Data Visualization today was not even in the same ballpark as it was just 10 years ago and it surely wasn’t even in the same universe just 20 years ago. Data Viz experts like Nathan Yau, Aaron Koblin, Stephen Few, Edward Tufte, Ben Fry, and […]
Here’s something funny to think about. In a field that prides itself on being “data driven”, why is it then that a great majority of self-proposed thought leaders and talking heads all have different opinions on the topic of analytics?
You don’t have to go very far to see reports & dashboards that look like they might be better utilized to replace waterboarding as an effective torturing method. They can be such an effective weapon. What is surprising however is that I don’t think any one actually sets out with that goal. No one starts building […]
Do you ever wonder all the ways that a problem can be solved statistically? Well here is a list of over 200 statistical procedures! How many do you know? How many have you actually used? Want to see even more? Scroll to the bottom to see links to hundreds more!
Analysis of Variance
One-Way Analysis […]
There is something inherently human about having a calendar that resets itself every 365 days. To be able to look at what’s working and what’s not working and make those changes really should be an ongoing affair but what the heck a new year thrown in is a perfect time to do a reboot!
I’ve been spending quite a bit of time learning Hadoop and realize there is a ton of books, videos, and blogs out there that are currently teaching Hadoop from a point of view of Hadoop version 1.x yet Hadoop 2.0 has been out since really May 2012 and more so is radically different. I […]
Why Do You Have to Learn Linear Algebra?
I am always learning new things and as I take on more and more things to learn I am constantly forcing myself to first ask “Why is this important?” because obviously if I can’t find a reason clearly and easily enough then I usually won’t go down that […]
The start of a bad joke goes like this: What do Kevin Spacey, Politics, Netflix, and Big Data all have in common? Yeah well they actually do have a lot in common. They are more than anything extremely addictive. I haven’t met anyone yet (I know I am about to eat my […]
I could easily study and write solely on the topic of Big Data. I could dive deep into every single Apache project and all the other software offerings, white papers, and technologies around big data and I’d have a lot to write about. The challenge with this is that we are not robots, we can’t […]
Reporting, BI, and the lack of Mathematics
I have done reporting, data warehousing, and overall BI development for a while now and the one thing I always struggled with is how easy and common it was to be presenting numbers and yet not be very mathematical at all. What I mean is the most […]
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