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Big Data

By J.R. Sedivy

Introduction

Beginners interested in learning about big data. What it is, the impact of big data on society, and why we should care.

J.R. Sedivy — Entrepreneur

2 Bernie Madoff convicted thanks to mysterious Palantir technology

Michael del CastilloUpstart Business Journal Technology & Innovation Editor Email |Twitter |LinkedInThe UpTake: A leaked Palantir prospectus reveals some surprising, and not so surprising applications of the mysterious big data company. I t turns out, the largest Ponzi scheme conviction in history was at least in part the result of Palantir's mysterious data analysis software, according to leaked documents, reported

4 One man willingly gave Google his data. See what happened next.

Despite some misgivings about the company's product course and service permanence (I was an early and fanatical user of Google Wave), my relationship with Google is one of mutual symbiosis. Its "better mousetrap" approach to products and services, the width and breadth of online, mobile, and behind-the-scenes offerings saves me countless hours every week in exchange for a slice of

5 Big data's big ideas

Looking back at the evolution of our Strata events, and the data space in general, we marvel at the impressive data applications and tools now being employed by companies in many industries. Data is having an impact on business models and profitability. It's hard to find a non-trivial application that doesn't use data in a significant manner. Companies who use

6 Zilliant CEO: How to turn data into knowledge

Greg Peters, Contributing writer, CEO, Zilliant There's a common belief that companies need to leverage external social data and other external data sources, in other words "big data," in order to improve their business performance. While most companies would agree on the importance of using big data, many are intimidated by the internal resources and hefty investment required to tap

Added by J.R. Sedivy: “Amazon to use big data to implement "anticipatory shipping". Just one example of how companies who collect massive amounts of data will begin using this data to evolve their business and customer experience.

7 Amazon says it can ship items before customers order

Online retail giant Amazon says it knows its customers so well it can start shipping even before orders are placed. The Seattle-based company, which late last year said it wants to use drones to speed package delivery, gained a patent last month for what it calls "anticipatory shipping,'' the Wall Street Journal reports. Amazon, the Journal reported, says it may

Added by J.R. Sedivy: “An interesting response to an individual's question concerning data analytics at Amazon. Appears to sum up the benefits and drawbacks of data-driven decision making quite well.

8 What's it like working with analytics at Amazon?

"In God we trust. The rest please bring data." This is a profile signature of an Amazon employee. I think it summarizes Amazon's obsession with analytics quite well. I left Amazon a few years ago, after working there as a product manager for 2.5 years. Based on my observation, the job was quite analytical, dealing with Excel all the time

Added by J.R. Sedivy: “Given the big data is in its infancy, this field has the challenge of standardized terminology. This is one individual's attempt to document a systematic taxonomy of predictive modeling.

9 Irfan's Taxonomy of Predictive Modeling

We've been circulating pre-prints of Jeremy Howard and Mike Loukides' upcoming paper that extends Jeremy's Strata talk on using simulation and optimization to create actions from data. One of the most interesting results has been learning that a dozen top data scientists have more than a dozen ways of defining modeling, simulation and optimization. I love this unattributed #quote: to

Added by J.R. Sedivy: “Whereas Chapter 1 of this learning flow (Big Data) focused on an overview of "what" and "why," Big Data Now focuses on the deeper technical aspects of these questions as well as providing the "how." Download the e-book for free at Amazon.

10 Big Data Now: 2012 Edition

Big Data Now: 2012 Edition

O'Reilly spreads the knowledge of innovators through its technology books, online services, magazines, research, and tech conferences. Since 1978, O'Reilly has been a chronicler and catalyst of leading-edge development, homing in on the technology trends that really matter and galvanizing their adoption by amplifying "faint signals" from the alpha geeks who are creating the future. An active participant in the

Added by J.R. Sedivy: “This book provides an excellent overview of big data for those new to the subject. The information is mostly "big picture" and provides context of the big data movement - what it is, how it impacts society and business, and why you should care.

11 Big Data

Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think

Amazon Exclusive: Q&A with Kenneth Cukier and Viktor Mayer-Schonberger Q. What did it take to write Big Data? A. Kenn has written about technology and business from Europe, Asia, and the US for The Economist, and is well-connected to the data community.

Added by J.R. Sedivy: “This book provides an excellent overview of big data for the beginner. No technical or previous knowledge required. According to this book, big data has the potential to have a huge impact on individuals, society, and the global economy.

12 Amazon.com: Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think eBook: Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Kenneth Cukier: Kindle Store

Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think

Amazon Exclusive: Q&A with Kenneth Cukier and Viktor Mayer-Schonberger Q. What did it take to write Big Data? A. Kenn has written about technology and business from Europe, Asia, and the US for The Economist, and is well-connected to the data community.

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