An Appeal to Companies: Leave the Data Behind @kaggle @crowdanalytix_q

A while ago I wrote about the wonderful new age of real-data-made-available-for-academic-use through the growing number of data mining contests on platforms such as Kaggle and CrowdANALYTIX. Such data provide excellent examples for courses on data mining that help train the next generation of data scientists, business analysts, and other data-savvy graduates.  A couple of years later, I am discovering the painful truth that many of these dataset are no longer available. The reason is most likely due to the company who shared the data pulling their data out. This unexpected twist is extremely harmful to both academia and industry: instructors … Continue reading An Appeal to Companies: Leave the Data Behind @kaggle @crowdanalytix_q

Collaborations of Latex and Word users

The two popular text editors used by researchers in academia are LaTex and Microsoft Word. Or, put differently: Microsoft Word and LaTex. In more technical fields, LaTex is king, while in less technical fields, it is Word. In the business school worlds collide. Coming from a technical background, I am a heavy user of LaTex, for research papers and even for book writing. However, many of my business school collaborators (e.g., from fields of Information Systems and Marketing) are Word users. While collaboration platforms such as Google Drive and Dropbox have greatly enhanced collaborative possibilities, including co-editing a document, the Word-or-Latex schism … Continue reading Collaborations of Latex and Word users