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KDnuggets™ News 12:n10, May 2

Features (8) | Courses, Events (1) | Webcasts (2) | Software (5) | Jobs (5) | Competitions (1) | Meetings (3) | Publications (6) | NewsBriefs (7) | CFP (8) | Quote


  • From Data Mining to Big Data and Beyond - Apr 19, 2012.
    I look at the changing trends in analyzing data and the popularity of different terms, such as statistics, data mining, knowledge discovery, data science, and Big Data, and examine the gap between marketing and popular perceptions.
  • Million Song Dataset Challenge - Apr 29, 2012.
    You have the full listening history for 1M users, and half history for 100K users, and your goal is to predict the missing half.
  • Top news, jobs in April - May 1, 2012.
    Python in Big Data; Target hears you said yes, before you do; Network Analytics meets Text Mining
    Top jobs: Manager, Advanced Analytics at Orbitz; Analytics Lead/Scientist - NLP at Opera Solutions.
  • Additions to KDnuggets in April - May 1, 2012.
    New companies (Kontagent, CogNova, Yottamine), datasets, education (NYU, Caltech, Oxford, Udemy), meetings, software (BigML, kSuite, FMiner), and more.
  • Predictive Analytics World Chicago - June 25-26, 2012 - KDnuggets discount - May 1, 2012.
    Listen to experts from top companies, including Allstate, BBC, eBay, HP, Mazda, Microsoft. Attend over 40 sessions, hands-on workshops. Network with peers and top solution providers, and much more. KDnuggets discount.
  • Actuary - 2nd best job in the US - Apr 21, 2012.
    Actuary is the 2nd most desirable job in the US, ranked by a combination of work environment, income, stress level, physical demands and hiring outlook.
  • Top news for Apr 22-28 - Apr 29, 2012.
    Quantum Random Number Generator; Network Analytics meets Text Mining; Short History of Data Science
    Top jobs: Research Associates at Merck; Manager, Analysis and Reporting at SAGE Pubs.
  • Top news for Apr 15-21 - Apr 22, 2012.
    Network Analytics meets Text Mining with KNIME; Target hears you said yes, before you do; From Data Mining to Big Data and Beyond
    Top jobs: Director of Algorithms/Analytics at Guardian Analytics; Marketing Analyst at Springleaf Financial

Courses, Events

  • Analytics: Putting It All to Work - May 1, 2012.
    How you can cope with information overload and create real business value from your data. This 1-day course debuts in June and is taught by Bart Baesens, PhD.



  • Ajay Ohri reviews BigML.com: Machine Learning meets the Cloud - Apr 26, 2012.
    The website is very intutively designed, well known data sources are included. Decision trees is currently the only distributed algorithms, but more are expected soon.
  • Quantum Random Number Generator - Apr 22, 2012.
    Researchers at The Australian National University have developed the fastest random number generator in the world by using the quantum fluctuation in the vacuum, and put it online.
  • Social Media: Network Analytics meets Text Mining with KNIME - Apr 19, 2012.
    Here is a powerful example of combining the results from the sentiment analysis with the results from the network analysis in order to position each user inside his/her community in terms of influence (leaders vs. followers) and sentiment (positive, neutral, and negative users).
  • Fujitsu Big Data software suite - Apr 25, 2012.
    New software includes Interstage Big Data Parallel Processing Server, which builds upon Apache Hadoop, but is claimed to be five times faster.
  • Teradata and SAS partner on analytics appliance - Apr 25, 2012.
    The appliance includes SAS data exploration, modeling and scoring tools combined with a specifically configured hardware and database software from Teradata.



  • PAKDD 2012 Data Mining Competition - Apr 20, 2012.
    The competition has an open and student categories, and tasks include customer churn and win-back for a large telco, and analyzing correlation between job applications and economic indicators. Submissions due May 13.



News Briefs

CFP - Calls for Papers


Is Big Data overheating? In addition to BigDataWeek, there are at least 8 analytics/big data meetings just in the week of Apr 23-29

Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro

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