Tips for making good coffee (and building better teams)

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There are many ways to make coffee.   You’ve got your pre-ground coffee. You’re pre-packaged coffee. Whole Bean coffee.  Self-roasted coffee.  Instant coffee. And as many types of coffee, there are just as many ways to make coffee.  Drip. French Press. Instant. Percolator. Etc etc. For the purposes of this post, let’s look at three ways […]

Always Learning. Or: my attempt to improve my (horrid) programming habits

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I’m the worlds worst developer. Really. I am. I don’t follow best practices and my coding style is the oft-chided “brute force” method. I owe (blame?) my coding style on the fact that the first language I learned was FORTRAN 77 and then quickly I picked up C.  Then…I spent 3 years teaching FORTRAN 77 […]

Context and Data

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A few weeks ago I wrote about Big Data and Small Business. From that post, I wrote: As its defined, big data might be too big for small business, but the concepts behind big data – identifying, collecting, analyzing and using data – aren’t too big. Anyone can use do four steps regardless of business size and […]

Using Twitter Sentiment for Intraday Signals

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This is a cross-post from Trade The Sentiment. Originally published as Using Twitter Sentiment for Intraday Signals. While most of my research on Twitter Sentiment has been for use on larger time-frames (Daily, Weekly, etc), I’ve been very curious about using sentiment for intraday signals. I finally found some time to hack together a script that would look […]

Is Big Data too big for small business?

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Big Data.  Two small words with huge meaning. Do a search for “big data” on Google and you’ll find over 23 million results. Do a book search on amazon for ‘big data’ (affiliate link) and you’ll get over 5,000 results (I’m actually surprised the number is that low). Big Data has a few different connotations.   There are […]

Finding ‘the’ system

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How long have you been looking for that ‘perfect’ system? You know….the project management ‘system’ that will be your savior. Or the governance process that will ensure that your IT group is running ‘right’. Or that Social Media approach that will make your marketing efforts ‘perfect’. Or…perhaps that perfect system that will make you money […]

The one in which I meet a scorpion

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I love the motto “fail fast, fail often”. Its been the driver behind a lot of what I’ve done in my life. There’s been many times that I’ve failed quickly to then turn right around and start again. But…what do you do after you’ve failed just one too many times?   That last failure that just destroys […]

CIO’s – will 2013 be different?

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This post sponsored by the Enterprise CIO Forum and HP. It’s a new year and time for review of 2012.  This coming year is an important one for anyone, but especially for IT and the CIO. In 2012, we’ve seen many more people talking about ‘change’ and having more involvement in owning technology from non-IT pieces of the […]

Comparing Sentiment Extreme Entries with Random Entries – Multiple Symbols

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This is a cross-post from Trade The Sentiment In my post titled Correlations – Twitter Sentiment, AAII Sentiment Survey and the S&P 500 Index I mentioned the following: Using my training data set and the Python Natural Language Toolkit’s Naive Bayesian Classification methods and performing statistical correlations using the Pearson Correlation method, there is virtually no correlation between the overall […]

Correlations – Twitter Sentiment, AAII Sentiment Survey and the S&P 500 Index

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This is a cross-post from Trade The Sentiment I just finished presenting a paper titled Bulls, Bears…and Birds? Studying the Correlation between Twitter Sentiment and the S&P 500 Index at the Business Intelligence Congress 3 in Orlando Florida.  Once the paper is formally published, I’ll share a link to the PDF.  Oh….and the paper won best Research […]