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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What is Dark Data?
Jan26

What is Dark Data?

Dark data is all around us, unseen and unused. Data Science has many buzzwords associated with it: big data, Hadoop, Visualization, machine learning … to mention but a few. One of the most recent to trend is that of dark data. So what is dark data ? Simply put, it’s data that has not been (fully) exploited yet. This can be for a variety of reasons. It can be that it’s simply not been analysed, or it may be that...

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Planning: The Learning Data Science Clock v2.0
Jun20

Planning: The Learning Data Science Clock v2.0

I’ve been planning this for a while – The Learning Data Science Clock v2.0. At the end of the article with v1.1 I mentioned that I was thinking about doing an interactive version using HTML5. I haven’t forgotten this, and I’ve been ticking it over in the back of my mind ever since. The original version was done in Adobe Illustrator CC. One of the big advantages of using Illustrator is that it produces scalable...

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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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A very useful blog to watch – Data Science 101
Feb13

A very useful blog to watch – Data Science 101

A very useful blog to watch if your learning about Data Science is Ryan Swanstrom’s Data Science 101 – Learning to be a Data Scientist. It’s also worth digging into Ryan’s archive as his site has been running for 2 years and he’s covered a lot of ground in that time. He’s also been working on a new project called Listudy, but I’ll cover that in a separate post.   Data scientists are...

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