009 For the Love of Algorithms – For the Love of Data

Worst Pun Ever: Today, we are talking about Al… Al Gore… Al Gore Rhythms… Algorithms! Definition: a step-by-step procedure for solving a problem or accomplishing some end especially by a computer1 Inputs: Many algorithms use census data or FICO score as one of their prime inputs Plus any custom information you give a website Plus any information they glean about you from other sites (when you visit a site with a Facebook Share button, Facebook can track that you're there17) W...
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008 For the Love of Politics – For the Love of Data

History of Data in Politics First off, 538's podcast, What's the Point did a great four part series on the data of politics that covered the history of politics from the late 1800s through the primaries. So please check out the above links for more context behind this. A brief history of data in politics shows the major ways candidates appealed to constituents progressed along this path: Party Elite chose candidates. Direct outreach - Candidates engage voters directly, including thing...
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007 For the Love of Olympics – For the Love of Data

Fun Fact: The main riff in NBC's Olympic them is from Bugler's Dream (1958) by  Leo Arnaud. History Most believe games started in 776 BC as part of a religious festival in Greece to honor Zeus; however, some evidence suggests it could have started as early as the 10th century BC The stadion race was the first event, a 600 foot race. This may have been the only event for the first 13 Olympics They occurred every four years for twelve centuries, until 396 AD; then there was a...
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006 For the Love of Cheesecake – For the Love of Data

National Cheesecake Day! June 30, 2016 is National Cheesecake Day, a likely commercially driven holiday to which I, for one, am happy to fall victim. Adam's PB Cup Fudge Ripple is one of my favorites and also one of the worst (go figure).   History (#4) Believed to have originated around 2,000 BC in Greece Was served to athletes in first Olympic games as a source of energy Original recipe, documented in 230 AD was: mashed cheese, honey, flour heated into a mass Around...
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005 For the Love of Fireworks – For the Love of Data

News: Big Data falls off the hype cycle: http://www.datasciencecentral.com/profiles/blogs/big-data-falls-off-the-hype-cycle Tableau 10 in beta: http://www.tableau.com/about/blog/2016/4/10-reasons-join-tableau-10-beta-53165 http://www.tableau.com/coming-soon Fireworks! NOTE: Overall, statistics are hard to follow across sites and even different reports from the same groups.    2015 Consumption Statistics: Consumption: 260.7 Million lbs. (Consumer), 24.6 million ...
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004 The History of Hadoop – For the Love of Data

Let me set the stage for you... It's 2003: Chicago just won the Oscar for Best Picture and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is the top selling video game. Apple iPods still have scroll wheels and iTunes just started selling music for the first time. From a tech standpoint, Windows XP is all the rage as the latest Windows OS and folks with a lot of money to spend are buying PCs with a Pentium 4 3.0 GHz processor, 512MB of RAM (or maybe up to 2GB max), and an 80GB hard drive.  Oracle just released v...
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003 The Data of Taxes – For the Love of Data

Huge thanks to @Deepak90Mittal for hanging out with me on this episode! News Prologue: Gartner's Magic Quadrant for BI is out - overhauled methodology, Oracle is out; Tableau and Microsoft (PowerBI) reign supreme! https://www.gartner.com/doc/reprints?id=1-2XXET8P&ct=160204&st=sb) SQL Server on Linux! = millions of geeks rejoice and it may spell the end of Windows in the data center. http://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2016/03/07/announcing-sql-server-on-linux/ http://w...
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