New York City Foursquare Data Video

Blake Shaw, a data scientist at Foursquare, gave a great talk at Datagotham. The visualization of New York City check-ins, at the beginning of the video, is simply amazing. It is worth watching the video just for that. However, after seeing that great visualization, you will be persuaded to watch the rest of the video. … Continue reading New York City Foursquare Data Video

Machine Learning from CalTech

Once again, California Institute of Technology will be broadcasting Learning From Data online. This is an introductory course on machine learning. All of the videos are broadcast live, and online homework and discussion forums are available. I have not participated in the course, so I would love some comments about how this class compares with … Continue reading Machine Learning from CalTech

Free Open-Source Statistics Cookbook

Matthias Vallentin, a computer science PhD student at UC Berkeley, has published a Probability and Statistics Cookbook. The book can be freely downloaded in PDF format via the website. Also, the latex source is available on Github. Matthias states that others are free to fork the source and make changes. The book is not a … Continue reading Free Open-Source Statistics Cookbook

Numberfire does Sports Analytics

Have you ever seen the movie Moneyball? It is about winning baseball games with a low budget and great data science (that is a gross oversimplification). Well, Numberfire tries to do that on way more sports than just baseball. Numberfire considers themselves a Sports Analytics company. I had never heard of Numberfire before, and just … Continue reading Numberfire does Sports Analytics

“The Human Face of Big Data” is an intriquing project. Check it out.

Clive Gold

Imagine if you could have interacted with today’s www fifteen years ago. I believe that ‘Big Data’ is going to have an even more profound effect than the internet has had on our lives, our work and even our play! The Human Face of Big Data is a project that is designed to give us a glimpse into this future. (www.thehumanfaceofbigdata.com)

To me this thing that is being called ‘Big Data’ is quite simply a shift in what we use technology for. In the past technology has in general automated what we could already do manually. We could keep customer records, write out purchase orders, hand write notes, even walk over and talk to people! (OK that last one was a lot harder if they lived on the other side of the world!)

The current transition is where we use technology to supplement our brains, which it is said can…

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Data Science for the NFL

This video was different than I expected. I expected to hear how the National Football League (NFL) is using player statistics for better player acquisition and fantasy football. However, the talk was about the NFL business model. The business model of the NFL focuses on filling stadiums. Thus the NFL starting collecting data about why … Continue reading Data Science for the NFL

Coursera Adds 17 New Universities

Just Announced, Coursera adds 17 new universities. Those universities include Columbia and Brown, as well as a few international universities. A few notable courses for data science are: a new machine learning course from the University of Washington, Linear Algebra from Brown, and Natural Language Processing by Michael Collins from Columbia. See the following pages … Continue reading Coursera Adds 17 New Universities