“Intel’s goal is to encourage more innovative and creative uses for data as well as to demonstrate how big data and analytics technologies are impacting many facets of our daily lives, including sports. For example, coaches and their staffs are using real-time statistics to adjust games on-the-fly and throughout the season. From intelligent cameras to wearable sensors, a massive amount of data is being produced that, if analyzed in real-time, can provide a significant competitive advantage. Intel is among those making big data technologies more affordable, available, and easier to use for everything from helping develop new scientific discoveries and business models to even gaining the upper hand on good-natured predictions of sporting events.”
Microsoft Research, the research arm of the software giant, is a hotbed of data science and machine learning research. Microsoft has the resources to hire the best and brightest researchers from around the globe. A recent publication is available for download (PDF): “Deep Learning: Methods and Applications” by Li Deng and Dong Yu, two prominent researchers in the field.
Jeremy Howard made a presentation to the Melbourne R meetup group, where he gave a brief overview of his “data scientist’s toolbox” (using a few Kaggle competitions as practical examples), and also provided an introduction to ensembles of decision trees (including the well-known Random Forest™ algorithm).
As a practicing data scientist and big data journalist, I often find myself down in the trenches on pursuit of new trends, products, and services. Earlier this week I attended a local machine learning meetup group event and I came away with a real gem. The presenter mentioned in passing a new cloud service called “Domino” and I rushed back to my office to learn more. I wasn’t disappointed.
I’ve been monitoring a curious and lively discussion over on LinkedIn – “Is it necessary to have a Masters Degree to become a data scientist?” The comments I’ve seen have exhibited a number of points of view on the matter that I think are reflective of the questions on many people’s minds – both those wanting to become a data scientist and those wanting to hire a data scientist.