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How to Easily Deploy and Manage Machine Learning Libraries and Tools

By Panos Lampropoulos | April 05, 2016

In recent years, the focus of big data analytics has shifted from simple statistical inference to sophisticated Machine Learning algorithms. Machine Learning (ML) can be understood as a set of analytical tools that collectively derive a model based on a set of observations.  Simple data modeling is now deemed insufficient because it is based on examining trends in data, but often ignores subtle features and can cause data analysts to miss the “big picture”.

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My 2-Minute Drill at the Rice Oil and Gas HPC Workshop: Spark’ing Possibilities for Energy Exploration and Other Industries

By Ian Lumb | April 01, 2015

Spark'ing Scope Creep

I had the fortunate opportunity to present in the disruptive-technology track at the 2015 Rice Oil and Gas HPC Workshop during the first week of March. What I presented during my two-minute drill in this session ended up being much more disruptive than I anticipated.

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Three Biggest Business Drivers for Hadoop in 2015

By Drew Robb | February 28, 2015

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the creation of Hadoop. Over that decade, the open-source software platform has grown into the de facto standard of the big data marketplace. Part of this is due to the overall growth in spending on analytics, which research firm IDC recently said would reach $125 billion this year. But it also is due to the advantages that open-source Hadoop has over proprietary systems.

In December 2014, the online technology community Wikibon issued a report by lead big data analyst Jeff Kelly titled Hadoop-NoSQL Software and Services Market Forecast, 2013-2017. He highlights three problems with traditional database management systems:

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Seismic migration using Hadoop: How did I get here?

By Ian Lumb | January 22, 2015

Aspiring seismologist

I always wanted to be a seismologist.

Scratch that: I always wanted to be an astronaut. How could I help it? I grew up in suburban London (UK, not Ontario) watching James Burke cover the Apollo missions. (Guess I’m also revealing my age here!)

Although I never gave my childhood dream of becoming an astronaut more than a fleeting consideration, I did pursue a career in science.

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4 Bright Topics for the Euro Hadoop Summit: Only 3 Days Left to Cast Your Vote!

By Ian Lumb | January 13, 2015

Shape the program of the Hadoop Summit Europe 2015 with your votes. Is there a better way to demonstrate community? We think not!

The Summit features 6 tracks. By tapping the expertise of our Hadoop braintrust, we’ve submitted 4 ideas to 3 different tracks. Because we’d like to earn your votes, please allow us elaborate.

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