KDnuggets™ News 13:n18, Jul 31

Features (8) | Software (4) | Webcasts (2) | Courses, Events (5) | Meetings (1) | Jobs (14) | Academic (2) | Competitions (2) | Publications (6) | Tweets (6) | NewsBriefs (4) | CFP (11) | Quote



  • Alteryx Strategic Analytics, free version - Jul 18, 2013.
    Download Alteryx Strategic Analytics, Project Edition (free version) and get instant analytics, including statistical, predictive, and spatial - with any data, from spreadsheets to Big Data, with an easy to use visual workflow.
  • Big collection of data sites, services, marketplaces and more - Jul 25, 2013.
    Here is a big collection of data services, data marketplaces, data search tools, social data sources, portals, platforms, sources for Government, NGO, local, and news data, and more.
  • Provalis Research QDA Miner 4.1 and SimStat 2.6 Text Mining Software - Jul 23, 2013.
    The unique integration of QDA Miner (for easy-to-use qualitative analysis), SimStat (for statistical analysis and bootstrapping) and WordStat (for text-mining and quantitative content-analysis), allows researchers to integrate numerical and text data into a single project.
  • ILNumerics: High Performance Math Library for C# and .NET - Jul 25, 2013.
    ILNumerics is a numerical library for .NET that turns C# into a 1st class mathematical language, with a Matlab-like high-level syntax, high performance, and 2D/3D visualization features. Free Community Edition (GPL).
  • Textalytics Industry Specific Text Mining APIs - Jul 24, 2013.
    The Core API filters words based on syntax (noun, verb, article) to extract the key words of a document, while Media Analysis API pinpoints buying signals in social conversations and identifies customers sentiment.


Courses, Events

  • Elder Research Course: Tools for Discovering Patterns in Data, Sep 9-10, Charlottesville, VA - Jul 27, 2013.
    Drawing on 20 years of experience, Dr. John Elder will explain powerful analytic methods for classification and estimation, compare the leading algorithms, and demonstrate their effectiveness on practical applications. Attendees will receive the award-winning Handbook of Statistical Analysis and Data Mining Applications, and fully functional (limited time) data mining software from SAS, IBM/SPSS, and StatSoft.
  • Supercomputer Data Mining Boot Camps, San Diego, Sep 12-13, Oct 17-18 - Jul 30, 2013.
    The Power to Predict: The Sexiest Job in the 21st Century. Register for UCSD Data Mining Boot Camps scheduled to be held at the San Diego Supercomputer Center on Sep 12-13 and Oct 17-18.
  • Northwestern Online MS in Predictive Analytics - Jul 25, 2013.
    Learn from distinguished faculty and industry experts, build statistical and analytic expertise, and prepare for leadership-level career opportunities - build in-demand skills for the growing analytics field.
  • Applied Predictive Analytics Training with Statistics.com - Jul 19, 2013.
    Learn inside tricks and methods in a new online training course developed by CrowdAnalytix (a Kaggle competitor), in partnership with Statistics.com, the leading provider of online education in statistics and analytics.
  • INSOFE: Master Big Data Analytics Online - Jul 18, 2013.
    Taught by experts who are Carnegie Mellon, JHU, and Stanford alumni, INSOFE programs helped many to become data scientists and get industry certifications and at lower cost than similar programs.


  • Data Marketing 2013, Toronto, Dec 9-10 - Jul 28, 2013.
    Technology and data enable marketers to deliver communications that are much more relevant through effective micro-segmentation, sentiment analysis, behavior prediction and personalization. DATA MARKETING 2013 will address these challenges with a unique approach.


Academic/Research positions


  • Kaggle Belkin Energy Disaggregation Competition - Jul 20, 2013.
    Use machine learning on EMI signatures and other data to understand what appliances are used as a step for providing personalized and cost-effective energy saving recommendations.
  • Large Scale Hierarchical Text Classification Challenge - Jul 19, 2013.
    This challenge comprises three tracks and is based on two large datasets created from the ODP web directory (DMOZ) and Wikipedia. There are 3 tracks: Very Large Scale Supervised Learning; Multi-task learning; and Refinement-learning.


  • Book: Data Clustering: Algorithms and Applications - Jul 29, 2013.
    The chapters are carefully constructed to cover the area of clustering comprehensively with up-to-date surveys, making this book accessible to beginning data scientists and analysts.
  • McKinsey eBook (free): Big Data, Analytics, and the Future of Marketing and Sales - Jul 29, 2013.
    This ebook from McKinsey explores the business opportunities, company examples, and organizational implications of Big Data and advanced analytics.
  • 5 Roles You Need on Your Big Data Team - Jul 27, 2013.
    Getting value from Big Data requires also paying enough attention to people, and is not just about hiring the best talent. Also very important is identifying the roles the companies really need.
  • LionBook Chapter 5: Mastering generalized linear least-squares - Jul 24, 2013.
    After reading this chapter you are expected to improve from a casual modeler to a professional least-squares guru. Losing accuracy is not a weakness but a strength, an opportunity to create more powerful models by simplifying the analysis.
  • CIO 10 Top Big Data Startups - Jul 21, 2013.
    The final ranking is based on reader votes, but also big-name end users, VC funding, the management team and market positioning.
  • Getting Started with Amazon Redshift - Jul 17, 2013.
    Amazon Redshift is a fast, fully managed, petabyte-scale data warehouse service. This step-by-step, practical guide to the world of Redshift teaches you how to load, manage, and query data on Redshift.

Top Tweets

News Briefs

CFP - Calls for Papers


@kdnuggets: Big data is not magic - laws of human behavior are very imprecise and have a lot of randomness #cxo
@marmarlade: #cxo @IBMbigdata A8 "From one conversation with a million, to a million conversations with one."

from IBM July 29, 2013 Tweetchat on Big Data and Customer Segmentation