Algorithms for eyes: How deep learning can help the blind

Algorithms for eyes: How deep learning can help the blind

Algorithms for real-time collision avoidance, geospatial nav, and situational awareness -- coupled with haptic feedback -- may soon provide the visually impaired with invaluable aid

06/22/15

Humans vs. algorithms: Who -- or what -- should decide?

Humans vs. algorithms: Who -- or what -- should decide?

Increasingly, big data algorithms make decisions on customers' behalf. Sometimes they're wrong. Then again, human beings can be even more wrong

06/08/15

No, the data warehouse is not dead

No, the data warehouse is not dead

Every surge in new tech prompts declarations that existing tech is circling the drain, but the data warehouse isn't going anywhere -- in fact, it's healthier than ever

04/13/15

The all-consuming future of cloud analytics

The all-consuming future of cloud analytics

An explosion of use cases is driving runaway growth in cloud analytics -- but can anyone really declare that the cloud is the omega of IT platforms?

03/20/15

Hadoop is probably as mature as it's going to get

Hadoop is probably as mature as it's going to get

Five years ago, Hadoop came roaring into the mainstream as the solutions to all big data problems. Now that reality has settled in, it's time for a more realistic assessment

03/03/15

Analytics and measurements: A recipe for sustainable food chains

Analytics and measurements: A recipe for sustainable food chains

Our food chain is full of waste, but widely distributed sensors and big data analytics together hold potential for dramatic conservation of resources

01/07/15

Busted! The campaign against counterfeit reviews

Busted! The campaign against counterfeit reviews

Fake reviews, either intended to trash a company or artificially inflate its standing, are poisoning the Internet. Here's how machine learning is attempting to stop the counterfeitting

12/23/14

Peeling back the layers of the smarter city

What's the key to making cities smarter? Extend data-driven analytic infrastructure across every aspect of urban existence

12/04/14

When big data is truly better

When big data is truly better

Take advantage of scale when past experience indicates greater analytic value will result. But big data is not a hammer -- nor is every problem a nail

09/04/14

Can a machine detect sarcasm? Yeah, right

Applying analytics to social media? Good luck -- not all words can be taken at face value. Natural language processing helps, but it's no panacea

07/25/14

What's machine learning? It depends on who you ask

As interest in machine learning has grown, its definition has expanded to include a panoply of techniques for automating knowledge and pattern discovery from fresh data

06/23/14

Big data log analysis thrives on machine learning

Huge quantities of log data generated by all sorts of devices opens immense potential for insight, but machine learning is needed to make sense of it

06/18/14

Too big, too small, or just right? Balancing your social connections

An MIT professor analyzes social graph data to find where influence meets connectedness -- and how to maximize it

06/05/14

Never put everything in one database basket, even if it's Hadoop

Those who recommend putting everything in a Hadoop data lake forget some obvious lessons of database history

05/16/14

Machine learning floats all boats on big data's ocean

Machine learning is the unsung hero that powers many of the most sophisticated big data analytic applications

02/28/14

Cognitive computing can take the semantic Web to the next level

As big data analytics pushes deeper into cognitive computing, it needs to bring the semantic Web into the heart of this new age

01/30/14

Big data demands nonstop experimentation

Predictive modeling needs the dynamic experimentation of big data to discern true, underlying correlations. Some organizations are ready for that disruption -- and some aren't

12/12/13

YARN unwinds MapReduce's grip on Hadoop

Hadoop has been known as MapReduce running on HDFS, but with YARN, Hadoop 2.0 broadens pool of potential applications

11/22/13

Sometimes it's OK to treat people like numbers

After all, the customers' own Web activity fuels analytic models, but a caveat: The data can grow too complex

10/17/13

Devops can take data science to the next level

For data scientists, creating a perfect statistical model is all for naught if the compute power required is prohibitive. We need tools to assess the performance impacts of modeling alternatives

09/20/13

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