Deep learning – when should it be used?

Deep Learning vs other approaches

“When should I use deep learning?” I get asked that question constantly. The answer to this question is both complicated and simplistic at the same time. The answer I usually give us something along the lines of ‘if you a lot of data and an interesting / challenging problem, then you should try out deep … Read more Deep learning – when should it be used?

When it comes to big data, think these three words: analyze; contextualize; internalize

change your mindset about big data - analyze, contextualize and internalize

If you don’t know, I’m a bit of a data nerd.  I’ve been writing about big data, data science, machine learning and other ‘new’ stuff for years.  I believe in data science and I believe in big data. I’m a fan of machine learning (but think you probably don’t need it) for the majority of … Read more When it comes to big data, think these three words: analyze; contextualize; internalize

Don’t forget the “Science” in Data Science

Don't forget the science in data science

Just a reminder to everyone out there: This isn’t Data Magic….it is Data Science.  The word ‘science’ is included there for a reason. I would LOVE for magic to be involved in data analytics. I could then whip up a couple of spells and say “abra cadabra’ and have my data tell me something meaningful. … Read more Don’t forget the “Science” in Data Science

Data Analytics – Data Modeling, a Necessary first step

Data Analytics - Data Modeling, a Necessary first step

What do you think of when you hear the term ‘data modeling’? Just typing ‘data modeling’ almost made me go to sleep.  Who am I kidding…I’m a data geek and this stuff is interesting…but some folks aren’t quite as excited by this stuff as I am. Data modeling has many different definitions and connotations.  For … Read more Data Analytics – Data Modeling, a Necessary first step

Data Analytics – The importance of Data Preparation

Data Preparation

How many of you would go sky diving without learning all the necessary precautions and safety measures necessary to keep you alive? How many of you would let your kid drive your car without first teaching them the basics of driving?  While not as life-and-death as the above questions, data preparation is just as important to … Read more Data Analytics – The importance of Data Preparation

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