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Understanding NoSQL Databases
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Is a NoSQL database better than one that follows the relational model, or vice versa? This is a question not easily answered. As a matter of fact, it may not have an answer at all. It depends on what kind of data the database will be storing, organizing, and manipulating. Once this is known, the ...
The Five Pillars of Amazon Redshift
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Lately, quite a few organizations have decided to speed up query performance with Amazon Redshift. Writing a MapReduce job, testing it, fixing the bugs, then waiting an hour or more as it is run against a Hadoop cluster can be an exercise in patience. Corporations, large and small, are opting for...
Quick Review of Amazon Machine Learning Using Amazon Redshift as a Data Source
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Amazon Machine Learning Announced Yesterday, AWS announced Amazon Machine Learning, which is set to vastly expand the number of companies that will perform machine learning on their data. The benefits of using Amazon Machine Learning is that we can use AWS’s internal algorithms at low cost. With...
Cognitive Biases in Data Science
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We often think of “data” as an objective form of information, as something we just observe and record into computers and write on spreadsheets. In reality, data can be just as subjective as the humans that record it. In scientific fields especially, where empirical methods are used to observe and...
A Brief History of Data Analysis
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As Thomas Davenport and D.J. Patil wrote in an article titled "Data Scientist: The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century" in 2012, data analysis is getting a lot of attention nowadays. It’s taking on an increasingly larger role at all sizes of companies, including small startups. The practice of data a...
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