August 14, 2014

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Network analytics: more than pretty pictures

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Network analysis is a rapidly growing analytics domain propelled by the explosion of interest in social networking. The methods rest upon much older foundations in the realms of statistics and social science. Euler’s graph theory was proposed in the early 18th century and Moreno established the foundations for social network analysis (SNA) in the 1930’s. Want […]

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July 15, 2014

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When analytics fails: fueled by randomness

Fueled by randomness

As an analytics professional, it may perhaps be no surprise that I believe in a world which is susceptible to analysis – a world which yields to scientific inquiry. Further, I believe that if we invest effort, if we exert what Kahneman would call our System 2, we can improve decisions and overcome our tendency […]

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July 14, 2014

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Business analytics e-learning courses from SARK7

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Business Analytics E-Learning Courses Developed by SARK7 for Accenture Academy I.  Introduction to Business Analytics FREE ONLINE NOW! ————————————————————— II. Defining the Business Analytics Process Business analytics is a process that transforms data into insights to drive value-creating decisions. It connects organizational problems to data that is analyzed using various methods, software tools, systems, and experts. […]

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July 9, 2014

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Twelve Emerging Trends in Data Analytics (part 1 of 4)

Business Analytics for Decision Analysis

INTRODUCTION Business analytics is a practitioner movement uniting several disciplines to drive value-creating decisions from data.  Central disciplines include IT / computer science, statistics, data management, decision science, and scientific research methods.  Descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive approaches are often used to categorize particular methodological approaches, themselves derived from the fields of business intelligence, financial forecasting […]

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June 27, 2014

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The Cutting Edge: Network Analytics for Financial Fraud Detection and Mitigation

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The application of network analysis to the growing challenge of fraud and financial crime is a fast emerging advanced data analytics frontier. As any good fraud investigation knows, fraud and financial crime are as much deep social phenomenon as aspects of financial transactions gone awry. Thus the application of social network analysis is able to […]

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May 21, 2014

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Our Magical Minds Redux

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A link to a good article proposing that our minds evolved to see patterns and significance, predisposing us to magical and superstitious beliefs: http://theconversation.com/caveman-instincts-may-explain-our-belief-in-gods-and-ghosts-26945 This supports the notion that a major challenge in data science is overcoming our inbuilt behavioral predispositions, for instance the tendency to overfit data samples or to conflate correlation with causation. […]

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May 19, 2014

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Introduction to Business Analytics

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Recent lecture ‘Introduction to Analytics’ given to Erasmus Rotterdam School of Management MBA and MIS students: Summary overview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmG7FJhms2Q Part 1 of 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFYYDrEV4wI Part 2 of 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFYYDrEV4wI Part 3 of 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPsJx427rKE Part 4 of 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1yxe0XjLWg

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April 5, 2014

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Business Analytics as a Decision Process

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A Lighthouse in the Fog: Navigating Stormy Seas Using Business Analytics The amount of data generated globally doubles every two years. In 2012, the world created a staggering 2.7 zettabytes of data, and this figure is expected to surmount 86 zettabytes by 2022. Meanwhile, businesses struggle to maintain their competitiveness in a shifting world of […]

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April 5, 2014

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Business Analytics for Decision Analysis

Business Analytics for Decision Analysis

The Path to Value: Business Analytics-Enhanced Decision Analysis Business decision makers are confronted by a perplexing array of paths branching before them. Each path is complicated by information overload, complexity, and uncertainty. Managers need better ways to navigate the treacherous terrain of decision complexity. Link to online course: https://www.accentureacademy.com/d/course/1000008980/?tabId=304&moduleId=788&GoBackTo=1376B51F In the petroleum industry, Shell and […]

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March 23, 2014

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Financial Model Risk

MODEL RISK: A central implication of the application of advanced analytics in the finance industry is that models, and model-based decision making, is becoming increasingly complex. There are growing risks for financial institutions that have failed to define and adopt formal approaches to model validation. The Deloitte ‘Global Model Practice Survey’ provides insights into financial […]

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