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Buyers Beware: Data Visualization is Not Data Analytics

The term Business Intelligence solution can be a deceiving one. Many software solutions that call themselves BI can actually only offer you half of …

Do 3 Out Of 4 Doctors Really Agree? Common Ways Study Data Can Be Misinterpreted

Many studies make compelling claims, but a critical look at where the data is coming from can change how you view the results.<p>Numbers can be a powerful way to illustrate a point, predict the future, and confirm a decision. They can also be wrong and misleading, says data expert John H. Johnson, …

Research

Atlas is now an open platform for everyone’s charts and data

Atlas debuted last year as a home for all of Quartz’s charts and the data behind them. Today it becomes a platform for your charts and data, too.<p>We are opening up Atlas to chart creators around the world, from researchers to analysts to fellow journalists and anyone else who regularly works with …

Data Visualization

Humans Evolved to Believe In God, This Theory Argues

More than eight in ten people worldwide believe in some form of religion.<p>More than eight in ten people worldwide have some sort of religious belief, according to a Pew Research Center study. Approximately one third of those people are Christian.<p>Even though the percentage of people who identify as …

Pew Research Center

The arrow of time

In T.H. White’s fantasy novel <i>The Once and Future King</i>, Merlyn the magician suffers from a rare and incurable condition: He experiences time in …

Physics

Proof of Evolution That You Can Find on Your Own Body

DO try this at home.<p>It might sound a little offensive, but your body is a museum, full of ancient relics that no one really needs anymore. From your …

Evolution

How to replace a pie chart

(This article was first published on <b> Variance Explained</b>, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)Yesterday a family member forwarded me a Wall Street …

Data Science

Do you have a photographic memory?

A NEW test showing a series of dots claims to figure out whether you’re in the rare percentage of people who possess a photographic memory.

The Brain

Rohan & Lenny #1: Neural Networks & The Backpropagation Algorithm, Explained

Do you know the chain rule? Then you know the neural network backpropagation algorithm!<p>This is the first group (Lenny and Rohan) entry in our journey …

Data + Science

2/22/2016<br>Tableau Stock and Technology Trends<p>My friend and data visualization colleague Jon Schwabish wrote an interesting post today about Disclosure …

Data Visualization

Visualizing Billions of Data Points: Doing it Right

DOWNLOAD the video for this webinar here: http://go.continuum.io/visualizing-billions-data-points/<p>Use Intelligent Downsampling to Extract Signal from Noise in Big Data<p>Visualization is the best way to explore and communicate insights about data. Whether you are dealing with geospatial, time series, …

Data Science

Databricks Launches Free Community Edition As Companion To Free Online Spark Courses

Databricks, the commercial company created from the open source Apache Spark project, announced the release of a free Community Edition today aimed at teaching people how to use Spark — and as an adjunct to the free online courses (MOOCs) it created last year.<p>The free version is a limited edition …

Ubiquitous Computing

Designing Data-Driven Interfaces

Telling the story of your data<p>“Dashboard”, “Big Data”, “Data visualization”, “Analytics” — there’s been an explosion of people and companies looking …

The Most Important Skill in Data Science: Mining and Visualizing your Data

<i>While data scientists have many resources in their tool belt, our research shows that proficiency with data mining and visualization tools</i> …

Researchers release open source code for powerful image detection algorithm

A UCLA Engineering research group has made public the computer code for an algorithm that helps computers process images at high speeds and "see" …

Source Code

Data Visualization with ggplot2

1<p>Introduction<p>Free<p>In this chapter we’ll get you into the right frame of mind for developing meaningful visualizations with R. You’ll understand that …

Google Makes Learning Neural Networks Free

Holy puppy slugs, Batman...<p>Like many other tech companies and researchers—and a growing number of digital artists—Google is very interested in machine learning, a vital component in creating artificially intelligent neural networks that would allow future machines to "think." More than that, they …

Machine Learning

The 18 Best Analytics Tools Every Business Manager Should Know

The goal of any business analytic tool is to analyze data and extract actionable and commercially relevant information that you can use to increase results or performance. But with so many tools available it can be difficult to know what to use and when.<p>I thought it might be useful to look at some …

Big Data

How Power Naps Are Related to Near-Death Experiences

“The Nightmare” by John Henry Fuseli is thought to be a depiction of sleep paralysis. (Photo: Public Domain/Wikipedia Commons)<p>Before you are even …

Machine Learning

What Kind of Data Scientist Do You Need?

If you’re looking to hire a data scientist to join your company, you’re not alone. At The Data Incubator, we work with hundreds of companies that are looking to find data scientists from our Fellowship Program. In our experience, candidates usually come from one of two disciplines: computations or …

Data Science
Data Visualization

Data Visualization: Pretty Pictures Ain't Analytics

Yes, I said it! So many of you are going gaga by visualizations; so blinded you forget the real reason for the work: Business Value. Some of you might even participate in contests of who can make the prettiest visualization. Some popular Data Science blogs even have a visual of the month section. …

Data Visualization

Empirically-Based Approach to Understanding the Structure of Data Science

<i>Based on a study of 620+ data professionals, we found that data science skills fall into three broad areas: domain expertise (in our case, business),</i> …

Data Science

Analyzing Canada-US Border Crossing Data

Like many Canadians, I cross our border with the United States fairly regularly. In fact, Canada and the United States actually share the world’s …

Machine Learning

The Unreasonable Reputation of Neural Networks

It is hard not to be enamoured by deep learning nowadays, watching neural networks show off their endless accumulation of new tricks. There are, as I …

Dark Matter

Big Data Uncovered: What Does A Data Scientist Really Do?

The world of Big Data and data science can often seem complex or even arcane from the outside looking in. In business, a lot of people by now probably understand the basics of what Big Data analysis involves – collecting the ever growing amount of data we are generating, and using it to come up …

Big Data

Storytelling with Data Visualization

In today's world of "Big Data" everyone is looking for interesting patterns in their data and visualizing the results. They think "pretty pictures" …

Real Estate