Dr Eric Siegel updates popular book on Predictive Analytics

Dr Eric Siegel has just released the updated version of his very popular book on Predictive Analytics, Predictive Analytics: The Power to Predict Who Will Click, Buy, Lie, or Die

at http://www.predictiveanalyticsworld.com/book/overview.php

The book which is a bestseller in many categories on Amazon has met with overwhelming praise from industry. One of the reasons is that it is chockablock with real case studies that make it much more easy to learn and execute predictive analytics. I frequently recommend it as an additional book when I am teaching data science online. Here is the link to my 2013 review of the earlier edition




Blogging Conflict of Interest Disclaimer – The book author is also founder of Predictive Analytics Conference, a sponsor of this site since many years.

Analyze Wireshark Data in R

Wireshark is the world’s foremost network protocol analyzer. It lets you see what’s happening on your network at a microscopic level. It is the de facto (and often de jure) standard across many industries and educational institutions.


First, we install Wireshark from the terminal.






Type wireshark from terminal.Screenshot from 2016-01-08 16:43:46

Start capture by looking at Capture Tab and interfaces

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Export data as a csvScreenshot from 2016-01-08 16:45:41


Import file in R to analyze

(from http://www.statmethods.net/input/importingdata.html )

Slideshare for DataScience

I increasingly use Slideshare since the past few years for dumping my Presentations or material I read and want to  share. While Google Docs remains my tool of choice for making Presentations, Slideshare.net is just a one click upload and gets a wide audience for my presentations. I also like just browsing through for stuff as in http://www.slideshare.net/featured/category/data-analytics or searchingScreenshot from 2016-01-02 20:35:53

Plus I can embed it a much easier to read format for a ready to go blog post. Even my latest slideshare on a Py data science tutorial got 8000+ views in a single week ( of Christmas … hmm)


These are my stats (all time and last year). You can get yours at http://www.slideshare.net/insight

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We got the maximum number of views in Year 8 of DecisionStats. Created in 2007, with 191,000 views DecisionStats continues to be one of the largest single author blogs in open source data science.

This year we began our dalliance with Pythonic power.

With the seventh year itch firmly behind us, lets have a rocking 2016. Lets be more honest in 2016!!!

I would like to thank the readers, all 131,258 of you 😉

and the sponsors, Predictive Analytics Conference.



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