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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Starter Books for Data Science
Mar05

Starter Books for Data Science

I’m working on a Data Science book list at the moment, but it always takes a little time to get these things sorted out, so I thought I’d get a couple of books up for people who are just looking for a flavour of what Data Science is about. What is Data Science Mike Loukides If your completely new to Data Science and aren’t sure what it means or is about, then O’Reilly have a free 22 page booklet that gives a...

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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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