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Courses, Events, Webcasts (see also All Courses)

  • Madrid Summer School on Advanced Statistics and Data Mining, July 4-15 - May 26, 2011.
    The program included 17 courses over 2 weeks, including Statistics and machine learning with R, Bayesian networks, Neural networks, Features Subset Selection, Hot topics in intelligent data analysis, and more.
  • Jun 22 Webinar: Data Mining: Failure to Launch - Jun 7, 2011.
    Attend this free webinar to learn how to get started with data mining and overcome both strategic and tactical limitations that cause data mining projects to fall short of their potential.
  • Jun 29 Webinar: Trace your Steps through Analytics - Jun 3, 2011.
    we show you how to conduct a complete analytic process and trace your steps along the way, so that you can validate your data and visualize the results prior to sharing.
  • PAKDD 2011 Conference Awards - Jun 2, 2011.
    PAKDD 2011 (held in China, May 2011) presented awards for the Best Research Paper, Best Application Paper, Most influential paper, and Distinguished Contribution.

Software (see also All Software)

Jobs (see also All Jobs)

Academic/Research positions

Competitions (see also All Competitions)

  • Heritage Health Prize final data - Jun 6, 2011.
    The competition is very close, with 100th submission only 4% worse than the leader. The final data released on June 4 is 53MB (zipped) and includes Members, Claims, Labs, RX, DaysInHospital tables and the target.
  • Hearst, DMA launch second analytics challenge - Jun 4, 2011.
    The goal is is to predict whether a consumer will open or click through an email promotion. Top prize is $25K.
  • Predicting Wine Quality Contest - May 25, 2011.
    The two datasets are related to red and white variants of the Portuguese "Vinho Verde" wine. Only physicochemical (inputs) and sensory (the output) variables are available, and the goal is to predict wine quality.


  • Brand new KNIME Press announces first eBook - May 21, 2011.
    helps new KNIME user to learn through concise, hands-on examples and exercises how to produce practical results quickly.
  • Business Analytics Innovation Summit Report - Jun 6, 2011.
    In contrast to its larger competition, BAIS was much smaller, with just a single track of presentations. I kind of liked that, not feeling the pressure of having to make choices from among equally attractive competing sessions.
  • Business Intelligence Best Practices Benchmark Report - Jun 6, 2011.
    takes a close look at the elements of a successful BI strategy, including the drivers and obstacles, the metrics for tracking and measuring success, and some of the best examples of rapid ROI from BI projects.
  • INFORMS Analytics News (June) - Jun 4, 2011.
    featuring Cloud computing, BI, analytics top CIO priorities; What's 'cool' according to Gartner; 'Big Data' a Big Deal; and 'Customer Insight' Class Focuses on Analytics
  • Facebook Friendlist Mysteriously Changed - Jun 2, 2011.
    FB is experimenting: every 3-4 pageviews, they will show up an alternate set of friends, hoping that it will create user activity, more pageviews, and at the end of the day, more advertising revenue.
  • Measuring the scalability of SQL and NoSQL systems - May 31, 2011.
    interview with designers of the Yahoo! YCSB benchmark which measured four different systems: Cassandra, HBase, PNUTS (Yahoo! cloud system) and and implementation of a sharded MySQL.
  • SAS keeps its high-performance edge amidst converging architectures - May 26, 2011.
    host Eric Kavanagh (of newly launched Inside Analysis) talks with SAS CTO about what's happening in the industry, where it's all heading, and what's new at SAS

News Briefs

  • Data Hero Awards - Jun 3, 2011.
    The EMC data hero awards honor data practitioners that have made a profound impact on individuals, organizations and the world. The winners include:
  • GE, Thomson Reuters Healthcare Analytics - May 30, 2011.
    Pharmaceutical firms and other healthcare organizations will now be able to conduct evidence-based research on data that enables them to better quantify the effectiveness of medical treatments on discrete patient populations.
  • Cheezburger hires a data scientist - May 28, 2011.
    Cheezburger Network hired Sean Power as the company's first data scientist for its Fail Blog, I Can Has Cheezburger and other comedy web sites.
  • Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative Announces Grant Recipients - May 27, 2011.
    10 grants were awarded to empirically-oriented research proposals that will offer substantive insights about mobile customer behavior while also advancing marketing science and practice.
  • Chomp App search data for April - May 26, 2011.
    Highlights from April Search Analytics from Chomp, the search engine for finding and recommending mobile apps.

CFP - Calls for Papers (see also All CFP)


Good news for data miners: US will need 140,000 to 190,000 more people with "deep analytical" skills, typically experts in statistical methods and data-analysis technologies

according to McKinsey Study

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