Posts Tagged:big data

Nate Silver Called All 50 States…

and was only off by 400,000 on the popular vote.  How ya like big data now?  VentureBeat has the story. (VB) See out previous coverage of Nate Silver here.

Data Scientists and the New Cool

Tom Davenport has an excellent mid-lenth piece out in the Harvard Business Review about how data science is the new sexy job.  Tom has been writing about this for quite some time.  (HBR)  Of particular note was his description of the Insight Data Science Program, which is a post-doc Silicon Valley feeder five week training…

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Top Five Cities for Big Data Talent (It’s not who you think)

CIOInsight is out with this list.  I’m not sure of the methodology, but it’s interesting.  See the piece here. 1. San Francisco 2. McLean, Virginia 3. Boston 4. St. Louis 5. Toronto  

Climate Corp. Combines Big Data, Predictive Analytics, and Insurance and Raises $50M

Climate Corp. is selling weather insurance to farmers based on data that the farmers provide to the company.  Climate Corp. then crunches the data (a cool trillion fields) and offers the farmers bespoke crop insurance. Read the article here.

Big Data is Worth Nothing without Big Science

Here’s a nice piece from CNET on how big data alone is not enough, you really need the skills to know how to pull the meaning from it. That being said, it is getting easier to analyze big data. Money Quote: Last year, the McKinsey Global Institute projected that the United States alone needs 140,000…

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Big Oil Using Big Data and Predictive Analytics

Interesting piece in the MIT Technology Review about how big oil companies are using analytics on real time data to avoid spills and increase productivity, here.

The U.S. Government is getting in on Big Data

The New York Times has an article on how the government is going to spend $200 million going after big data.

School for Quants at University College London

The Financial Times has an interesting article on a PhD program at UCL that essentially is a mashup of advanced math, programming, big data, and finance. Most crazy fact:  there is hedge fund that trades exclusively off of social data.

EMC White Paper “Data Science Revealed: A Data-Driven Glimpse into the Burgeoning New Field”

I just came across this white paper by our friends at EMC. Key takeaways: The cost of computing power, data storage, and high-bandwidth internet access have plunged over the past 20 years. Companies like Facebook, LinkedIn, Yahoo, Google are making data their primary product. There is a huge talent gap for data scientists.  

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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