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Realising the Benefits of Big Data

Big Data has fully entered the hype phase of the innovation cycle. There are many classic signs of an over inflated bubble about to burst: it seems you can attend a Big Data conference every week and vendors are spinning their existing products as Big Data to name just two. All this hype and over… Read more »

What is Data Science?

The recent surge of hype around the buzzword ‘Big Data’ has largely overshadowed the rise of ‘Data Science’ – which in my humble opinion is a far more important field of innovation and research. So what is data science and where did it come from?   Brief history of data science The term ‘data science’… Read more »

Where are we on the Big Data hype cycle?

At the moment it seems that every other day brings announcements of a new “Big Data” start-up, partnership, conference, report etc. Just about every man and his dog have made some form of press release related to “Big Data” recently. Every week I stumble across some “Big Data” relevant conference or event that I’ve just missed out… Read more »

Data Science Global Hackathon

On Saturday 29th April, teams of data scientists around the world sat down to begin a 24 hour ‘hackathon’. The challenge was to predict air quality given sample data from Cook County, Illinois. Over the duration of the contest, 212 people participated from their homes or venues setup in one of ten cities. The contest… Read more »

Real-time Demographics with Mahout

Here at TUMRA we are building a multi-faceted data processing platform capable of handling unstructured data (text, video, images) as easily as structured and relational data.  Throughout its development we’ve manufactured use-cases to solve that improve the platform with new features and capabilities. So, a couple of weeks ago we decided to focus on improving… Read more »