Robert Plant, Associate Professor, School of Business Administration, University of Miami, 5/22/2013 Comment now
Most of us think we have a big data set related to our email storage; I personally have about six gigabytes of email. The business school where I reside has about 3 Terabytes of live email storage containing emails going back to around 1995, when we moved to Windows NT. However, this is just a drop in the proverbial email ocean when compared to some ...
Robert Mullins, Technology Journalist, 5/14/2013 Comment now
A newly-released survey shows that the US government is gradually gearing up to develop systems to analyze big data stores to make government more efficient, but that state and local governments in the US are way behind.
Not even a conversation
Forty-four percent of state and local governments aren't even discussing a big data analytics project, ...
Robert Plant, Associate Professor, School of Business Administration, University of Miami, 5/8/2013 Comment now
State-run big data projects are in the news. CISPA and the IRS are trying to monitor our personal data and build big data solutions at the national level. The FBI, MI6, Mossad, and the Russian SVR, among other intelligence agencies, exchange information with one another through technology services such as the NSA and GCHQ.
Daniel D. Gutierrez, Data Scientist, 5/2/2013 Comment now
The effects of big data have touched many areas of human endeavor in a relatively short period of time, so I wasn't completely surprised to learn how it has affected another quaint little segment of society -- birding enthusiasts.
There are many apps available to help us with our taxes, but these apps may come with data-collecting features. This has worried some privacy advocates. According to PC Magazine, a lot of these apps are sharing geolocation data, contact information, and other user data with third parties. This data is used for targeted advertisements.
Susan Fourtané, Science & Technology Writer, 4/26/2013 Comment now
Anyone who has experienced insomnia, or any other form of sleep disorder, knows that having a good night's sleep allows you to function properly with a rested body, good mood, and an alert mind the next day. Indeed, both quality and quantity of our sleep have a great influence in our bodies, especially in the nervous system and the mind.
Robert Plant, Associate Professor, School of Business Administration, University of Miami, 4/24/2013 Comment now
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), working through the US legislative system, is developing into a highly controversial law, and the first real test of governmental big data gathering power.
James M. Connolly, US Correspondent, 4/22/2013 Comment now
You probably don't think about big data analytics having roots in the middle of the 19th century, but consider that, at their core, these projects collect data from a lot of different sources and help analysts establish patterns and even draw some pretty solid conclusions.
Istvan Szegedi, IT Technical Architect, Vodafone UK, 4/18/2013 Comment now
Predictive analytics allows companies to reduce risk, supports more attractive customer experience, and instills better decision making. It is used in financial services, insurance, telecommunications, healthcare... you can name the rest of the industries.
Pig basically simplifies the processes needed to get analytics done through Hadoop on your big data sets.
Like the animal, Pig is not a fussy eater, getting its name from its ability to crunch through data, no matter what form it takes. It acts as a scripting interface to
Hadoop, meaning a lack of
MapReduce programming experience won't hold you back.
Example: Harvey works in a government office, looking to formulate new solutions for his city's parking problems. He knows how to use data, but writing his own mapper and reduce functions is a little beyond him.
Luckily, he's been set up with access to the databases through Pig, meaning he can draw on sources like parking ticket records and population density maps. Taking advantage of Pig's eat-anything attitude, he can also mine topics from a call for email suggestions his department sent to local residents, as well as sensor information about the amount of traffic on the roads. In spite of his limited programming capabilities, Pig allows Harvey to query these data sets and sketch out some draft suggestions he can use to alleviate the local parking problems.