State of Data Last Week -#35
February 11, 2011 2 Comments
#analysis – Why conversational idioms (like, #dontyouhate) are like ‘sugar rush’ – peaks and wears off fast, but contentious themes (like #Egypt) take longer to catch on – analysis of 500 most popular hashtags and 3B tweets reveal – NY Times version; the actual paper (PDF)
#architecture – Why you should be glad if “214-748-3647” is NOT the most popular phone number in your data store – here is a hint.
#big_data – Super-prestigious scientific journal founded by likes of Graham Bell and Edison dedicates its latest issue to data challenges and opportunities. In a rare gesture the whole collection is free (registration needed). “Big” looks really BIG after reading ‘typical adult brain has ~150 trillion synapses’.
‘Date of birth, gender and ZIP code alone are enough to personally identify 87% of the U.S. population’. Who feels unlucky in that 13% left out?
#DBMS – A whole day of ‘conversations’ with three of world’s most respected ‘Real World Performance Experts’ – ‘dealing with TBs of data, hundreds of thousands of concurrent users – LIVE’ – highly recommended if you are in San Diego on February 21. (‘answer to every question on performance is – “it depends”’. Love it!)
#learning – ‘Data Source Handbook’ – ‘compact guide book to most useful APIs and bulk data sets’ — now available in Safari — e.g., controversial Rapleaf API takes email as input and provides age, gender, interests, and – even – income level.
#visualization – A lifetime of Data Visualization experience in 162 concise recommendations – check-list, cheat-sheet style ‘Communicating Data Clearly Presentation’ (PDF) that covers from Gestalt’s Law of Connectedness to ‘acute angles are underestimated’ to ‘only thing worse than a pie chart is several of them’ to (personal favorite) ‘graphs are for the forest; tables are for the trees”
- How to tell what app someone likes the most just by looking at his/her iPad screen – even if it’s turned off.
- Another acronym we will hear a lot – So-Lo-Mo (Social-Local-Mobile) converging rapidly; coined by John Doerr — Mobile trends slides from Kleiner Perkins presented on Feb 10. Only 32% of Smartphones time is spent in telephony
- Parting thoughts – There’re more millionaires in the world than there are Australians.