State of Data Last Week – Dec 11
December 10, 2010
#Analysis – $3M prize to ‘develop a breakthrough algorithm’ using patient data ‘to prevent unnecessary hospitalizations’.
#Architecture – How much storage do I need for my data? ROT (Rule of thumb) is 8-10x Raw data for OLTP; 2-4x Raw Data for Analytics
#DBMS – Oracle 11g Interactive reference (from Oracle) – good download for quick access to stuff without Googling
#Learning – Stanford CS book on ‘Mining of Massive Data Sets’ (PDF) is truly exceptional.
#visualization – World searched things in 2010 – mostly for Justin Bieber, chatroulette, iPad and FIFA world cup. ‘Swine Flu’ and ‘Slumdog’ both are down.
(Preview) The genius Hans Rosling will do a one-hour special on ‘Joy of Stats’ in BBC.
- Think before you’re bored – analyzing news data shows April 11, 1954 is the most boring day ever since Jan 1, 1900.
- Where to vacation? – Kentucky residents have the most risk of dying from cancer, Utah – the least, Hawaii is next safest (with Sunscreen, I suppose)
- Revenge of the Nerf – blockbuster holiday season. Lego is still reigning king – it’s a “short form of Danish ‘Leg Godt’ meaning ‘play well’”
- Are you smarter than someone from 1800s? MIT Entrance Exam, circa 1869 looks a lot tougher than today’s typical tech interviews