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Misconceptions and Fallacies in Analytics Education in India

  1.  Teaching a software and labeling it as analytics education- Some examples are Teaching Analytics with MS Excel (a spreadsheet software) , or Teaching a Statistics or Optimization syllabus and tagging it as Business Analytics.
  2. Promise to teach language X but use cheaper software Y- Examples can be offering to teach SPSS language but using the open source equivalent PSPP
  3. Overcharge for a day or two’s workshop- Albert Einstein could not learn a computer language in 3 days he could just get the basics. Anything priced above 500 $ and less than 4 days training is a simple effort to fool you you are getting your much more than your money’s worth.
  4. Extend training to more than 2 months and then overcharge- This is a failure unless done by an accredited college
  5. Freebies- There is no free lunch. Overcharging and giving a discount is a standard marketing malpractice.
  6. Brand Associations- Brand X is well known but has no credentials in Analytics. So it ties up with a couple of analytics consultants and launches a certificate or certification or diploma program in analytics. Unfortunately this extends to the very very best of Indian education.
  7. Hidden costs also known as We are cheap because we are in India-  Analytics software costs almost the same through out the world ( I did propose a PPP method for pricing software differently). Anyone offering discount because of geography is selling you a bridge in Nigeria or a million dollars in Iraq.
  8. Self Paced Learning-Learn Online for Fee- or Free- No, learning needs interaction and instructors- otherwise all universities in the worlds would have moved the professors to research (?) and offered videos to the students for self learning
  9. Better Much Better Support- Some analytics providers aim to distinguish themselves by saying we give better support. Yet their support team is hidden and mostly the instructor giving support. The best solution is to publish members of support team names as is done in support services industry.

These are personal observations and may or may not be true to every organization. All opinions are mine only.

Teaching R in India #rstats $323 for 6 week course

I submitted a poster to User2013 that was accepted on Teaching R in India- but I could not attend since I was in Canada visiting family at that time

These were some of the experiences I wanted to talk about- but I think I will elaborate on them later

Anyways- I have been able to design a SECOND R course in Bangalore for Edureka-
What happened to the FIRST course I designed in India. Enough said!

But Edureka were different and they work mostly with open source like teaching Hadoop, Android, Cassandra and R- and they are truly world class in their ways (except video editing and websites and social media blogs )
Edureka has worked much more honestly with both students and instructors. I was also able to convince them of the value of limited open access by giving some slides and videos free .
here is the slides for the first class.

The landing page is at
By pricing a 6 week, 24 hour course using Go2Meeting at just $323 ———-
edr
What we are trying to do is disrupt the market for training in two ways-
1) Give better customization and instructor attention than the MOOCs
2) Avoid  obscenely expensive workshops priced above 900$ per 8 hours etc…. from corporates.
The youtube video has got almost 6338 views and the model works best for developing countries like India for spreading R (though we do have an occasional overseas student ). We are currently updating the quality of the video even more as we collect automated response at end of each 2 hour class.
 All slides  and all videos are made free to download forever to the student.
 Got 323$  to learn R in six weeks? Sign up here  http://www.edureka.in/r-for-analytics

New Delhi R Users Group- Noida Chapter Begins

I founded the New Delhi R Users group almost a year ago. It now has 183 members, and we recently held our first Noida Chapter meeting ( Delhi is a huge area, with Noida and Gurgaon as two adjoining suburban hubs). The response was terrific many people attended. ndr

The sessions were divided in two- for beginners and advanced users

This was the agenda

We invite you on the R learning session at Apsidata Solutions on 7th Dec 2013 from 2:30PM-5:00PM.

Our purpose is to cover up the basics of R and its current market and business scope.

We have divided the session in 2 parts-

(PART – I) Introduction and basics graphs of R (by Su  from 2:30PM – 3:30PM)

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·         Basic Introduction

·         Introduction of Statistical Analysis

·         Installation of R

·         What is Package and how to install and use it.

·         R-commander

·         Importing Data in R

·         Hands-on inbuilt functions

·         Graphs

Half an hour break for discussion and queries (from 3:30PM -4:00PM)

(PART – II) – What’s new in R and its market (by Ajay Ohri from 4:00PM – 5:00PM)

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·         Rattle-Data mining

·         R-Studio Sever

·         R-Fiddle

·         Statace

 

 

 

First part for beginners was taken by Su, my student from Edureka 

These were the slides

Part 1

Part 2


 

Overall, we trying hard to develop the R ecosystem in a Microsoft ruled country :)

My Creativity

When not distributing my ideas for free and all kinds of people claiming me as an advisor based on a few emails-

This isn’t a new topic, one of our advisors Ajay Ohri, also the author of Springer’s book on R, wrote about this idea back in 2011   (http://readwrite.com/2011/06/01/an-app-store-for-algorithms#awesm=~ohfvTpPiq6Jmt5).

Some of you know I have been trying to write a movie

todayilearntincanada.wordpress.com

Some of you know I write poetry blog http://poemsforkush.com/  (

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Coming up- a post of the different kinds of dashboards within different social media websites etc.

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.

http://google.org/crisismap/2013-phailin

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.

 

 

Why a shutdown led US default could trigger The Third Opium War

What were  The Opium Wars?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opium_Wars

The Opium Wars, also known as the Anglo-Chinese Wars, divided into the First Opium War from 1839 to 1842 and the Second Opium War from 1856 to 1860. These were the climax of disputes over trade and diplomatic relations between China under the Qing Dynasty and the British Empire.

The import of opium into China stood at 200 chests (annual) in 1729,[1] when the first anti-opium edict was promulgated.[2][3] This edict was weakly enforced,[3] and by the time Chinese authorities reissued the prohibition in starker terms in 1799,[4] the figure had leaped; 4,500 chests were imported in the year 1800.[1] The decade of the 1830s witnessed a rapid rise in opium trade,[5] and by 1838 (just before the first Opium War) it climbed to 40,000 chests.[1][5]

Considering that importation of opium into China had been virtually banned by Chinese law, the East India Company established an elaborate trading scheme partially relying on legal markets, and partially leveraging illicit ones. British merchants carrying no opium would buy tea in Canton on credit, and would balance their debts by selling opium at auction in Calcutta. From there, the opium would reach the Chinese coast hidden aboard British ships then smuggled into China by native merchants. In 1797 the company further tightened its grip on the opium trade by enforcing direct trade between opium farmers and the British, and ending the role of Bengali purchasing agents. British exports of opium to China grew from an estimated 15 tons in 1730 to 75 tons in 1773. The product was shipped in over two thousand chests, each containing 140 pounds (64 kg) of opium.[21]

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British military superiority drew on newly applied technology. British warships wreaked havoc on coastal towns; the steam ship Nemesis was able to move against the winds and tides and support a gun platform with very heavy guns. In addition, the British troops were the first to be armed with modern muskets and cannons, which fired more rapidly and with greater accuracy than the Qing firearms and artillery, though Chinese cannons had been in use since previous dynasties. After the British took Canton, they sailed up the Yangtze and took the tax barges, a devastating blow to the Empire as it slashed the revenue of the imperial court in Beijing to just a fraction of what it had been.

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http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL34314.pdf

China’s Holdings of U.S. Securities: Implications for the U.S. Economy
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Notice how Chinese purchases of US Treasury mirror the rise in Opium purchases.
A technical default by US due to internal politics can enhance conflict and stress between China
It offers a great opportunity for the US to virtually cancel the US debt into half, by going into conflict.
The window of opportunity for US military superiority over China is limited- within a decade China would no longer be a generation behind US Aircraft Carriers.
So the US might just make a huge profit because of the shutdown. Still think that Boehner is crazy?
ps- In 1858, about twenty years after the first Opium War, the annual import rose to 70,000 chests (4,480 tons), approximately equivalent to global production of opium for the decade surrounding the year 2000

Potential Economic Consequences to Western Strike on Assad/Syria

Immediately

  1. Oil goes up.
  2. Rupee goes down
  3. Bonds go up
  4. Stocks go down
  5. Dollar under some pressure

Medium Term

  1. Oil stays >100
  2. Canadian Oil pipeline better likelihood
  3. Russian wrangles or does not some energy deal/benefit
  4. Economic GDP in West inches up
  5. Clear message sent to other nations with WMD including Iran and North Korea
  6. US Distraction encourages spin off ripple effects from other smaller nations
  7. Terrorism or Al Quaeda in Syria comes back

(based on a question asked)

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