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Chilean earthquake: impact of the tsunami

March 8, 2010
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Chilean earthquake: impact of the tsunami

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has a page with some interesting information about last week's earthquake in Chile, but what really stood out for me was this chart of the predicted wave heights around the globe resulting from the associated tsunami: Click to enlarge: it's a fascinating chart. Although labelled a forecast, from the explanations on the...

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InformationWeek on Urlocker

March 5, 2010
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InformationWeek published today a profile of Zack Urlocker, the former MySQL executive who recently joined REvolution's board: Former MySQL staffer Zack Urlocker is going to try to do for predictive analytics what he once did for relational database systems: bring open source code to a user population that hasn't necessarily had access to the technology before. REvolution Computing of...

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Because it’s Friday: Why a Salad Costs More than a Big Mac

March 5, 2010
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Because it’s Friday: Why a Salad Costs More than a Big Mac

In the US, at least. Via The Consumerist: Incidentally, the US FDA doesn't publish pyramids like this any more: it's now a garish personalized 2-d triangle with stripes. But at least it doesn't make the error of dimension committed by the left-hand pyramid: that orange section is a hell of a lot larger than 74% of the volume. The...

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More on the Economist’s special report on big data

March 4, 2010
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I totally missed this the other day, but there's much more to that special report on the data deluge in The Economist. (Thanks to readers SB and DN for pointing this out.) There's an total of nine articles in the report (you can find them all in the Related Items box on this page), including a section on business...

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Intelligent Enterprise: You Can Predict that R Will Succeed

March 3, 2010
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Analyst David Stodder at Intelligent Enterprise also noted the activity around R at the recent Predictive Analytics World conference in San Francisco, and he reviews his impressions in a column today. In fact, he attributes the increasing prominence of predictive analytics to R: Possibly the most important factor influencing the spread of predictive analytics is the growing popularity of...

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Analyzing Google’s Winter Olympics Search Traffic with R

March 2, 2010
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Analyzing Google’s Winter Olympics Search Traffic with R

The Official Google Blog today includes an analysis of Google's search traffic related to the recently-concluded Winter Olympics, correlating various high-profile events with searches from particular countries. For example, traffic from the United States shows the expected diurnal cycle but with promintent peaks for the opening ceremony and the hockey matches featuring the USA team: It's not specifically stated...

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MySQL alum Zack Urlocker join’s REvolution’s board

March 2, 2010
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As you might have heard from this morning's press release, we've just welcomed a new member to REvolution's board of directors: Zack Urlocker. Zack has an impeccable open-source pedigree: until recently, he was responsible for engineering and marketing at MySQL, the wildly successful open-source database company recently acquired by Oracle (via its acquisition of Sun). Zack is also a...

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ACM Data Mining Camp, March 20

March 2, 2010
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Following last year's successful unconference on data mining, the Bay Area Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) will again host the 2010 ACM Data Mining Camp on March 20 in San Jose, CA. The event is free and runs from 11:15am - 7:30pm, with an optional 2-hour pre-camp training in the morning. (REvolution Computing is a proud sponsor of this...

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The Economist reports on the information explosion

March 1, 2010
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The current edition of The Economist includes a "special report on managing information", targeting the issue of the information explosion / data deluge / whatever you want to call it these days. It includes the usual attributes of the problem: data is being collected faster than we can store it, astronomers are creating petabytes of data daily, the usual....

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REvolution Computing hiring parallel computing developer

March 1, 2010
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We're looking for a programmer with experience in high-performance computing and the R system to work on the ParallelR suite and other data-analysis projects. Sound like anyone you know? Check out the details at the link below. REvolution Computing careers: Parallel Computing Developer

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