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PAW Toronto 2013 Report:
Canada’s Predictive Analytics Future on Display


A report on PAW Toronto (PAW Predictive Analytics World, March 20-21, 2013) from KDnuggets Canadian correspondent Tom Wolfer.



Tom Wolfer, Apr 16, 2013.

PAW Toronto
Predictive Analytics World (PAW) Toronto
conference (March 20-21, 2013) was chaired well by Richard Boire of the Boire Filler Group.

KDNuggets' Dr. Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro got me access to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on March 20-21. I've been so immersed in text mining projects back at work that I almost forgot to write this post!

You may read a full PAW Toronto-2013 Agenda, bit here are some Predictive Analytics Toronto-2013 conference highlights.

PAW Toronto 2013 Guest Speakers

Text mining expert and Elder Research Inc. CEO and Founder, John Elder spoke about Becoming an Ace with a Robot as your Wingman!.

His talk explored the important relationship between humans and algorithms in the analytics process. Canadian analytics professionals recognized Rupen Seoni, Vice President, Practice Leader, Environics Analytics. Many Canadian analysts use Environics Analytics' PRIZM C2 geo-segments system in their analyses. Seoni was guest a panellist for the What is Big Data Analytics: A Canadian Perspective discussion Dean Abbott of Abbott Analytics Inc. and Paul Tyndall of RBC.

Jane Griffiths, Deloitte Canada's Executive Advisor also spoke about Big Data in her Wading Into Big Waters: When to Tread Lightly and When to Dive

In session the day before I arrived. I did manage to stop by Deloitte Canada's exhibitor booth my first day at PAW Toronto, but not early enough to interview her.

PAW Toronto 2013 Sponsors/Exhibitors

Of the three major analytics software vendors in Canada: SAS, IBM-SPSS and Angoss, only SAS had an exhibitor booth.

I dropped by and spoke with a SAS text mining consultant about Enterprise Miner, sentiment text analysis and text mining topics near to my heart. Verint displayed Voice of the Customer solutions for analyzing text in recorded calls, surveys, chat, email, social media, online communities and websites, Verint's solutions provide insight for enhancing enterprise performance and customer loyalty.

I had a great time with the Forsee folks given my interest in Tablets and analytics.

Canadian business analysts and predictive analytics professionals should consider booking April 2014 in their calendars when the Predictive Analytics World (PAW) conference tour visits Toronto again.

Thanks again to Richard Boire for a well organized PAW conference, Dr. Piatetsky-Shapiro for getting me in the PAW Toronto 2013 doors, and the world of analytics on display by speakers and exhibitors. The future of predictive analytics in Canada looks great. Now, as for me.....I'd better get back to those text topics!

Tom Wolfer is founder and owner of Tumbleweed Marketing Analytics, a blog about marketing and analytics in Canada.


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