Opinion

Is big data smart enough to forgive and forget?

Recent events have shown just how appropriate it is that the elephant* is the immediately recognisable symbol for Big Data.  The elephant, of course, never forgets.**  I’m not sure that’s such a good thing in the world of algorithmic behavioural profiling. A story that dominated the UK news pages in recent weeks should make us […]

Why stating predictions with care is a core analytics discipline

I can say, with confidence, everyone reading this is familiar with Predictive Analytics.  It’s called the Weather Forecast.  Not only is it the most familiar example, it’s also one of the most challenging to deliver. And when the predictions don’t quite work out as planned, the most exposed. What has recently befallen the UK Met […]

Analytics spans many dimensions, not just horizontal or vertical

Unfortunately our world still seems to run on black and white thinking.  The infinite varieties of grey are too much for it, when an argument is to be made it appears.  You might have thought that in the world of data and evidence driven decisions things would be different. Absolutism would have no place there, […]

Tractor or farmer: can you automate analytics production?

I’ve just read a blog* that argues, with apparent conviction, that automation is the answer! “The answer to what?” comes the cry.  A very big deal actually – no less than the oft quoted, and very real, shortage of data scientists.  Sounds great. The bad news is, I couldn’t disagree more. In short the argument […]

An intelligent railway, without going all ‘Big Data’

Like others I’ve had to badge my work with the ‘Big Data’ label of late. It has been the only way to get anyone to listen.  This is unfortunate. Data is only interesting when smart use of it drives a change for the better.  This can be notoriously hard to achieve, so it’s little surprise […]

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