Archive for May, 2013

Predictive Analytics – Eric Siegel Lights the Way

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Predictive analytics is one of the most popular IT terms of our day, and like the others (Big Data, Data Science, etc.), it’s often defined far too loosely. People who work in the field of predictive analytics, however, use the term fairly precisely and meaningfully. No one, in my experience, does a better job of […]

Are You a Data Scientist?

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

I’ve written a great deal during the past few months about Big Data, which is the most annoying, constantly-in-your-face information technology term of recent history. Another term has arisen in connection with Big Data that has generated its own share of hype and confusion: Data Science. I haven’t written about data science until now, but […]

A Preview of Tableau 9: Gauges?!

Monday, May 20th, 2013

If George Peck has his way (Peck wrote the only authorized book about Tableau 8 and has also served as the featured speaker in many of the Tableau 8 Roadshow events), the next version of Tableau will add flashy gauges to its library of charts. Here are his thoughts on the matter, as recorded in […]

A More Thoughtful but No More Convincing View of Big Data

Monday, May 13th, 2013

I have a problem with Big Data. As someone who makes his living working with data and helping others do the same as effectively as possible, my objection doesn’t stem from a problem with data itself, but instead from the misleading claims that people often make about data when they refer to it as Big […]

A Gourmet Tufte Sandwich with Confetti Filling

Friday, May 10th, 2013

This morning, in my personalized list of Google alerts, I spotted a link to a new video by PBS about data visualization. I’m a longtime, avid supporter of PBS, so I was hoping for something useful. I also knew, however, that PBS doesn’t always vet its content adequately (some of the self-help gurus that PBS […]