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This is an introduction to my book, Disruptive Analytics, available soon from Apress and Amazon. Disruption: in business, a radical change in an industry or business strategy, especially involving the introduction of a new product or service that creates a new market. From its birth in 1979, Teradata led the field in data warehousing. The […]

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In a press release and blog post, Databricks announces results from its 2016 Spark Survey. Databricks surveyed 1,615 Spark users and prospective users in July, 2016 Respondents include data engineers, data scientists, architects, technical managers, and academics. Key findings from the survey: Spark SQL remains the most widely used component. 88% use Spark SQL 71% […]

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Note to readers: Recently, I’ve noticed that news about events that occur on Tuesdays seems stale by the time I publish on Monday. Beginning this week, I’m shifting to a new publication model, posting analysis of events as they happen instead of a weekly roundup. You could say I’m switching from batch updates to real-time updates, […]

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Many thanks to Australia’s Dez Blanchfield for his contributions to this roundup. We set out to create a special “Australia/APAC” edition; however, most of the stories have a global interest: chips are chips and deep learning is deep learning wherever you live. We did find this story, profiling a Tasmanian oyster farm that uses Microsoft’s IoT […]

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On a Google blog, Kaz Sato describes how a Japanese farmer uses TensorFlow to classify cucumbers. Very good. Perhaps now Google can set TensorFlow to work figuring out how to comply with EU regulations. Good Reads Adrian Colyer returns for the Fall semester with daily papers. Superlative Reads Dez Blanchfield heaps praise on obscure blogger’s new […]

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Jim Kyung-Soo Liew and Tamas Budavari of Johns Hopkins ask whether Tweet sentiments still predict the stock market. Short Version: they do, but the market has arbitraged away any advantage from trading on the information. So there you have it: the stock market is efficient with respect to fundamental information, technical information, and Tweets. Enterra’s […]

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TechCrunch reports results of a new study, which says that you really don’t need a co-founder after all. Next, they’ll be telling us we don’t need to floss. Python and R Matt Asay argues that Python is a gateway language that leads data scientists to R. (h/t Oliver Vagner). That’s oversimplified and mostly incorrect. The breadth […]

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MIT Technology Review reports that Chicago’s experiment in predictive policing isn’t working. Data scientists developed a list of a few hundred people likely to commit a shooting; police, however, ignored the predictions, primarily because nobody told them what to do with individuals on the list. The report illustrates a fundamental truth about data science: no amount […]