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This post is an excerpt adapted from my book, Disruptive Analytics, available soon from Apress and Amazon. (Note: under my contract with Apress I am legally obligated to link to their site, but it’s not yet possible to order the book there. Use the Amazon link if you want the book.) The analytics business is booming. […]

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The Apache Spark team announces the production release of Spark 2.0.0.  Release notes are here. Read below for details of the new features, together with explanations culled from Spark Summit and elsewhere. Measured by the number of contributors, Apache Spark remains the most active open source project in the Big Data ecosystem. The Spark team guarantees […]

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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 […]

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In the second quarter of 2015, Hortonworks lost $1.38 for every dollar of revenue. In the second quarter of 2016, HDP lost $1.46 for every dollar of revenue. So I guess they aren’t making it up on volume. On the Databricks blog, Jules Damji summarizes Spark news from the past two weeks. AWS Launches Kinesis Analytics Amazon […]

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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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So, Apple acquires Turi for $200 million. Hopefully, Apple did not pay for brand equity. Bridget Botelho argues that businesses must either disrupt or be disrupted, and outlines the role of machine learning. Someone should write a book about that. Conference Announcements — Flink Forward announces the schedule for its second annual event, to be held […]

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There are two big stories this week: Apache Spark 2.0 and Apache Mesos 1.0. There’s also a new release from Kylin, and a nice crop of explainers. IEEE Spectrum publishes its third annual ranking of top programming languages, based on twelve metrics drawn from Google Search, Google Trends, Twitter, GitHub, Stack Overflow, Reddit, Hacker News, […]