All posts by Ryan Swanstrom

About the Human Face of Big Data

To start, here is a nice quote from the video. The quote is from Eric Schmidt of Google.

From the dawn of civilization until 2003, humankind generated 5 exabytes of data.
Now we produce 5 exabytes of data every two days.
…and the pace is accelerating

Rick Smolan provides a good talk. He is behind The Human Face of Big Data project. I don’t have a copy of the book, but it looks really intriguing. The talk briefly explains what the book/project is all about.

Interactive Data Visualization for the Web – Free Online Textbook

Interactive Data Visualization for the Web – OFPS – O'Reilly Media is an open textbook for using D3, a javascript library, to merge the following practices.

  1. Data Visualization
  2. Interactive Design
  3. Web Development

The book is in early release and all the sections are available. You are also welcome to comment on any part of the book to help make it better.

Cleaning out an old project

While working on Data Science 201, I was cleaning out some old projects. I found this one interesting, especially since the Christmas shopping season has started.

I named it 34 and More and put it up on Heroku. All it does is query the Google Shopping API and return the results. It works best on very specific queries. Here is an example result for “samsung galaxy player”.

The code is available on Github with an MIT License so you are free to do whatever you want with the code.

Sorry this post does not have much if anything to do with data science.

3 Key Missions For Data Science

Tim Estes, CEO of Digital Reasoning, provides a challenging talk at Hadoop World Strata 2012. Tim challenges Data Scientists to quit focusing on displaying advertisements and start focusing on the following 3 missions.

  1. Security And Freedom of the World
  2. Financial Risk
  3. Health

Take 15 minutes and watch the video. Then be inspired to go change the world.

Data Science: It’s Not All About Business

Recently, a great comment was posted on the list of Colleges With Data Science Degrees. Currently, many of the data science related college programs are being built in the Business Department. While it is great that colleges are starting to build data science programs, data science is so much bigger than just business. This was a nice reminder that data science is used in many fields.

I thought the comment by Bernice Rogowitz said it very well. Here is a copy of the comment:

It’s not all about business!
Some of the posts align data science and analytics with business applications. It’s important to keep in mind that scientists and researchers of all stripes are using statistical approaches, optimization, clustering, outlier detection and data cleansing methods, etc., not just analysts in the business world. In fact, some of the most sophisticated models come from outside of business. And, don’t forget the importance of analytics for finding features in non-structured data, such as images, text, 3-D models and simulations, etc. The large scope for data science and analytics was recently explored in a workshop: http://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/exploratory-seminars/new-multidisciplinary-approach-data-understanding