Big Data solutions through the combination of tools

[A version of this post appears on the O’Reilly Data blog and Forbes.] As a user who tends to mix-and-match many different tools, not having to deal with configuring and assembling a suite of tools is a big win. So I’m really liking the recent trend towards more integrated and packaged solutions. A recent exampleContinue reading “Big Data solutions through the combination of tools”

Semi-automatic method for grading a million homework assignments

[A version of this post appears on the O’Reilly Strata blog.] One of the hardest things about teaching a large class is grading exams and homework assignments. In my teaching days a “large class” was only in the few hundreds (still a challenge for the TAs and instructor). But in the age of MOOCs, classesContinue reading “Semi-automatic method for grading a million homework assignments”

Improving options for unlocking your graph data

[A version of this post appears on the O’Reilly Strata blog.] The popular open source project GraphLab received a major boost early this week when a new company comprised of its founding developers, raised funding to develop analytic tools for graph data sets. GraphLab Inc. will continue to use the open source GraphLab to “pushContinue reading “Improving options for unlocking your graph data”