Posts Tagged ‘ applications ’

Marketing optimization with LityxIQ

April 3, 2012
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Marketing is one of the pioneering domains when it comes to applications of predictive analytics to Big Data. (For example, how Target used statistical modeling to predict demographic attribues of customers, like pregnancy, to target coupons.) To get such powerful insights into the hands of marketers, DC-area company LityxIQ provides a cloud-based solution: LityxIQ, "an integrated hosted analytics platform...

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R, Twitter and McDonald’s

March 23, 2012
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R, Twitter and McDonald’s

Ed Chen is a data scientist at Twitter, so he's accustomed to working with big data and complex models. In an interview with MIT Technology Review, he describes his data science toolbox: A common pattern for me is that I'll code a MapReduce job in Scala, do some simple command-line munging on the results, pass the data into Python...

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The Anachronism Machine: The Language of Downton Abbey

March 15, 2012
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The Anachronism Machine: The Language of Downton Abbey

I've recently become hooked on the TV series Downton Abbey. I'm not usually one for costume dramas, but the mix of fine acting, the intriguing social relationships, and the larger WW1-era story make for compelling viewing. (Also: Maggie Smith is a treasure.) Despite the widespread criticial acclaim, Downton has met with criticism for some period-innapropriate uses of language. For...

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R charts used for analysis at Politico

February 10, 2012
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R charts used for analysis at Politico

Zack Abrahamson, the "data whiz" at political analysis site Politico, is apparently an R user. Politico's Feb 10 2012 chart of the day clearly uses the ggplot2 graphics package and (quoting Politico) looks into the disenchanted slice of the GOP that’s not engaged with its party’s primary. And that slice doesn’t like Mitt Romney. People say turnout's down. When...

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Accelerating analytics at MSU with Revolution R Enterprise

February 3, 2012
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Erik Sigur, Information Technologist for the Department of Statistics and Probability at Michigan State University, writes at ReadWriteWeb about using Revolution R Enterprise to provide high-performance computation in R to the researchers in his department: Our search for a more effective version of R ultimately brought us to a product called Revolution R Enterprise by Revolution Analytics, which provides...

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R Chart featured in Facebook IPO

February 2, 2012
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R Chart featured in Facebook IPO

Page 7 of Facebook's 213-page S-1 filing for their record-breaking IPO includes the following chart, under the headline: "Our Mission: To make the world more open and connected". This chart was created using the R language and Hadoop by Facebook intern Paul Butler. (Thanks to the blog IOER Tools for first noticing the inclusion of the chart.) And speaking...

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Analytic applications are built by data scientists

February 1, 2012
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Ventana Research analyst David Menninger was on the judging panel for the Applications of R in Business contest. In a post on the Ventana research blog, he offers his perspectives on the contest, noting that R, as a statistical package, includes many algorithms for predictive analytics, including regression, clustering, classification, text mining and other techniques. The contest submissions supported...

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Announcing the winners of the Applications of R in Business contest

January 25, 2012
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It's with great pleasure that the team at Revolution Analytics announces the winners of the inaugural "Applications of R in Business" contest: Grand Prize ($10,000): Shannon Terry and Ben Ogorek, Nationwide Insurance for 'A Direct Marketing In-flight Forecasting System' Runner Up Prize ($5,000): Jeffrey Breen, Atmosphere Research Group for 'Mining Twitter for Airline Consumer Sentiment' Congratulations to both winners,...

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Visualize your Facebook friends network with R

January 19, 2012
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Visualize your Facebook friends network with R

A few days ago, Romain François explained how to interface with the Facebook Graph API explorer with R. This was a low-level interface, giving the R programmer the ability to the raw data that Facebook can provide about your connections. Now, just four days later, the first application in R (that I know of) based on the Facebook Graph...

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NYT uses R to map the 1%

January 17, 2012
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NYT uses R to map the 1%

Last Saturday, the New York Times published a feature article on the wealthiest 1% of Americans. The on-line version of the article included interactive features like this interactive map showing where your household ranks in the country and in local regions. The print edition, however, included some different (and necessarily static) representations of US wealth data, such as this...

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