Is Big Data and Hyper-Targeting the new Atomic Bomb of Politics?
Jan31

Is Big Data and Hyper-Targeting the new Atomic Bomb of Politics?

A friend recently posted an article about Big Data on Facebook that provides a possible insight on the recent shock vote on Brexit and the election of President Trump in the US. It’s a fasicinating discussion on the use of hyper-targeting and extreme profiling to deliver highly-tailored messages to influence voters. You can read it here – The Data That Turn The World Upside Down Hyper-targeting However I don’t think...

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Gartner’s definition of Dark Data
Jun07

Gartner’s definition of Dark Data

I was reading Ahmed Banafa’s post on “Understanding Dark Data” on LinkedIn, and it got me thinking about Garter’s definition of Dark Data. I may be cynical but I think Gartner’s definition of Dark Data has a lot to do with marketing and selling consultancy. I’d define Dark Data as data you can’t see but you know it’s there by the influence it’s having on other data. Pretty much...

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Data Science MSc – 3rd Intensive Week @ Dundee
Feb27

Data Science MSc – 3rd Intensive Week @ Dundee

Just back from the third intensive week at Dundee. Wow – it certainly lives up to it’s name of intensive – it’s very draining, but very exhilarating at the same time.  We cover an awful lot of ground in a very short time. Stats, Bayesian stats, probability, R, data mining, machine learning, neural nets & D3.js to mention but a few. For those of you who don’t know, I’m dong a part-time MSc at...

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Notes not Blogs – using the Moleskine Evernote notebook
Feb17

Notes not Blogs – using the Moleskine Evernote notebook

Sometimes you have to accept that your quirky idea just isn’t going to cut it in the real world. I really wanted to call this section “Notes” rather than “Blog”, because most of the ideas for it come from my notebook. All the friends and colleagues  I road tested this idea on thought it was stupid – no one would understand what the “Notes” section was about, and would wonder where the...

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Don’t Product Pitch to the Data Scientists
Feb05

Don’t Product Pitch to the Data Scientists

Please Do Not Feed The Data Scientists Product Pitches Data Scientists are interesting bunch of people – they’re generally bright, curious and technically savvy. To have acquired the skills they need, they’ve been around for a while so they’re world-wise. They like ideas, technologies and solutions, but hate waffle and half truths. So if your going to present to a bunch of Data Scientists, do NOT give a product...

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