Analytics is not just about patterns in big data

For most people, the term ‘data analytics’ conjures up images of Amazon, Facebook and Google: digitally born companies that gather huge data sets in order to better target products, adverts or services across a huge customer base. This is a guest blog by Nick Clarke, Head of Analytics, Tessella When it comes to really transformational […]

Open data aims to boost food security prospects

Rothamsted Research, a leading agricultural research institution, is attempting to make data from long-term experiments available to all. In partnership with a data consultancy, is it developing a method to make complex results accessible and useable. The institution is a member of the Godan Initiative that aims to make data available to the scientific community. […]

Trump victory: Slap in the face for big data or desperate cry for more?

Stats are the lifeblood of everything, we’re told. Analytics are the new creed, we’re all meant to believe in (and even semi-worship). But overwhelming evidence shows they’re not always that trustworthy. And the fundamental kicker might have come this morning when all those big data predictions on the US election proved so dramatically wrong. Trump […]

AI predicts outcome of human rights cases

An artificial intelligence system has correctly predicted the outcomes of hundreds of cases heard at the European Court of Human Rights, researchers have claimed. The AI predicted the verdicts to an accuracy of 79%, according to the scientists involved. AI is increasingly being used in fields such as journalism, law and accountancy. But critics said […]

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