Thursday, February 16, 2012

Data crunching customer habits

When I first started reading more on big data, I used to feel very lucky. Most of the magazines I read regularly would have articles on big data. Looks like it is possible that an algorithm has identified my reading habits and makes sure I see the big data articles. Nytimes has an article about how retailers like Target use data from our shopping habits to calculate the likelyhood of a life-changing event like a pregnancy, and send us apt coupons that encourage us to shop at their store. Click here for the link.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Crowd source science?

This is so exciting .... Here is a link to how crowd sourcing helped scientists Come up with enzyme designs 18 times more efficient than the lab version. Gamers did it !!!

Tweets as Data

Tweets can be an important source of public opinion. Given the complexity of language structure, how easy is it to successfully translate tweets into quantifiable sentiment? Wsj has an article examining just this question, click here for the link

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

I did not think it was unusual to use more than one monitor. This article in the discusses this question.