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The prevalence of big data analytics

Here’s an interesting article from TechRepublic about the growing prevalence of big data analytics: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/big-data-analytics/beyond-hype-70-percent-will-use-data-analytics-by-2013/284 According to this article, members of ZDnet and TechRepublic were surveyed about how frequently their companies used big data analytics in everyday decision-making and processes. … Continue reading

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Article on careers in big data

Here’s an interesting article from the New York Times about jobs in big data. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/12/sunday-review/big-datas-impact-in-the-world.html?pagewanted=all This article describes the stories of two people whose careers involve big data analytics. One Mo Zhou was a Yale MBA who was recently hired … Continue reading

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Thought on Meredith Kahn’s discussion

This discussion gave me a lot of food for thought regarding the future of publishing and the publishing industry. I found the discussion of self publishing to be particularly interesting. I had previously heard some of the stories about self … Continue reading

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Retailers Hope Big Data Drives Big Holiday Sales

Here’s an interesting article from ZDNet  describing how big data analytics could affect the upcoming holiday sales: http://www.zdnet.com/retailers-hope-big-data-drives-big-holiday-sales-7000007810/Specifically, according to the article, the idea of retailers utilizing big data analytics to reveal crucial information about their consumer bases has recently … Continue reading

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BIg data in formula 1 racing

an interesting example of big data showing up in an unexpected venue: http://www.zdnet.com/big-data-in-formula-1-racing-7000006919/ This article from ZDNet describes how “Big Data is arriving in places we don’t oftenconsider. Such as Formula 1 racing, the rest-of-the-world’s NASCAR, whereracing team budgets can … Continue reading

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Big Data Analytics Predict Obama Win

Big Data Analytics Predict Obama Win Here’s an interesting article from InformationWeek   https://www.informationweek.com/big-data/news/big-data-analytics/big-data-analytics-predict-obama-win/240008049?cid=SBX_bigdata_related_news_Big_Data_Analytics_big_data&itc=SBX_bigdata_related_news_Big_Data_Analytics_big_data         which discusses how University of Illinois professor Sheldon Jacobson and American University professor Allan Lichtman have both devised different methods of election forecasting which have … Continue reading

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Infrastructure of the automotive industry

The automotive industry has traditionally been highly important to the global economy both in terms of the goods that it provides and the jobs that it allows for. It directly contributed 3.6 percent to the GDP of the United States … Continue reading

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