Is Big Data at Risk of Unleashing Big Brother?

Privacy is always a flash point. With the advent of big data, privacy is only going to be even more of a concern. The fact is that many sources of big data contain highly detailed information on what people are doing. While there are many very valid uses for most of these big data sources, [...]

Aiding an Analytics Enthusiast

How Can You Help “Bob The Marketing Guy” Succeed With Analytics? In my last blog, I wrote about the pitfalls of allowing “Bob The Marketing Guy” to build complex analytics or models using a user friendly tool, when he doesn’t really know what he is doing. Well, we cannot just tell Bob he can’t do [...]

“Big Data” Is Coming, “Big Data” Is Coming:

What Does It Mean To Analytic Professionals? For my first blog posting, I decided to focus on one of the hottest topics in analytics right now: “Big Data”. Big Data is typically defined as very large, newer sources of data that don’t necessarily have a convenient or consistent structure. Think web logs, sensor data, RFID [...]

U.S. Gov. Bets Big on Linguistic Analytics

Will the next 007 be schooled in analytics? Perhaps. The U.S. government is reportedly making a nine-figure investment to better understand how language shapes worldviews with the goal of improving its ability to glean intelligence from non-English speakers. It’s known as IARPA: Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity. In an article on The Atlantic‘s web site, [...]

Decision Management, Big Data and McKinsey

Cross posted at JTonEDM McKinsey just published a new study “Big Data: the next frontier for innovation, competition and productivity” that is definitely worth reading. With lots of detail – it runs to more than 150 pages – it discusses why there is so much more data, what that means and how this data can [...]

Human and Automated Judgment

Tom pointed me to an interesting article recently – Judgment Call or Automated Decision—Or Both? – by Jan Abrams. It’s an interesting article and I go back and forth as I read it in terms of agreeing or disagreeing with Jan. First, let me say that the use of automated decisioning systems and credit scores [...]

The Health Care Reform Debate

The health care reform debate is once again roiling the U.S. House of Representatives as the new Republican majority moves on a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act passed just about a year ago. Their act is called the Repealing the Job Killing Health Care Act Bill and proponents of repeal say that doing [...]

Getting “Green” Data

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Data on the actual performance of “green” retrofits is finally becoming available and could be a boon to understanding the analytics of sustainability.

Analytics and Education — What Would You Do?

President Obama recently called for better data and analysis to track student process and assess the effectiveness of the U.S. education system: “The president urged states and school districts to create better data systems to track students’ educational progress from childhood through college” said the Chronicle of Higher Education. David Brooks of the NY Times [...]