The potential of being good

Yesterday I happened to hear talks by two excellent speakers, both on major data mining applications in industry. One common theme was that both speakers gave compelling and easy to grasp examples of what data mining algorithms and statistics can do beyond human intelligence, and how the two relate. The first talk, by IBM’s Global Services Christer Johnson, was given at the 2011 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research (see video). Christer Johnson described the idea behind Watson, the artificial intelligence computer system developed by IBM that beat two champions of the Jeopardy quiz show. Two main points in the talk … Continue reading The potential of being good

Webcast on Analytics in the Classroom

Tomorrow at 11:00 EST I will be giving a webcast describing several term projects by MBAs in my data mining class. Students have been working on real business projects in my class for 4 years now, with many of the projects leading to important insights to the companies who provided the data (in most cases the students’ workplaces). For each of several cases I will describe the business objective; we’ll look at the data via interactive visualization using Spotfire, and then examine some of the analyses and findings. The webcast is organized by Spotfire (now a division of TIBCO). We … Continue reading Webcast on Analytics in the Classroom