Book Promotion- Click, Buy, Lie , Die

To build awareness of Eric Siegel’s new, acclaimed book, Predictive Analytics: The Power to Predict Who Will Click, Buy, Lie, or Die (published by Wiley Feb. 19),  an offer ya can’t refuse.
Order the book on April 3 via Amazon ($15) for:

1. Free access to the first of 4 modules of the author’s online training program, Predictive Analytics Applied

2. A 35% discount off the full training ($495), or its in-person version, Predictive Analytics for Business, Marketing & Web ($1,495 – Apr 25-26 in NYC)

3. Automatic entrance into a drawing to receive a pass for any Predictive Analytics World this year (San Francisco, Chicago, DC, Boston, London, or Berlin).

Ajay- at $15 a pop, and quite a nice book, it’s a steal! See book review here–

https://decisionstats.com/2013/02/25/book-review-predictive-analytics-the-power-to-predict-who-will-click-buy-lie-or-die/

 

Analytics Conferences for 2012

NOTE: Early Bird registration for PAW and TAW San Francisco is January 20th – $400 lower than Onsite Price.

CONFERENCE: Predictive Analytics World – San Francisco
March 4-10, 2012 in San Francisco, CA
http://predictiveanalyticsworld.com/sanfrancisco/2012
Discount Code : AJBP12

CONFERENCE: Text Analytics World – San Francisco
March 6-7, 2012 in San Francisco, CA
http://textanalyticsworld.com/sanfrancisco/2012
Discount Code :AJBP12

VARIOUS ANALYTICS WORKSHOPS:
A plethora of 1-day workshops are held alongside PAW and TAW
For details see: http://pawcon.com/sanfrancisco/2012/analytics_workshops.php

SEMINAR: Predictive Analytics for Business, Marketing & Web
March 22-23, 2012 in New York City, NY
July 26-27, 2012 in São Paulo, Brazil
A concentrated training program lead by Eric Siegel.
http://businessprediction.com

CONFERENCE: Predictive Analytics World – Toronto
April 26-27, 2012 in Toronto, Ontario
http://predictiveanalyticsworld.com/toronto/2012
Discount Code :AJBP12

CONFERENCE: Predictive Analytics World – Chicago
June 25-26, 2012 in Chicago, IL
http://www.predictiveanalyticsworld.com/chicago/2012/
Discount Code :AJBP12

MORE ANALYTICS EVENTS:
PAW Düsseldorf: November 6-7, 2012 – http://www.predictiveanalyticsworld.de
PAW London: November 27-28, 2012 – http://www.pawcon.com
PAW Videos: Available on-demand – http://www.pawcon.com/video

PAW Conferences

Message from Predictive Analytics World-

1. IF YOU ARE IN EUROPE:

PAW London is next week, 30 Nov – 1 Dec, plus a workshop from John Elder on 2 Dec. More info: www.pawcon.com/london

2. IF YOU ARE IN NORTH AMERICA: (Happy Thanksgiving!)

The complete agenda for PAW San Francisco (March 4-10, 2012) has been launched.

Super Early Bird: Savings of $600 over onsite registration until Dec 16

More info: www.pawcon.com/sanfrancisco
Register: www.pawcon.com/sanfrancisco/register.php

Rcpp Workshop in San Francisco Oct 8th

 Rcpp Workshop in San Francisco  Oct 8th 

Following the successful one-day master class on Rcpp preceding this year’s R/Finance conference, a full-day master class on Rcpp and related topics which will be held on Saturday, October 8, in San Francisco.

Join Dirk Eddelbuettel for six hours of detailed and hands-on instructions and discussions aroundRcppinline,  RInsideRcppArmadilloRcppGSLRcppEigen and other packages—in an intimate small-group setting.

The full-day format allows combining an introductory morning session with a more advanced afternoon session while leaving room for sufficient breaks. We plan on having about six hours of instructions, a one-hour lunch break and two half-hour coffee breaks (and lunch and refreshments will be provided).

Morning session: “A Hands-on Introduction to R and C++”

The morning session will provide a practical introduction to the Rcpp package (and other related packages).  The focus will be on simple and straightforward applications of Rcpp in order to extend R and/or to significantly accelerate the execution of simple functions.

The tutorial will cover the inline package which permits embedding of self-contained C, C++ or FORTRAN code in R scripts. We will also discuss  RInside, to easily embed the R engine code in C++ applications, as well as standard Rcpp extension packages such as RcppArmadillo and RcppEigen for linear algebra (via highly expressive templated C++ libraries) and RcppGSL.

Afternoon session: “Advanced R and C++ Topics”

The afternoon tutorial will provide a hands-on introduction to more advanced Rcpp features. It will cover topics such as writing packages that use Rcpp, how Rcpp modules and the new R ReferenceClasses interact, and how Rcpp sugar lets us write C++ code that is often as expressive as R code. Another possible topic, time permitting, may be writing glue code to extend Rcpp to other C++ projects.

We also expect to leave some time to discuss problems brought by the class participants.

October 8, 2011 – San Franciso

AMA Executive Conference Center
@ the Marriott Hotel
55 4th Street, 2nd Level
San Francisco, CA 94103
Tel.             415-442-6770

Register Now!

Instructor Bio

Dirk Eddelbuettel Dirk E has been contributing packages to CRAN for nearly a decade. Among these are RQuantLib, digest, littler, random, RPostgreSQL, as well the Rcpp family of packages comprising Rcpp, RInside, RcppClassic, RcppExamples, RcppDE, RcppArmadillo and RcppEigen. He maintains the CRAN Task Views for Finance as well as High-Performance Computing, and is a founding co-organiser of the annual R / Finance conferences in Chicago. He has Ph.D. in Financial Econometrics from EHESS (Paris), and works in Chicago as a Quantitative Strategist.

Predictive Analytics World

Here is an announcement from Predictive Analytics World, the worlds largest vendor neutral conference dedicated to Predictive Analytics alone. Decisionstats has been a blog partner of PAWCON since inception. This is cool stuff!Predictive Analytics World New York October 2011

Video Testimonials: Reasons to Attend Predictive Analytics World Oct 2011, NY  

What’s Predictive Analytics World (PAW) all about and why should you go? See and hear experiences from those who have attended PAW. The video recorded at PAW San Francisco 2011 includes statements from Thomas Davenport, conference chair Eric Siegel, and other conference participants and VIPs.

 

Join your peers October 17-21, 2011 at the Hilton New York for Predictive Analytics World, the business event for predictive analytics professionals, managers and commercial practitioners, covering today’s commercial deployment of predictive analytics, across industries and across software vendors.

Register using the code REDC before June 15th and 10% of your registration proceeds will be donated to American Red Cross Midwest Tornado Relief Effort. Also, take advantage of Super Early Bird Pricing and realize $400 in savings.

Discover new content covering all the latest topics and advanced methods by participating in PAW’s workshops, case studies, and educational sessions.   View full agenda and topics online now.

PAW NYC agenda highlights include:

  • Keynotes from Tom Davenport, President’s Distinguished Professor, Babson College, Author, Competing on Analytics and Eric Siegel,  Conference Program Chair, Predictive Analytics World
  • Special plenary sessions from industry heavyweights, Usama Fayyad, Ph.D., CEO, Open Insights and John F. Elder, CEO and Founder, Elder Research
  • Full day workshops that cover the topics of Decisioning, Core Methods, Net Lift Modeling, Hands-On Intro, Hands-On R, Intro to Predictive Analytics and Intro to Business Analytics
  • Topics covering black box trading, churn modeling, crowdsourcing, demand forecasting, ensemble models, fraud detection, healthcare, insurance applications, law enforcement, litigation, market mix modeling, mobile analytics, online marketing, risk management, social data, supply chain management, targeting direct marketing, uplift modeling (net lift), and other innovative applications that benefit organizations in new and creative ways.
Thomas Davenport
Thomas Davenport
Author, Competing on Analytics
Eric Siegel, Ph.D
VIP from IBM Research (TBA)
Keynote on Jeopardy-Winning Watson and DeepQA
Eric Siegel, Ph.D
Eric Siegel, Ph.D
Program Chair, Predictive Analytics World
Usama Fayyad, Ph.D
Usama Fayyad, Ph.D
CEO, Open Insights
John F. Elder IV, Ph.D
John F. Elder IV, Ph.D
Chief Scientist, Elder Research, Inc.

Become an invaluable resource to your organization by discovering new processes and tactics that your peers are using to optimize with the best methods that leverage data – bringing their business results to the next level.

New Financial Services Track — You Asked and We Delivered

October’s event will include a new conference track of sessions dedicated to the Financial Services industry. This track will feature something for users of all levels, whether you’re deploying your first initiative or learning new ways to position analytics within your organization.


Text analytics. The new conference Text Analytics World,
co-located with PAW NYC, complements PAW’s agenda
with reasonable cross-registration options.

Take advantage of Super Early Bird Pricing and realize
$400 in savings before June 15, 2011.

Note:  Each additional attendee from the same company registered at the same time receives an extra $200 off the Conference Pass.

Register Now!


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All Analytics Conferences: 

Predictive Analytics World for Government – Sept 12-13 in DC
Predictive Analytics World NYC – Oct 17-21
Text Analytics World NYC – Oct 19-20
Predictive Analytics World San Francisco – March 2012
Predictive Analytics World Videos – Available on-demand

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Here comes Cassandra!

What is Cassandra? Why is this relevant to analytics?

It is the next generation Database that you want your analytics software to be compatible with. Also it is quite easy to learn. Did I mention that if you say “I know how to Hadoop/Big Data” on your resume, you just raised your market price by an extra 30 K$. I mean there is a big demand for analysts and statisticians who can think/slice data from a business perspective AND write that HADOOP/Big Data code.

How do I learn more?

http://www.datastax.com/events/cassandrasf2011

Whats in it for you?

Well, I shifted my poetry to https://poemsforkush.wordpress.com/

On Decisionstats.com This is what I love to write about! I find it cool.

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Cassandra SF 2011- Monday, July 11

Free Pass Datastax Cassandra SF

It’s been almost a year since the first Apache Cassandra Summit in San Francisco. Once again we’ve reserved the beautiful Mission Bay Conference Center. Because the Cassandra community has grown so much in the last year, we’re taking the entire venue. This year’s event will not only include Cassandra, but also Brisk, Apache Hadoop, and more.

What’s in-store for this year’s conference?

We have two rooms set aside for presentations.This year we also have multiple rooms set aside for Birds of a Feather talks, committer meetups, and other small discussions.

We’ve sent out surveys to all the attendees of last year’s conference, as well as a few hundred other members of the community. Below are some of the topics people have requested so far.

If you have topics you’d like to see covered, or you would like to submit a presentation, send a note to lynnbender@datastax.com.

What else?

We’ll be providing lunch as well as continuous beverage service — so that you won’t have to take your mind outside the information windtunnel.

We’ll also be hosting a post event party. Details coming shortly.

For more information…

Submissions and suggestions: If you wish to propose a talk or presentation, or have a suggestion on a topic you’d like to see covered, send a note to Lynn Bender at lynnbender@datastax.com

Sponsorship opportunities: Contact Michael Weir at DataStax: mweir@datastax.com

Apache Cassandra, Cassandra, Apache Hadoop, Hadoop, and Apache are either registered trademarks or trademarks of the Apache Software Foundation in the United States and/or other countries, and are used with permission as of 2011. The Apache Software Foundation has no affiliation with and does not endorse, or review the materials provided at this event, which is managed by DataStax.

https://cassandra.apache.org/

Welcome to Apache Cassandra

The Apache Cassandra Project develops a highly scalable second-generation distributed database, bringing together Dynamo’s fully distributed design and Bigtable’s ColumnFamily-based data model.

Cassandra was open sourced by Facebook in 2008, and is now developed by Apache committers and contributors from many companies.

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Overview

  • ProvenCassandra is in use at DiggFacebook,TwitterRedditRackspaceCloudkick, Cisco, SimpleGeo, Ooyala, OpenX, and more companiesthat have large, active data sets. The largest production cluster has over 100 TB of data in over 150 machines.
  • Fault TolerantData is automatically replicated to multiple nodes for fault-tolerance. Replication across multiple data centers is supported. Failed nodes can be replaced with no downtime.
  • DecentralizedEvery node in the cluster is identical. There are no network bottlenecks. There are no single points of failure.
  • You’re in ControlChoose between synchronous or asynchronous replication for each update. Highly available asynchronus operations are optimized with features like Hinted Handoffand Read Repair.
  • Rich Data ModelAllows efficient use for many applications beyond simple key/value.
  • ElasticRead and write throughput both increase linearly as new machines are added, with no downtime or interruption to applications.
  • DurableCassandra is suitable for applications that can’t afford to lose data, even when an entire data center goes down.
  • Professionally SupportedCassandra support contracts and services are available from third partie

Interview with Rob La Gesse Chief Disruption Officer Rackspace

Here is an interview with Rob La Gesse ,Chief Disruption Officer ,Rackspace Hosting.
Ajay- Describe your career  journey from not finishing college to writing software to your present projects?
Rob- I joined the Navy right out of High School. I had neither the money for college, or a real desire for it. I had several roles in the Navy, to include a Combat Medic station with the US Marine Corps and eventually becoming a Neonatal Respiratory Therapist.

After the Navy I worked as a Respiratory Therapist, a roofer, and I repaired print shop equipment. Basically whatever it took to make a buck or two.  Eventually I started selling computers.  That led me to running a multi-line dial-up BBS and I taught myself how to program.  Eventually that led to a job with a small engineering company where we developed WiFi.

After the WiFi project I started consulting on my own.  I used Rackspace to host my clients, and eventually they hired me.  I’ve been here almost three years and have held several roles. I currently manage Social Media, building 43 and am involved in several other projects such as the Rackspace Startup Program.

Ajay-  What is building43 all about ?

Rob- Building43 is a web site devoted to telling the stories behind technology startups. Basically, after we hired Robert Scoble and Rocky Barbanica we were figuring out how best we could work with them to both highlight Rackspace and customers.  That idea expanded beyond customers to highlighting anyone doing something incredible in the technology industry – mostly software startups.  We’ve had interviews with people like Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and Founder of FaceBook.  We’ve broken some news on the site, but it isn’t really a news site. It is a story telling site.

Rackspace has met some amazing new customers through the relationships that started with an interview.

Ajay-  How is life as Robert Scoble’s boss. Is he an easy guy to work with? Does he have super powers while he types?

Rob- Robert isn’t much different to manage than the rest of my employees. He is a person – no super powers.  But he does establish a unique perspective on things because he gets to see so much new technology early.  Often earlier than almost anyone else. It helps him to spot trends that others might not be seeing yet.
Ajay – Hosting companies are so so many. What makes Rackspace special for different kinds of customers?
Rob- I think what we do better than anyone is add that human touch – the people really care about your business.  We are a company that is focused on building one of the greatest service companies on the planet.  We sell support.  Hosting is secondary to service. Our motto is Fanatic Support®

and we actually look for people focused on delivering amazing customer experiences during our interviewing and hiring practices. People that find a personal sense of pride and reward by helping others should apply at
Rackspace.  We are hiring like crazy!

Ajay – Where do you see technology and the internet 5 years down the line? (we will visit the answers in 5 years 🙂 )?
Rob- I think the shift to Cloud computing is going to be dramatic.  I think in five years we will be much further down that path.  The scaling, cost-effectiveness, and on-demand nature of the Cloud are just too compelling for companies not to embrace. This changes business in fundamental ways – lower capital expenses, no need for in house IT staff, etc will save companies a lot of money and let them focus more on their core businesses. Computing will become another utility.  I also think mobile use of computing will be much more common than it is today.  And it is VERY common today.  Phones will replace car keys and credit cards (they already are). This too will drive use of Cloud computing  because we all want our data wherever we are – on whatever computing device we happen tobe using.
Ajay- GoDaddy CEO shoots elephants. What do you do in your  spare time, if any.
Rob- Well, I don’t hunt.  We do shoot a lot of video though! I enjoy playing poker, specifically Texas Hold ’em.  It is a very people oriented game, and people are my passion.

Brief Biography- (in his own words from http://www.lagesse.org/about/)

My technical background includes working on the development of WiFi, writing wireless applications for the Apple Newton, mentoring/managing several software-based start-ups, running software quality assurance teams and more. In 2008 I joined Rackspace as an employee – a “Racker”.  I was previously a 7 year customer and the company impressed me. My initial role was as Director of Software Development for the Rackspace Cloud.  It was soon evident that I was better suited to a customer facing role since I LOVE talking to customers. I am currently the Director of Customer Development Chief Disruption Officer.  I manage building43 and enjoy working with Robert Scoble and Rocky Barbanica to make that happen.  The org chart says they work for me.  Reality tells me the opposite :)

Go take a look – I’m proud of what we are building there (pardon the pun!).

I do a lot of other stuff at Rackspace – mostly because they let me!  I love a company that lets me try. Rackspace does that.Going further back, I have been a Mayor (in Hawaii). I have written successful shareware software. I have managed employees all over the world. I have been all over the world. I have also done roofing, repaired high end print-shop equipment, been a Neonatal Respiratory Therapist, done CPR on a boat, in a plane, and in a hardware store (and of course in hospitals).

I have treated jumpers from the Golden Gate Bridge – and helped save a few. I have lived in Illinois (Kankakee), California (San Diego, San Francisco and Novato), Texas (Corpus Christi and San Antonio), Florida (Pensacola and Palm Bay), Hawaii (Honolulu/Fort Shafter) and several other places for shorter durations.

For the last 8+ years I have been a single parent – and have done an amazing job (yes, I am a proud papa) thanks to having great kids.  They are both in College now – something I did NOT manage to accomplish. I love doing anything someone thinks I am not qualified to do.

I can be contacted at rob (at) lagesse (dot) org

you can follow Rob at http://twitter.com/kr8tr