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Emerging Trends in Data Analytics

July 9, 2014

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

June 27, 2014

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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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Introduction to Business Analytics

May 19, 2014

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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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TedX: Data Science and Our Magical Minds

December 15, 2013

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A TedX talk I gave November 18th 2013 in Rotterdam, Netherlands at the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM). This talk distills many of the thoughts discussed in this blog. If you like it, please forward! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4d1DArZKgo

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Data science as an experimental process: unsupervised and supervised learning

August 17, 2013

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Data Science

As a companion to my recent post “Correlation versus Causation: The Science, Art, and Magic of Experimental Design”, I wanted to offer a more technical exposition concerning data science approaches to focused causal model development. A fundamental question faced by business analytics professionals and data scientists is whether they have a working correlative and causal […]

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Business analytics model risk (part 2 of 5): saving the kingdom, one nail at a time…

June 5, 2013

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For want of a nail...

Business analytics model risk (part 2 of 5):  saving the kingdom, one nail at a time… Following from article 1 of 5 on Business Analytics Model Risk Link to introductory header article (0 of 5) For want of a nail the shoe was lost, for want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for want […]

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Smart City orchestration via analytics-driven economic engineering

March 14, 2013

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Smart City

The Smart City challenge, at root, is a complex ‘system of systems’ problem. Implementing a point solution such as an electricity Smart Grid, can cause knock-on instabilities if not coordinated and architected in conjunction with overlapping urban designs, such as emerging electronic vehicle transportation initiatives or Smart Cloud installations. PRESENTATION LINK: http://www.sark7.com/docs/Smart_City-Financial_Engineering.pdf Macro-systemic instabilities can emerge […]

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Architecting Smart Cities: An Integrated Analytics Platform for Aligning Market-Based Sustainability

March 11, 2013

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Smart City

With 70% of the earth’s population expected to be living in urban settings by 2050, architecting sustainable cities via efficient resource supply chains is a major human imperative.  Whereas the technical infrastructures for advanced ‘smart city’ initiatives have been rapidly developing, an understanding of the associated political and economic dynamics raised by these emerging tools […]

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Architecting the evidence-based firm: technical challenges and organizational approaches

March 6, 2013

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architecting the evidence-based firm

Global organizations are beset by expanding complexity bearing accompanying uncertainty. In the wake of the still-unfolding Global Financial Crisis, an awareness of the destabilizing repercussions of misaligned incentives across an increasingly interconnected world are emerging, whether the frame be the mortgage industry, as per the U.S. subprime mortgage meltdown; securities portfolio management, via reoccurring trading […]

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The Business Analytics Achilles Heel: Organizational Politics

February 20, 2013

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Achilles Heel

The Business Analytics Achilles Heel:  Organizational Politics In spite of overwhelming power and strength, a deadly vulnerability can lead to resolute destruction.  While the current generation likely has seen this in the guise of Star Wars in the form of poor ‘Death Star’ engineering, the ancient Greeks embodied this principle in the myth of Achilles.  It is proposed that organizational […]

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