Use R for Business- Competition worth $ 20,000 #rstats

All you contest junkies, R lovers and general change the world people, here’s a new contest to use R in a business application

http://www.revolutionanalytics.com/news-events/news-room/2011/revolution-analytics-launches-applications-of-r-in-business-contest.php

REVOLUTION ANALYTICS LAUNCHES “APPLICATIONS OF R IN BUSINESS” CONTEST

$20,000 in Prizes for Users Solving Business Problems with R

 

PALO ALTO, Calif. – September 1, 2011 – Revolution Analytics, the leading commercial provider of R software, services and support, today announced the launch of its “Applications of R in Business” contest to demonstrate real-world uses of applying R to business problems. The competition is open to all R users worldwide and submissions will be accepted through October 31. The Grand Prize winner for the best application using R or Revolution R will receive $10,000.

The bonus-prize winner for the best application using features unique to Revolution R Enterprise – such as itsbig-data analytics capabilities or its Web Services API for R – will receive $5,000. A panel of independent judges drawn from the R and business community will select the grand and bonus prize winners. Revolution Analytics will present five honorable mention prize winners each with $1,000.

“We’ve designed this contest to highlight the most interesting use cases of applying R and Revolution R to solving key business problems, such as Big Data,” said Jeff Erhardt, COO of Revolution Analytics. “The ability to process higher-volume datasets will continue to be a critical need and we encourage the submission of applications using large datasets. Our goal is to grow the collection of online materials describing how to use R for business applications so our customers can better leverage Big Analytics to meet their analytical and organizational needs.”

To enter Revolution Analytics’ “Applications of R in Business” competition Continue reading “Use R for Business- Competition worth $ 20,000 #rstats”

Contest : 2 free passes to Predictive Analytics World

I got some good news from the fine people at Predictive Analytics World.

 you qualify for 2 free passes to the PAW NYC event October 16-20, 2011.  I will be sending you a code to use for registration to receive these passes within the next couple of days.

If you cannot attend our PAW NYC event, please feel free to use these two free passes as a promotional tool within your blog.

Now I have been partnering with PAW for a long time, so it is nice to have free passes. I am grateful for their support of this blog. Therein lies my dilemma. I am in India, and a return ticket from NYC to India costs 1100$. Unless something drastic happens , I dont see myself with that kind of travel money.

Ergo.

I am offering two free passes to Predictive Analytics World . http://predictiveanalyticsworld.com/

All you need to do is – ahem- cough-

  1. like the Facebook Page of Decisionstats.  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Decisionstats/217450141605435 OR
  2.  Add me to a Google circle https://plus.google.com/116302364907696741272/posts OR
  3. Follow me on Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/0_h_r_1

AND


  1. Read one of my poems at my poetry blog at http://poemsforkush.wordpress.com/ and leave a comment with your email id please . It’s a promotion for my next book “Poets and Hackers” due for release in 2 weeks.
The 2 free passes are for any 2 days of the PAW NYC event.  This free pass may not be used for Text Analytics World conference being held the same week.  Please have your Contest winners use the Free Code:  XXXXXXXX.  This code will be good for two uses in registering. 
Thats ‘it. Two free passes , and go for it if you are around NYC in October. NY is a lovely place and I am wearing my red FDNY T shirt as I am typing this.

What do you get?

One of these –http://www.predictiveanalyticsworld.com/newyork/register.php (details awaited!) to

http://www.predictiveanalyticsworld.com/newyork/2011/

Predictive Analytics World Header Image

 

 

Careers in #Rstats

I saw a posting for career with Revolution Analytics. Now I am probably on the wrong side of a H1 visa and the C,R skill-o-meter, but these look great for any aspiring R coder. Includes one free lance opp as well.

http://www.revolutionanalytics.com/aboutus/careers.php

We have many opportunities opening up—among them:

Job Title Location
Pre-sales Consultants / Technical Sales Palo Alto, CA
Parallel Computing Developer Palo Alto, CA or Seattle, WA
R Programmer (Freelance) Palo Alto, CA
Software Training Course Developer (Freelance) Palo Alto, CA
Build / Release Engineer Seattle, WA
QA Engineer Seattle, WA
Technical Writer Seattle, WA

 

Please send your resume to careers@revolutionanalytics.com

2) Indeed.com

Searching for “R” jobs and not just , R jobs, gives better results in search engines and job sites. It is still a tough keyword to search but it is getting better.

You can use this RSS feed http://www.indeed.co.in/rss?q=%22R%22++analytics+jobs or send by email option to get alerts

3) http://icrunchdata.com/

 

I Crunch Data has a good number of Analytics Jobs, and again using the keyword as R within quotes of “R” you can see lots of jobs here

http://www.icrunchdata.com/ViewJob.aspx?id=334914&keys=%22R%22

There used to be a Google Group on R jobs, but is too low volume compared to the actual number of R jobs out there.

Note the big demand is for analytics, and knowing more than one platform helps you in the job search than knowing just a single language.

 

 

 

Cloud Computing by Windows , Amazon and Google for free

Some ways to test and use cloud computing for free for yourself-

  1. Windows Azure
  2. Amazon Ec2
  3. Google Storage

The folks at Microsoft Azure announced a 90 day free trial Continue reading “Cloud Computing by Windows , Amazon and Google for free”

Review of Google Plus

After resisting for two weeks I have decided to write a Google Plus review. This includes both the changed designed parameters, the invite growth features and all of the main sub-items and activities you can do in the G+  Stream, Share, Hang Out, Pictures, Circles.

Since I have 2500 people in my circles and I am in 91 circles

To keep it simple – I have noted the following 6 main sub-points.

1) Content Dissemination-

 

  • Sharing Blog Articles
  • Micro-Blogging
  • Sharing Pictures

2) Online Professional Networking  and 3) Online Personal Socializing

4) Spam Control / Malware /Phishing/Porn Protection

5) Time Cost versus Networking Benefit

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1) Content Dissemination-

  • Sharing Blog Articles

 

Sharing is as simple as Facebook but the design makes it simpler.

Note G+ uses lower number of colors, bigger fonts, slightly bigger icons to reduce the appearance of clutter.

Contrast this

with this-

 

Interesting to see that G+ has four types of media to share- besides writing the status/micro-blog (unfettered by 140 characters). Note these show icons only with hover text to tell you what the icon stands for.

Photo,Video,URL,Location (which seems to be Twitter like in every share)

Facebook has 5 types of Sharing and note the slightly different order as well the fact that both icon and text make it slightly more cluttered- Status (which is redundant clearly ),Photo,Link,Video,Question

G+ thus lacks polls /questions features. It is much easier to share content on Facebook automatically as of now- but for G+ you need to share the URL privately though. There exist G+ meme-s already thanks to re-sharing in G+ plus which seems to be inspired by Tumblr (?).

In addition Google has made your Google Profile the number one SERP for searching your name, so there seem clear tied in benefits of SEO with content disseminated here.

G+ has sharing in circles whereas Facebook has only Everyone, Friends, Friends of Friends ,Customize.  This makes G+ interface slightly better in tweaking the spread of content to targeted audience esp by Bloggers.

  • For sharing Photos– G+ goes in for a whole new separate tab (one out of four) whereas Facebook treats photo sharing less prominently.
  • Google has lesser white space between photos, (The Facebook way used to be just snap photo by iPhone and send by email to auto-post), and the privacy in sharing photos is much better in G+ as the dropdowns in Facebook are not as granular and neither as nifty in icon design.
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  • Also I like the hover and photo grows bigger feature and the auto import from Picassa (but I would like to auto-import into G+ from Flickr just as I can do in Facebook)
  • Google Plus also has a much more detailed version for sharing videos than photos as compared to Facebook  -upload Photo options  versus
  • G+ has much more focus on auto-sharing from mobiles

 

 

 

2) Online Professional Networking  and 3) Online Personal Socializing Organizing Contacts in Google Plus and seperate privacy controls make it easier to customize sharing without getting too complex. You can make as many circles and drag and drop very easily instead of manually clicking a dropdown box. Effectively speaking Facebook has just 4 kinds of circles and it does not distinguish between various types of friends which is great from philosophical point of view but not so goodn enforcing separateness between professional and personal networks. Note Facebook privacy settings are overwhelming despite the groovy data viz

4) Spam Control / Malware /Phishing/Porn Protection 

Spam Control in Facebook versus in Google Plus- note the different options in Google Plus (including the ability to NOT reshare). I am not aware of more enhanced protection than the ones available for Gmail already. Spam is what really killed off a lot many social networks and the ability to control or reduce spam will be a critical design choice

5) Time Cost versus Networking Benefit

Linkedin has the lowest cost in time spent and networking done. If G+ adds a resume section for jobs, recruiters, and adds in Zynga games, the benefit from G+ will expand. As of now G+ is a minimal social network with minimalism as design ethos.

(Zynga would do well to partner with G+)