Big Data

Can Big Data Pick a Winning Startup?

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Can you predict whether a startup will collapse or succeed? Wall Street and Silicon Valley would certainly like to think so. According to Wired, a handful of independent entrepreneurs and big companies are using data analytics to better forecast whether that hot startup will become the next Uber, or merely the next Pets.com. Click here for analytics jobs. Thomas Thurston, who runs a research firm called Growth Science, told the magazine that his algorithmic simulations accurately predict 88 percent of… continue…

Chicago: Strong in Healthcare and Big Data

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  What’s New This Quarter Over the past couple of years, the evolution of Chicago’s Motorola Mobility division has made headlines time and again. Now things may be settling down: In October, Lenovo Group completed its purchase of the Libertyville-based company from Google, a $2.91 billion deal that guarantees the unit will stay in Chicagoland. As part of the deal, Google will keep many patents and license them to Lenovo, while about 2,000 patents will go to the latter. Lenovo… continue…

Secret Service Wants Sarcasm Detection. That’ll Work Out.

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The Secret Service is in the market for software capable of detecting sarcastic language online, according to the Washington Post. In a note posted on FBO.gov, the agency indicated that it wants a software tool that can perform real-time stream analysis, sentiment and trend analysis, audience and geographic segmentation, access to historical Twitter data and “ability to detect sarcasm and false positives,” among other attributes. Click here to see jobs involving sentiment analysis. “Our objective is to automate our social-media… continue…

For Best Data Analytics, Collaboration is Key

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A new report from research firm IDC suggests that “Big Data” projects yield best results when a company’s IT, analytics, and line of business (LOB) units collaborate tightly together. Seems obvious, right? Except that, as interest in analytics increases among companies, there’s the perception that employees tasked with data crunching can (and should) do their jobs without the involvement of other business units; the rise of powerful “self-service” business-intelligence tools has only emphasized that theme. With many companies’ personnel resources… continue…

Employers Can’t Find Enough Scala Talent

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Some have wondered whether the recent release of Java 8 could be bad news for Scala, which gained fans with its functional programming capabilities on the Java Virtual Machine. Scala’s creator Martin Odersky doesn’t believe it. He’s said the release will bring the Scala and Java communities closer together. And Typesafe, the company Odersky created to support and promote Scala, is touting it as good news for all. Click here to find Scala jobs. “Typesafe is excited to see Java… continue…

The Next Big Data Arena: Fraud Prevention

In the wake of some high-profile data breaches, tech vendors are heavily promoting anti-fraud analytics. continue…

Google Flu Trends Inaccurate, Researchers Insist

This isn’t the first time scientists have suggested the platform, which relies on aggregated data, isn’t tracking the flu with accuracy. continue…

Volkswagen Chairman: Cars Must Not Become ‘Data Monsters’

IT vendors have increasingly turned their sights on the auto industry as a new source of business. continue…

Data Science Is Dead

Not only is Data Science not a science, it’s not even a good job prospect. continue…

Attitude, Aptitude Can Trump Experience in Big Data Jobs

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The hiring landscape for tech professionals skilled in NoSQL is changing as more companies move toward adding Big Data applications to their arsenals. John VanderSande, a Boston-based principal consultant with WinterWyman’s Software Technology Search group, notes that the use of Big Data in business is relatively new, and that while the number of companies utilizing NoSQL is increasing rapidly, the number of people who have the skill set necessary to harness it is relatively small. “There’s that wide gap (between… continue…