Demo: MapD Wins the Day with GPUs for Big Data at GTC 2014

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In this video from GTC 2014, Todd Mostak from MapD demonstrates the company’s GPU-powered in-memory relational database software for Big Data. The Cambridge, Mass., based startup has built a high-speed GPU in-memory database that brings interactivity to big data. It can, for example, track more than a billion tweets worldwide at a time – and provide real-time visual analysis of the data. MapD was also announced as the winner of the GPU Technology Conference’s Early Stage Challenge this year, and they will be coming home with a cool $100,000 check.

The Zen of Visual Analysis

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“Tableau Desktop is based on breakthrough technology from Stanford University that lets you drag & drop to analyze data. You can connect to data in a few clicks, then visualize and create interactive dashboards with a few more. We’ve done years of research to build a system that supports people’s natural ability to think visually. Shift fluidly between views, following your natural train of thought. You’re not stuck in wizards or bogged down writing scripts. You just create beautiful, rich data visualizations.”

Visualization of the Week: March Madness Analytics

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Here is a great interactive visualization app that combines data analytics with March Madness – a match-up guide for the 2014 NCAA Basketball Tournament. Jay Lewis of 64 to 1 developed a Tableau app that lets us quickly compare each of the 68 NCAA tournament teams head to head.

Yellowfin 7 Analytics Platform for Enterprise-wide Data Discovery

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Business Intelligence (BI) and analytics software vendor, Yellowfin, through its BI platform Yellowfin 7, offers a robust solution for ad-hoc analysis and data visualization for enterprise applications.

Visualization of the Week: Dialect Survey Maps

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New tools for big data visualization are popping up all the time, but rarely do they attract such wide spread attention as the Dialect Survey Maps application which became the most-viewed story last year at The New York Times.

Visualization of the Week: Oscars Dashboard

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The Academy Awards event was held yesterday here in Los Angeles, and there are those technology diehards who tried to combine the creative arts with data science. For example, Adam McCann of Dueling Data created an interactive dashboard showing predictions for the Oscars based on how well the candidates fared in earlier awards, such as the Golden Globes and the British Academy.

Visualization of the Week: Aging TV Network Audience

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The Los Angeles Times ran a front page article today, “For prime time, aging boomers are next big thing” which highlight a distinct trend – broadcast network audiences are getting older.

Visualization of the Week: Winter Olympics Dashboard

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The 2014 Winter Olympics is going on in Sochi, Russia, and Paul Banoub of Viz Ninja has created this dashboard Tableau Public to let us explore the history of the games.

Visualization of the Week: Who Really Won the Superbowl?

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For this week’s top visualization, Nelson Davis of Slalom analyzes the advertising revenue generated by Super Bowl television commercials over the course of the game.

etcML – Free Text-Analysis Tool

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Have you every wondered whether a certain TV network has a specific political bias? Is your favorite news source fair and balanced? A group of Stanford computer scientists have created a website with the ability to answer such questions for free using machine learning technology.