Data Science Book Review: An Introduction to Statistical Learning

ISLWithout any suspense, “An Introduction to Statistical Learning” (ISL) by James, Witten, Hastie and Tibshirani is a key book in the Data Science literature. I would summarize it as a book written by statisticians for non-statisticians. Indeed, while the book “The Elements of Statistical Learning” was heavy on theory and equations, ISL is the practical counterpart. The book is very clear… Continue reading... | 1 Comment


5 Ways in which Data is Empowering Consumers

This is a guest post from William Blears, Founder of Perceptive Digital.

There’s been a lot of talk lately about how data is driving online marketing forward. What you don’t often hear is how this same data is empowering customers to make wiser purchasing decisions. I thought it’d be interesting to highlight five ways in which empowered consumers can benefit from an abundance of available data.

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Book Review: Automate This

Automate-ThisAutomate This is a journey into the world of anything that can be automated, from stock picking to medical diagnosis. The author, Christopher Steiner, excels in telling stories and bringing interesting anecdotes to the reader. Although focused on the trading world, the book explores topics such as automated music creation, geopolitical analysis and poker playing.

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How Big Data Can Help the Little Guy Become the Big Wig

This is a guest post by Jeremy Sutter.


Sometimes, technically minded people feel they are not good candidates for leadership positions. Sometimes, they feel like leadership requires more people skills than they have. However, in the era of big companies and big data, that may be changing. It may be the person with the best information and the best… Continue reading... | 13 Comments


Data Science Book Review: The Master Algorithm

MasterAlgoI recently received a copy of The Master Algorithm, written by Pedro Domingos, to review. While I was reading the back cover, my first impression was skepticism. Indeed, Domingos main idea in this book, is the (future) existence of a so called “Master Algorithm” which will outperform any other algorithms for any kind of tasks.

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Unusual Big Data Use Cases (guest post)

This is a guest post by Khushbu Shah from

Internet today as a collective agency is creating 2.5 quintillion bytes of date on a daily basis and nearly 90% of all of our global data has emerged in the past 2 years.

Looking from an outsider’s perspective Big Data sounds like a good thing, which it is if we can manage to effectively handle it. For… Continue reading... | 4 Comments