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2013 Thank You Note

I would like to write a thank you note to  some of the people who helped make Decisionstats.com possible . We had a total of 150,644 views this year.For that, I have to thank you dear readers for putting up with me- it is now our seventh year.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
13,940 12,153 12,948 13,371 12,778  12,085  12,894  11,934  9,914  14,764  12,907  10,956  150,644

I would like to thank Chris  (of Mashape) for helping me with some of the interviews I wrote here .I did 26 interviews this year for Programmable Web and a total of 30+ articles including the interviews in 2013.

Of course- we have now reached 116 excellent interviews on Decisionstats.com alone ( see http://goo.gl/V6UsCG )I would like to thank each one of the interviewees who took precious time to fill out the questions.

Sponsors- I would like to thank Dr Eric Siegel ( individually as an author and as founder chair of www.pawcon.com ) , Nadja and Ingo (for Rapid-Miner) , Dr Jonathan ( for Datamind) , Chris M (for Statace.com ) , Gergely ( Author) and many more during all these six years who have kept us afloat and the servers warm in these days of cold reflection, including Gregory (of KDNuggets.com) and erstwhile AsterData founders.

Training Partners- I would like to thank Lovleen Bhatia ( of Edureka  for giving me the opportunity to make http://www.edureka.in/r-for-analytics which now has 1721 learners as per http://www.edureka.in/)

I would also specially say Thank you to Jigsaw Academy for giving me the opportunity to create
the first affordable and quality R course in Asia http://analyticstraining.com/2013/jigsaw-completes-training-of-300-students-on-r/

These training courses including those by Datamind and Coursera remain a formidable and affordable alternative to many others catching up in the analytics education game in India ( an issue I wrote here)

Each and Everyone of my students (past and present) and Everyone in the #rstats  and SAS-L community, including people who may have been left out.

Thank you sir, for helping me and Decisionstats.com !

Wish each one of you a very happy and Joyous Happy New Year and a great and prosperous 2014!

Game Review : Google Ingress

  1. Android Only Game
  2. Uses GIS or Google Maps API/ for geo-caching game
  3. Healthy for you- makes players walk from portals to another. You have to be within 40 m of a portal to recharge,capture of attack it.  Makes you really walk a lot.
  4. Addictive and Immersive with impressive follow up media story.
  5. Can be used as base template for other games , and social experimentation
  6. Uses Points, Badges, Leaderboard of gamification
  7. Encourages direct face to face social interaction
  8. Has in game chat facility
  9. Zero in game currency . So no coiners or cheaters here


Google Crisis Map and India’s Cyclone -a great application of GIS /Spatial Data

Google Crisis Map is a good example of how technology can be used for the good of making people live, even though it originally was derived from other applications.


Screenshot from 2013-10-12 18:22:55

Mandatory Screenshot

-Screenshot from 2013-10-12 17:23:01Boingo Mobile’s Hotspot locator is a great example of a way of making GIS make money without being evil.



Google releases new R package for Big Data #rstats

From the Google Open Source Blog-

HistogramTools is a new R package I have released that uses RProtoBuf to read in a compact protocol buffer representation of binned data and includes a number of helpful functions for manipulating, plotting, and measuring the statistical information loss due to the binning. In addition to protocol buffers, it also supports importing aggregate performance data directly from DTrace output.

We rely on several open source tools to make our work easier. The most common tool we use for statistical analysis of the performance, availability, and resource needs of our internal systems is the R programming language.

Nice job!

Screenshot from 2013-10-10 21:28:17
With  Revolution Analytics being supported and funded by Microsoft and Intel and RStudio being founded by an ex-Microsoftie, I think Google does need to step up their R game though. They take and take from the open source community yet barely fund the minimum back to projects like FOAS or R-Core (http://www.r-project.org/foundation/memberlist.html)
Come on Google – share more  stuff with open source R than you do with the NSA!!!
1)  http://decisionstats.com/2009/05/29/interview-david-smith-revolution-computing/

Ajay- What are the major alliances that REvolution has in the industry.

David- We have a number of industry partners. Microsoft and Intel, in particular, provide financial and technical support allowing us to really strengthen and optimize R on Windows, a platform that has been somewhat underserved by the open-source community.

2) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_J._Allaire
After the sale of his company, Allaire became frustrated at the difficulty of keeping track of research he was doing using Google. To address this problem, he co-founded Onfolio in 2004 with Adam Berrey, former Allaire co-founder and VP of Marketing at Macromedia.
On March 8, 2006, Onfolio was acquired by Microsoft where many of the features of the original product are being incorporated into the Windows Live Toolbar.On August 13, 2006, Microsoft released the public beta of a new desktop blogging client called Windows Live Writer that was created by Allaire's team at Microsoft.

Google Drive connects Apps in a few clicks includes Markdown,Notepad Apps

I really liked the work done here- this is both great design and great code.

You can simply connect a whole lot of Google Drive Apps in just a click.

Some examples you can now do in Google Drive-

Fusion Tables, Edit Pictures, Design T Shirts, Write Notepad .

Check out the screen shots and see it your self,

1) Go to https://drive.google.com/

2) Click Create – Red Button-Top Left

3) Connect More Apps

Screenshot from 2013-10-04 16:16:32

4) Select Your App

Screenshot from 2013-10-04 16:17:08


5) Create  a new App type (like  a new T shirt design or Text Document)


Examples here are Notepad, and a Markdown Editor

Screenshot from 2013-10-04 16:25:35


Screenshot from 2013-10-04 16:25:30. That’s right

I counted some 150+ apps. Especially liked AutoCad, Markdown, Docusign, Zoho, Notepad  and even the Music Player that can be connected. Also some new templates that I am yet to check – esp for PPTs.

Does give some permissions to be clicked  though! Now if they could only connect Google Plus to Google Drive so we can work collobratively that would be a ++

Screenshot from 2013-10-04 16:28:32



Google introduces Analytics Academy for e-learning

I really liked this and promptly signed up at https://analyticsacademy.withgoogle.com/course

I of course passed the test some 2 years back-Google Web Analytics IQ test (but its only valid for 18 months)

Digital Analytics Fundamentals

This three-week course provides a foundation for marketers and analysts seeking to understand the core principles of digital analytics and to improve business performance through better digital measurement.

Course highlights include:

  • An overview of today’s digital measurement landscape
  • Guidance on how to build an effective measurement plan
  • Best practices for collecting actionable data
  • Descriptions of key digital measurement concepts, terminology and analysis techniques
  • Deep-dives into Google Analytics reports with specific examples for evaluating your digital marketing performance
  • View lessons from experts

    Watch or read lessons from digital analytics advocate Justin Cutroni, all at your own pace.

  • Test your knowledge

    Apply what you learn in the course by completing short quizzes and practice exercises.

  • Join the learning community

    Engage with other course participants and analytics experts in the course forum and on Google+.

What if Google decides to make Google Contact Lenses

From the Gamification course in Coursera- what a brave new world this could be if we could create minute contacts of Google Glass?

Sight from Sight Systems on Vimeo.


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