Analytics Blog

Machine learning: clustering and classification on the campaign trail

*this post originally appeared in Computerworld* Discovering and targeting micro-populations for politics and profit As the election season rampages on, we categorize voters into broad demographics — soccer moms, NASCAR dads, blacks, whites, ALICEs, yuppies — in an attempt to understand and discuss this complex, churning electorate. In doing so we’re tapping into something fundamental about… Read more »


The Need for Open Standards in Predictive Analytics

This week I had the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion at the ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining. The panel discussion was part of the “Special Session on Standards in Predictive Analytics In the Era of Big and Fast Data” organized by the DMG (Data Mining Group). The panel session… Read more »


Making Data Science Matter: Alpine and Pivotal Partnership Offers Complete Set of Tools for Creating Smart Applications

As enterprises rush to integrate data and analytics into their decision making and operations, they continue to struggle with showing concrete results from their investments in big data. Technical IT barriers, organizational friction and siloed data science efforts that often don’t make it beyond PowerPoint presentations all make it difficult to orchestrate the transition from… Read more »


Putting deep learning to work

*this post originally appeared in Computerworld* Hype aside, deep learning can open up new sources of data for business analysis After demonstrating discontinuous jumps in image recognition performance and defeating Korean grandmaster Lee Se-dol at Go, a game long resistant to computer mastery, deep learning has kicked up a swirling cloud of hype. And controversy…. Read more »


A Conversation about Data Science with UC Berkeley

Earlier this month, we were invited by the UC Berkeley School of Information to host a conversation on the real-world applications of data science. It was an honor to be invited and we were happy to host what turned out to be their most popular webinar yet. A worry of any presenter is reaching the… Read more »