Analytics Trends

Analytics Trends

The first computers were technological behemoths. They were not only feats of technical engineering but physical feats in their own right. Owning a computer was the preserve of the largest of companies, governments and militaries around the world. It was decades before the likes of IBM, Microsoft and Apple...
Dr. Cheryl Richards, the CEO of Northeastern University-Charlotte and Charlotte's 2014 Woman of the Year, spoke to a crowd at Skookum for a Tech Talk about data analytics. Here are some excerpts on analytics in business and how it pertains to Charlotte. On data analytics in business: CEO's are looking to improve their...
Science Friday has an interview up with D.J. Patel, the newly-minted chief data scientist for the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy. Patel, who was previously the data and analytics lead at LinkedIn, discusses making data more accessible to the public and using analytics to improve services...
At the request of Twitter, U.S. intelligence agencies can no longer access Dataminr, a company that mines social media for patterns that might indicate breaking news, analyzes those patterns using algorithms, and then sends out real time news alerts. Dataminr has a vested interest in keeping Twitter happy; not...
Brexit, the U.K. vote to leave the European Union, has already shaken the financial markets and has the potential to affect sectors as diverse as education, the art world, and geopolitics . But the vote does have one small bit of good news-- a data agreement between the U.S....
Love has always been big business. Valentine’s Day spending this year was estimated at a record-breaking $19.7 billion, according to the National Retail Federation’s Valentine’s Day Consumer Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights and Analytics, almost a billion dollars more than in 2015. And as more and more people...
Data touches every facet of our lives. Spotify curates new playlists based on the songs you play. Amazon’s predictive algorithm suggests you buy a bike pump after you’ve purchased a helmet. Hospitals use analytics to save lives by resolving inefficiencies like patient wait times, patient readmissions, and understaffed units....
Well-known Duke Economics professor Dan Ariely once said about big data: “Everyone talks about it, nobody really knows how to do it, everyone thinks everyone else is doing it, so everyone claims they are doing it.” This concept applies to much of data terminology. While many toss around terms...

Sports by the Numbers

When you think of the Super Bowl, you probably think of touchdowns, eating too many chicken wings, and actually watching the commercials instead of just using them for bathroom breaks. But it may be time to start associating the Super Bowl, and sports in general, with the analytics that drive...
The growth and popularity of R programming has been helping data-driven organizations succeed for years. Nearly every industry now sees data and analytics as a strategic competitive advantage, and R is the language of choice for data analyst. Because of its popularity, not only is R helping drive success...