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A Google engineer invented this smart mirror that tells you the news while you admire your looks

If you’re one of the few people who remembers the middling 2000 science fiction film <i>The 6th Day</i>, you may recall that Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character uses a mirror that wishes him a happy birthday and tells him his schedule for the day. That was probably the coolest thing about the movie.<p>And now …

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Pinterest update lets you search within images for similar items

Pinterest just got what may be the killer feature to catapult the service into an entirely new level of popularity and profit: visual search.<p>Revealed …

Data Science: What the Facebook Controversy is Really About

The Facebook contagion study raises a lot of questions. But what does it mean for this thing we call data science?<p>Facebook has always “manipulated” the results shown in its users’ News Feeds by filtering and personalizing for relevance. But this weekend, the social giant seemed to cross a line, …

Marketers are about to make new friends — or not — with data scientists

A long time researching and writing about the wild importance of data analytics on the future of the marketing profession has led me to an inescapable conclusion:<p>Data scientists will soon take a lot of jobs away from marketers.<p>The reasons are simple:<p>There’s already more data produced and mined …

Cisco, SAP and the Big-Data Revolution

<b>SAP just announced</b> the release of SAP HANA Vora. SAP HANA Vora is an in-memory query engine that plugs into the Apache Spark execution framework to provide enriched interactive analytics on Hadoop.<p><b>Cisco, provider of UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data, is working with SAP to achieve the</b> …

Beer maker uses big data and graphics chips to create a better brew

Jason Cohen wanted to help microbrewers craft a better batch of beer. So he created an app, and then he got it to run three times faster using a graphics processing unit (GPU), or graphics chip.<p>Most people might just be content with arguing about “less filling, tastes great” in a bar.<p>But Cohen is a …

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How the Military Sifts Through All the Data on Earth

It's a no-brainer that the military uses big data, but the scope is even greater than you may realize.<p>"Have you ever read <i>The Art of War</i> by Sun Tzu?"<p>It's a question I didn't expect to be asked by a data scientist who spends her days working on improving ways for extracting information online. But …

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15 Books every Data Scientist Should Read

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4 Essential Steps To Using Data To Fuel Startup Growth | Inc.com

In Uber's lofty San Francisco headquarters, a growing team of data scientists leads experiments that propel Uber's exponential growth. In 2014, their head of data Kevin Novak claimed that based on high-level analytics, Uber makes simple changes with incredible impact. They recommended the ideal …

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Facebook is always trying to alter people's behavior, says former data scientist

Facebook's Data Science team reportedly has run hundreds of experiments without people's knowledge.<p>We're hardly ever fast to wake up to what might be going on with our data. But once in a while, we're suddenly roused and make a noise.<p>Such has been the case with the revelations surrounding …

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The Data Are Damning: How Race Influences School Funding

Research shows that in Pennsylvania’s public schools skin color, not economics, determines how much money districts get.<p>PHILADELPHIA—In America, schools with a lot of minority students are chronically underfunded. Is that the case because these students are poor, and poor communities have fewer …

Education

The White House has a plan to help society through data analysis

The President of the United States has always had tools at his disposal when it comes to helping out American citizens—things like executive orders, …

Big Data

Dell/EMC - How to think like a data scientist

Think Like a Data Scientist<p>How do data scientists utilize predictive and prescriptive analytics to create business value?<p>Identify Key Business …

Creativity Is A Team Activity in Big Data

By Bill Schmarzo CTO, Dell EMC Services (aka “Dean of Big Data”) September 22, 2015<p>The potential of big data is only limited by the creative thinking …

Data Science Falls Into Many Roles

Data science continues to grow in significance in industry, particularly in industries like software, IT consulting and finance. Last year I shared results from O’Reilly Media’s annual salary survey in this field in <i>Revealing Data Science’s Job Potential.</i> They have just recently released results for …

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Scientists can draw very different meanings from the same data, study shows

Crowdsourcing research 'gives space to dissenting opinions'<p>Giving the same information to multiple scientific teams can lead to very different conclusions, a report published today in <i>Nature</i> shows. And that's exactly why two researchers think scientists should share their data with others — well …

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Microsoft is way ahead of Facebook in the race to recruit a very important type of expert

"Data scientist" is the tech industry term for a mathematician who does the crazy-complicated math it takes to crunch the massive amounts of information we create online every single day — and turn it into a report that a company can actually do something with.<p>Per the report, Microsoft employs 272 …

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How big data can take the pain out of performance reviews

The big bad annual performance review is getting a 21st century makeover. A growing number of large and influential companies are ditching their old …

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Data Mining but Were Afraid to Ask

<i>A guide to what data mining is, how it works, and why it's important.</i><p>Big data is everywhere we look these days. Businesses are falling all over themselves to hire 'data scientists,' privacy advocates are concerned about personal data and control, and technologists and entrepreneurs scramble to find …

5 things businesses need to know about data science

But are we all rushing in the right direction?<p>We need data science to find out. But first we have to understand what data science is.<p>At its foundation, data science isn't about creating or having more data. It's about leveraging the information you have, and using it effectively to drive results. …

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Your Tweets Tell Data Miners How Much Money You Have

You’d be surprised which things in your timeline are tipping them off: your anger level and linking habits.<p>Twitter is largely a public forum, and most users know this. If you tweet about something you want to keep private, you’ve failed. But what many people don’t realize is that simply using …

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38 Seminal Articles Every Data Scientist Should Read

Big Data in Motorsports: How F1 And NASCAR Compete on Analytics

Velocity is one of the defining characteristics of Big Data, and there are few situations in which speed is more imperative than motorsports. From …