introduction to the basics of Tableau.  Power users should skip it. Visual Complexity by Manuel Lima.  Fellow New Schooler Lima…

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Science Visualizations Getting Better with eBooks and Wolfram’s CDF

Here’s an interesting NYT’s article on a new college eBook with an interesting side bar on some Wolfram capabilities. Wolfram’s Computable Document Format looks to be very powerful, definitely worth a look. Data not only wants to be free, but increasingly it wants to be interactive.

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