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From The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs [Disc 1]

Fat man lookin’ in a blade of steel
Thin man lookin’ at his last meal
Hollow man lookin’ in a cottonfield
For dignity

Wise man lookin’ in a blade of grass
Young man lookin’ in the shadows that pass
Poor man lookin’ through painted glass
For dignity

Somebody got murdered on New Year’s Eve
Somebody said dignity was the first to leave
I went into the city, went into the town
Went into the land of the midnight sun

Searchin’ high, searchin’ low
Searchin’ everywhere I know
Askin’ the cops wherever I go
Have you seen dignity?

Blind man breakin’ out of a trance
Puts both his hands in the pockets of chance
Hopin’ to find one circumstance
Of dignity

I went to the wedding of Mary-lou
She said she don’t want nobody see me talkin’ to you?
Said she could get killed if she told me what she knew
About dignity

I went down where the vultures feed
I would’ve got deeper, but there wasn’t any need
Heard the tongues of angels and the tongues of men
Wasn’t any difference to me

Chilly wind sharp as a razor blade
House on fire, debts unpaid
Gonna stand at the window, gonna ask the maid
Have you seen dignity?

Drinkin’ man listens to the voice he hears
In a crowded room full of covered up mirrors
Lookin’ into the lost forgotten years
For dignity

Met Prince Phillip at the home of the blues
Said he’d give me information if his name wasn’t used
He wanted money up front, said he was abused
By dignity

Footprints runnin’ cross the sliver sand
Steps goin’ down into tattoo land
I met the sons of darkness and the sons of light
In the bordertowns of despair

Got no place to fade, got no coat
I’m on the rollin’ river in a jerkin’ boat
Tryin’ to read a note somebody wrote
About dignity

Sick man lookin’ for the doctor’s cure
Lookin’ at his hands for the lines that were
And into every masterpiece of literature
for dignity

Englishman stranded in the blackheart wind
Combin’ his hair back, his future looks thin
Bites the bullet and he looks within
For dignity

Someone showed me a picture and I just laughed
Dignity never been photographed
I went into the red, went into the black
Into the valley of dry bone dreams

So many roads, so much at stake
So many dead ends, I’m at the edge of the lake
Sometimes I wonder what it’s gonna take
To find dignity

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Louis Aslett makes data science on the cloud a 2 click step away

I was having a few issues with trying to configure the latest version of RStudio Server and the free help was not helpful enough. I came to this wonderful site and it made my job on running R on the cloud for students just a 2 click step. The best thing is lots of goodies come pre-installed.


Why an RStudio AMI?

The RStudio team have done a phenomenal job with making it simplicity itself to install, but there are still several motivating factors which led to me creating this AMI:

  • Although simple, it still takes several minutes to install R and RStudio after the virtual machine is going and this adds up if you do it often.
  • More time consuming is getting all the extras one may want such as LaTeX, Git, etc installed.
  • Of course, ‘simple’ is subjective and there are those who don’t know Linux, but want to use RStudio on a server without ever touching a Linux command line.
  • The EBS-backed AMIs with operating systems on tend to have vast swathes of free space which (as a postdoc of modest means) I don’t like paying to store when putting a machine into a stopped state for hibernation between computational runs! Growing an EBS volume is easier than shrinking one, so having a minimally sized AMI ready-to-go saves effort.
  • Having the full tool stack through to linking a Dropbox account in about 5 seconds means that I can go from zero to having a 36-core machine with over 200GB of RAM with all my code and data synced to a fully functional R environment with all supporting tools in a matter of minutes.
  • At the time of writing I couldn’t find any with the standard Amazon search tools and — in the great open-source tradition — that seems like an itch I should scratch!

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Moving my Meetup Group to a Facebook Group

I am moving the 657 member Meetup Group New Delhi R Users Group

Screenshot from 2015-09-06 15:56:56to the Facebook Group New Delhi R Users Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/865780260143073/


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I dont see the point of paying 30 $ every six months for an obsolete design when FB groups are more free and more easy to operate.  Privacy guidelines and spam control is just a button away on FB. LinkedIn groups are even more different.

Sponsored Post: Wise Practitioner – Predictive Analytics Interview Series: Herman Jopia of American Savings Bank

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In anticipation of his upcoming conference presentation,Driving Superior Growth Through Self-Developed Code, Scoring Modeling, and Price Optimization, at Predictive Analytics WorldHerman_JopiaBoston, Sept 27-Oct 1, 2015, we asked Herman Jopia, First Vice President and Data Analytics Manager at American Savings Bank, a few questions about his work in predictive analytics.

Q: In your work with predictive analytics, what behavior do your models predict?

A: We have developed and implemented attrition, profitability, and response models.

Q: How does predictive analytics deliver value at your organization? What is one specific way in which it actively drives decisions?

A: Predictive analytics helps us to understand our customers and prospects.  In practice that means a better answer to questions like who to target,  what to offer, why it makes sense, and when and how to do it.  For example, our response model for direct mail helps us to manage volume and reduce costs by excluding prospects that have a low propensity of taking the offer; therefore, it drives a lift on our profitability metrics.

Q: Can you describe a successful result, such as the predictive lift of your model or the ROI of an analytics initiative?

A: Besides monitoring the models and metrics, we actually look at how these models impact both growth and profitability.  For example in 2014 our targeted direct mail offers dramatically increased the volume and ……

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