State of Data #74

#analysisWhat’s wrong with BBC’s ‘Bowel Cancer Map’?

‘Adding up the populations for each area, calculated from the deaths and death rates, I get a UKpopulation of 89.75 million.  Since the true figure for 2008 was about 61 million, that’s rather surprising. ‘

#architectureMongoGate – or let’s have a serious NoSQL discussion” based on the original rant/expose (depending on your POV).

Instead of using the relation model, what the NoSQL movement brings to the table is you can now choose from other ways to reach your own hell. You are free to pick KV-stores, Document DBs or other more complex ways of expressing yourself (beneath some SQL-stuff of course).But does this really transcend the current state of the art? Is this really different from SQL-based systems?!”

#big_data‘Big Data’ is essentially about solving performance problems

#Data_ScienceCloser look at Oracle Big Data Appliance

#DBMSCould you use only SQL to ‘find a secret message hidden in a seemingly random collection of words’ (PDF)? How an Australian, a Dutch and a Russian engineer independently solved it.

#idea Is ‘Big Data’ plain evil or just another bubble?

“This is a common characteristic of technology that its champions do not like to talk about, but it is why we have so many bubbles in this industry. Technologists build or discover something great, like railroads or radio or the Internet. The change is so important, often world-changing, that it is hard to value, so people overshoot toward the infinite. When it turns out to be merely huge, there is a crash – in railroad bonds, or RCA stock, or Perhaps Big Data is next, on its way to changing the world.”

‘All your Bayes are belong to us’ – A collection of fun Bayes’ Theorem Problems

#visualizationMethod mined Google Search data to figure out what people REALLY want in a product (e.g., in a tablet)


  • #math In a race between a butterfly and a bat, the latter may finish faster. But, how to compare which one moved the fastest? Strouhal Numberwill help.
  • “NBC’s “30 Rock” rates very highly with European car buyers. Lincoln and Mercury buyers are more likely than other car buyers to watch the Gospel Music Channel.”
    How TV Media planninghas entered ‘The Age of Databases’
  • Most intelligent chatbot two years in a row (Ed: Interested? A great narrative of Loebner Prize, AI and Humanness is in this recent highly readable book)
  • #fromTwitter What is the smallest integer – when written in words – is not identifiable in a tweet (140 char)? Joke/tweet take on Berry Paradox is this.

About Nilendu Misra
I love to learn, create and coach. Things that I do well are - Communicating ideas - verbally or through words and diagrams; Problem Solving - Logical or Abstract; Very Large Scale Systems; think about 'Frighteningly Simple' approach first. Things that I intend to do better are - Establishing Stringent Process; Exchanging Tough Feedback; Keeping up with my reading or To-Do list to be able to completely relax.

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