Data Scientists . . . or Data Wannabes?

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Linda Burtch, Managing Director at Burtch Works | 30+ years’ experience in quantitative recruiting Ladies and gentlemen of the analytic community – we have an epidemic. A seed has been planted in the minds of quantitative professionals that has sprouted and will not subside. The more we hear about Big Data, the more we hear… Read more »

Book Review: Taming the Big Data Tidal Wave

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Bill Franks offers an excellent guide to understanding and utilizing Big Data in his informative and fun book, Taming the Big Data Tidal Wave. It’s a well written account of the “Big Data” craze that does a good job of emphasizing the longevity of this movement. With how often the phrase Big Data gets thrown around… Read more »

Putting a Human Face to Big Data

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  I recently came across an interesting discussion on LinkedIn about Rick Smolan’s newest pet project called “The Human Face of Big Data.” The project is meant to shine a light on the work of the Big Data industry, and as someone who works almost exclusively with this field, I was immediately fascinated. Putting a… Read more »

Big Data Hits the Big Time, but at What Price?

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  “What Are The Odds That Stats Would Be This Popular?” That was the question Quentin Hardy asked in his NY Times piece last Friday (01/26/12). If you’ve been paying attention to this blog, you’d know that the odds have been good and are getting better. The real issue isn’t in the headline, but comes a couple of paragraphs down: “What… Read more »

Opportunity Everywhere You Look

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“Everywhere you look, there’s an opportunity to collect more data and then apply a statistical or mathematical approach to understanding what’s happening,” says Chris Kemp, chief executive officer of Nebula. This quote comes from a recent two-part series on NPR’s Morning Edition about what they call “Big Data.” It’s what we call our raw material,… Read more »

The Numerati by Stephen Baker

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  As I’m sure you are all aware, we live in an extremely numerically driven world, where many of you mine for information along all sectors and industries. The Numerati, by Stephen Baker is a book describing exactly this, according to John Derbyshire, the author of a book review from The Wall Street Journal. From… Read more »