Category Archives: News Analysis

Notes on a Watson FAIL

A little over a year ago, on February 17, 2017, the Houston Chronicle reported that the University of Texas’ MD Anderson Cancer Center had halted an AI project for cancer diagnostics. The story revealed that MD Anderson spent $62 million over four years to build a system called the Oncology Expert Advisor (OEA), based on IBM Watson. As envisioned by its champions,

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SAS Peddles Open Source FUD

This appeared in my Twitter feed recently: Challenge…accepted. You can find a copy of SAS’ report here, and Matt Asay’s excellent analysis here. Grab your popcorn; here are four quick points. (1) For SAS, it’s progress. The report opens with this: Open source technologies, like Hadoop, R, and Python, have been vital to the spread of big data. That’s quite an

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Notes on the Forrester “Wave”

Forrester recently published the Wave™ for Predictive Analytics And Machine Learning Solutions. You can purchase a copy from Forrester for $2,495, or get a free copy here. When Forrester last delivered this analysis in 2015, they called it the Wave™ for Big Data Predictive Analytics Solutions. So, I guess that Big Data is “out” and machine learning is “in.” The chart below shows the

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IBM Launches “IBM Machine Learning”

It’s only March, but already IBM leads the software industry in gasbaggery. Gartner’s most recent Magic Quadrant for Data Science Platforms includes this little gem: Customers are often confused by mismatches between (IBM’s) marketing messages and actual, purchasable products. That’s a polite way to say that IBM marketing messages have enough hot air to float a fleet of balloons over the Bernese

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