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August 2014


From The Eponymous Pickle

Nestle and Data Visualization

Nestle and Data Visualization

Quite impressive view of data visualization methods in use at Nestle. Similarities to Business Sphere work at P&G, but appears to be more broadly used.   Implication that much more analytics is embedded in the effort. With an


From Schneier on Security

People Are Not Very Good at Matching Photographs to People

People Are Not Very Good at Matching Photographs to People

We have an error rate of about 15%: Professor Mike Burton, Sixth Century Chair in Psychology at the University of Aberdeen said: "Psychologists identified around a decade ago that in general people are not very good at matching


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 25 August 2014

Interesting Links 25 August 2014

Well I made it though going back to school. Teachers went back Tuesday, we saw our freshmen students briefly on Wednesday and had a full (very full) day of classes on Friday. Today starts the regular routine.

Edutopia says the


From The Eponymous Pickle

Overview of R: What is it?

Overview of R: What is it?

I have had a number of people ask me the question:  What is it?  Who uses it?  I have been surprised that some schools are not teaching it.  It seems more of a tool use for acquired needs.  And is increasingly being used to for


From The Eponymous Pickle

Rethinking Computer Aided Design

Rethinking Computer Aided Design

Quite an interesting article, especially with regard to the integration with 3D printing." ... The future of computer-aided design (CAD) tools, in light of recent developments in three-dimensional printing and additive manufacturing


From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

Scholarships

ACM-W Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences

ACM-W provides support for women undergraduate and graduate students in Computer Science and related programs to attend research conferences. This exposure to the CS research


From The Eponymous Pickle

Guidelines for Great Data Visualizations

Guidelines for Great Data Visualizations

Good thoughts and examples. It is often too how the overall concept of the design works that makes the visualization good.  Further, consider the devices on which the visualization will be delivered, and the extent to which any


From The Eponymous Pickle

Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Management

Brought to my attention:  the Wright State University Department of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management.   Just spoke at their MS program for the fourth year in a row on supply chain technology innovation.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Largest Robot Swarm

Largest Robot Swarm

From Wired:  Another example of robotic swarms.  The idea might be to use a large number of relatively simple robotics to perform a task, the task might be sensory, for example.  We examined a a large warehouse inventory problem


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Why Is 290 Special?

How exceptions in theorems may affect their complexity Cropped from India Today source Manjul Bhargava is a mathematician who just won one of the 2014 Fields Medals. We offer our congratulations on this achievement. He is an


From My Biased Coin

Is the ACM "Retaliating" Against SOCG?

Is the ACM "Retaliating" Against SOCG?

Friday afternoon Jeff Erickson posted at Making SOCG blog some "bad news".  Some background:  very recently, the Symposium on Computational Geometry, or SoCG, decided to leave the ACM, for various reasons.  There had been plans


From The Eponymous Pickle

Big Data and Virtual Reality

Big Data and Virtual Reality

In Forbes:  This sounds new, but we examined similar methods nearly a decade ago.  Is it useful to immerse yourself virtually in your data?  At the time it was found to not be useful, but perhaps now it will with advanced technology


From The Eponymous Pickle

Talk on the New Analytics

Talk on the New Analytics

Giving a talk today at Wright State University on the topic of the 'New Analytics'.  This is the fourth year I have given this invited talk.  This year I am making the case that adding 'non quantative', decision based methods


From The Eponymous Pickle

Revisiting the Industrial Internet

Revisiting the Industrial Internet

I was pointed to a site that shows some of GE's work in the Industrial Internet.  See also a post of mine which links to a former colleague's work in this area Shoumen Datta, and more resources from the Industrial Internet Consortium


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Boats Illuminate Bangkok from Space

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Boats Illuminate Bangkok from Space

Really: To attract the phytoplankton, fishermen suspend green lights from their boats to illuminate the sea. When the squid chase after their dinner, they're drawn closer to the surface, making it easier for fishermen to net


From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

NCWIT - How to Create and Sustain a Women in Computing Group on Your Campus

A Women in Computing (WIC) group on campus can increase members' confidence and enjoyment of their studies, help reduce their feelings of isolation, dispel common myths and stereotypes, and empower members to actively recruit


From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

NCWIT - Recruiting for the Group

Recruit general members:

Current members are natural ambassadors to convey your group’s importance and positive impact. Have them invite friends and classmates. They can also actively recruit at Freshman Orientation and in


From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

NCWIT - Activities for Groups

Activities in the first year might focus on building members’ confidence and sense of belonging. But the impact of your WIC group will increase if it sponsors a broad range of activities. Following are some examples of activities


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wrong Story, Right Story and ROI

Wrong Story, Right Story and ROI

In Innovation Excellence.  " ... From the Innovation Excellence Cities Tour: Sam Ford, Director of Audience Engagement at Peppercomm Communications shares why storytelling is so important to companies - and why stories have to


From The Eponymous Pickle

Supply Chain Transparency Visualization

Supply Chain Transparency Visualization

From Deloitte. Data visualization of risk. Good piece that looks at the application of descriptive analytics for supply chain risk." ... Supply chain transparency is critical for managing rising levels of risk in an environment


From Schneier on Security

Chapter 137 of My Surreal Life

Chapter 137 of My Surreal Life

Someone wrote Sherlock-Schneier fan fiction. Not slash, thank heavens. (And no, that's not an invitation.)...


From Schneier on Security

The Onion on Passwords

The Onion on Passwords

Funny....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Local Short Course on Web Analytics

Local Short Course on Web Analytics

Just reminded of this, I know the people involved and it will be quality.  Useful for anyone involved in the space.The UC Center for Business Analytics is pleased to announce its next short course:Fundamentals of Web Analytics


From The Eponymous Pickle

Need for Stepping up Security in Healthcare IT

Need for Stepping up Security in Healthcare IT

CIO writes on the obvious increased need and compliance complexity.   " ... "We're learning through experience, and what we see happening out there, that more and more of the focus of breaches and attempts to get into systems


From The Eponymous Pickle

Unilever Brand Experiences

Unilever Brand Experiences

Short piece in The Hub on the Unilever Brand experience.  Regarding such topics as sustainability. I followed and reported on Unilever as a competitor and technology innovator for a number of years. See external posts on Unilever


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

CSTA 2015 CALL FOR PROPOSALS

CSTA 2015 CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Time flies when you’re having fun. It seems like just yesterday I got home from this summer’s CSTA conference. But it has actually been a while. And then yesterday I saw the call for proposals for the Annual CSTA conference.


The


From The Eponymous Pickle

Collection of Big Data and Analytics Presentations

Collection of Big Data and Analytics Presentations

David Pittman's selection of recent slide shares on Big Data and Analytics.  He writes:" ... To close out our week of looking at the most popular content from the first half of 2014, we turn to the royalty of shareable content


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Google+ Value

On Google+ Value

I have been on Google+ nearly since its formation, posted now and then. Have participated in Hangouts, which work well.  It integrates well, as you would expect, into a mostly Google ecosystem. But I have not been convinced in


From The Eponymous Pickle

Dealing with Supply Chain Complexity

Dealing with Supply Chain Complexity

Short piece with four simple ideas.  Good place to start, but many details to be completed.   " ... Organisations of all shapes and sizes are faced with their supply chains becoming more complex to support the diverse levels


From The Eponymous Pickle

An Anthropologist at Intel Labs

An Anthropologist at Intel Labs

How and why do companies use anthropologists?    Here a conversation with one at Intel Corp.    Last I know our enterprise had one, though that was not the title used.    Answering questions like "What is the future of technology