— In the News —
Remember Watson? Three years ago it beat Jeopardy's brightest using cutting-edge natural language analytics. This week, IBM is making it available to the masses.
"Dan Abate doesn’t have diabetes nor is he aware of any obvious link to the disease. Try telling that to data miners...."
According to Google's latest Transparency Report, the number of government data requests has been rising sharply. Requests come from around the world and from governments of all sizes. Read this article to find out how often Google says, "No."
OkCupid has become well-known for turning its user's dating data into sociological studies. Its president, Christian Rudder, talks about why that's okay and where things are going.
— Tools and Techniques —
— Resources —
This Special Report by the IEEE covers a lot of ground in the Big Data arena. There are articles here about big data and health care, crime prevention, career paths in big data, new directions in the field, upcoming conferences, data scientist profiles, etc, etc. This is worth spending some time with.
— Data Viz —
Nice article by Lawrence Weru demonstrating a "Neutralizing" map and why it's better for detecting margins.
This near real-time, animated wind map is stunning. And it became all the more potent this week when the author, Cameron Beccario, spoke at the Graphical Web conference about how he built it. It's worth playing with the globe and if you're interested in the backstory, definitely check out the presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXNODLWhSbw&feature=youtu.be. If you're really inspired, the whole project is available on Github! https://github.com/cambecc/earth