College Basket Ball Final Four Player Map

March is nearly over, but there are still a few games remaining in March madness. It’s one of my favorite times of the year – the college basketball final four. I always find it interesting to explore where the teams recruit their players from, and how successful those players are on the court. So, I put together an interactive dashboard using Tableau and embedded it below. The filters along the top will filter the map and all of the metric charts that are below the map. You can also filter the charts by selecting players on the map.

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Responsive D3.js Charts

D3.js is an amazing javascript library that allows you to create beautiful charts and graphics from data from a variety of sources. I am in the process of shifting to using purely d3 for generating charts for this website, and one of the first obstacles that I had to overcome is making the charts where they would fit in the browser. Unfortunately, d3 charts will not be responsive even if the theme or framework that you are using is. The good news is that this is fairly simple to implement with just a little planning and a few lines of code.

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Fruit Consumption

The health benefits of consuming a diet that consists of the proper amount of fruit has been well documented. The USDA cites lower risk of heart disease and stroke, along with increased weight loss. The United States Centers for Disease Control has released a study that details the total daily fruit consumption by children and adults. I have taken the data and placed it into some easy to digest charts for your consumption below.

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What is the Best Day to Fly

One of the most annoying things about flying is when your flight is delayed. Just a few minutes can set off a chain reaction that could ruin your whole trip, especially if your trip involves multiple flights to reach your destination.

When first looking at the data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, you probably want to avoid the airport on Thursday and Friday. Those days have more instances of flight delays than any other day of the week. Friday topped the list with nearly 34,000 flight delays in December 2014. Thursday was a close second with 28,845 flight delays. However, after taking in to account the actual number of flights on each day, Tuesday is the evil one with half of its flights experiencing a delay. This is interesting because Tuesday is also the day with the least number of total flights.

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Executions in the criminal justice system in the United States are thankfully on the decline. They reached a peak in 1999 when 98 people were put to death nationwide. By contrast, there were only 35 executions in the United States during 2014.

I have put together an interactive Tableau Dashboard below so you can explore the data for yourself. The data is courtesy of the Death Penalty Information Center.

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Bangalore, India (PRWEB) December 13, 2014

Analytics Vidya is an online community dedicated to the study of analytics. They recently released their ranking of various short duration certification courses in Data Analytics and Big Data accessible in India. The ranking included courses either run in India or are available online. While reviewing the courses Analytics Vidya categorized the courses in 5 tracks, SAS, R, Python, Machine Learning and Big Data.

Jigsaw Academy, the online School of Analytics ranked among the top in the fields of the language of SAS, R and Big Data.

“We are extremely proud to have been ranked by Analytics Vidya as among the best certifications in the language of SAS, R and Big Data. In the four years since we began operations, we have trained more than 10,000 students and have helped bridge the huge skill gap in the industry.” says Gaurav Vohra, CEO Jigsaw Academy.

“Our courses are especially created by analytics experts from around the world, to give students a very comprehensive review of the subject, while also making the content easy and simple to understand, even for those who do not have an analytics background.” says Sarita Digumarti,

Under the category, Certification courses for SAS, Jigsaw Academy’s Foundation Course in Analytics was ranked as No. 1. This is what Analytics Vidya had to say about the course, ” The Foundation course from Jigsaw Academy is an ideal first course for your data science career, if you want to learn SAS. The content is lucid and leaves you with enough knowledge on the subject to start your data science career. The coverage of the course is holistic as well – it covers everything from collecting and cleaning data to how to build various predictive models. What I really like about this course is that it makes the journey of becoming a data scientist easier. With its simple step-by-step approach, it is an ideal course for those who come from a non-statistics or a non-programming background.”

In the categories ‘R’ and Big Data, Jigsaw Academywas also rated highly. According to Analytics Vidya, “The Data Science Certification from Jigsaw Academy is a comprehensive offering with good quality content and instructors. This course provides you with all you need to know to become a data scientist. This course will expose you to business case studies and real world problems better than any other course I have come across.”

” If you need a guide or a mentor to take you through the complex world of Big Data – The Big Data specialist certification from Jigsaw Academy might be the best place to start. The biggest USP for this course is that it teaches big data from a data scientist’s perspective rather than from an IT professional’s perspective.” continued Analytics Vidya

The full article can be accessed here.


The Online School of Big Data & Analytics

Jigsaw Academy offers courses in big data and data analytics at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels, as well as specialized courses for specific sectors. Their founders have over 20 years of combined experience in consulting and analytics across multiple industry verticals, having worked for Fortune 500 companies both in India and the United States.

Jigsaw Academy trains professionals from all over the world in data mining, data science, and predictive analytics, equipping them with the data analytics skills that are in demand in today’s workplace. In the last 4 years, they have trained over 10,000 students across 20+ countries in the most widely used data analytics tools through the Jigsaw Lab, a cloud based virtual platform that is accessible to students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our vision of offering an industry-relevant curriculum has led to innovative partnerships with leading academic institutions such as Great Lakes Institute of Management in Chennai, and the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore. Their award winning courses are well recognized in the industry and Jigsaw is the approved analytics training partner for many large organizations including Accenture, Infosys, and Genpact.



Mail: info(at)jigsawacademy(dot)com

Phone: +91-9243522277

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Santa Barbara, CA (PRWEB) December 15, 2014

With an updated name and renewed vision, Predictive Analytics World (PAW) for Business is set to make waves at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis from March 29 – April 2, 2015.

The new PAW Business moniker will make its appearance at San Francisco, to be followed by PAW Business events in Chicago, Boston, London and Berlin.

“Over the past 12 months we have launched industry-specific PAW events that spotlight the role of predictive analytics in manufacturing, government, healthcare and the workforce,” Adam Kahn, Chief Operating Officer of Rising Media noted. “It was a natural evolution of the PAW brand to add business to accurately illustrate PAW’s concentration on business applications.”

PAW Business is making its 2015 debut with an action-packed San Francisco agenda. Talks will center on hot topics and advanced analytical methods in predictive retail analytics, targeted marketing with predictive analytics, insurance applications of predictive analytics, analytics in gaming, uplift modeling, and much more.

3 World-Renowned Keynote Speakers

The San Francisco conference kicks off on Tuesday, March 31, as Dean Abbott, Co-Founder and Chief Data Scientist of Smarter Remarketer, discusses The Revolution in Retail Customer Intelligence.

After lunch, Jack Levis, Senior Director of Project Management at UPS will take the stage. Back by popular demand, Levis will present his insightful keynote on UPS Analytics – The Road to Optimization.

On the final day, Bin Mu, Vice President of Business Analytics at MetLife – will give attendees an insider’s perspective on Advances in Predictive Analytics Deployment at MetLife.

5 Co-Located Analytics Events

This year, PAW Business San Francisco is co-located with not one, but five related analytics events in its downtown location:

1.    Predictive Analytics World for Workforce

2.    Text Analytics World

3.    eMetrics Summit

4.    Affiliate Management Days

5.    Predictive Analytics Times Executive Breakfast

In particular, a number of business leaders are prioritizing attendance at the inaugural PAW Workforce 2015. At this event, attendees will learn how predictive analytics improves workforce retention, reduces attrition, boosts productivity, and drives down costs.

Attendees can purchase Combo passes for these events on the PAW Business registration webpage.

Super Early Bird Savings

Register by December 19th for PAW Business San Francisco (March 29 – April 2, 2015) and save up to $ 650 off the full price.

View the full agenda and see all of the in-depth sessions and workshops available.

About Predictive Analytics World for Business

Predictive Analytics World for Business is a world-renowned, business-focused event for predictive analytics professionals, managers and commercial practitioners. This conference delivers case studies, expertise and resources to achieve:

    Bigger wins: Strengthen the impact of predictive analytics deployment
    Broader capabilities: Establish new opportunities in data science
    Big data: Leverage bigger data for prediction and drive bigger value

The only conference of its kind, Predictive Analytics World for Business covers a wide range of business applications across industry sectors, including marketing, credit scoring, insurance, fraud detection, web optimization and much more.

About Rising Media Events

Rising Media events provide cutting-edge, practical knowledge for business professionals to improve their day-to-day effectiveness and drive higher returns for their organizations. Attendees learn from leading experts and share knowledge with each other, as well as interacting with innovative vendors in the space. Each event brings together the best and the brightest, creating a forum for insight, energetic exchange and informed purchasing.

About Rising Media

Rising Media is a global events producer excelling in Internet and technology-related conferences and exhibitions. Rising Media-produced events include Data Driven Business, the eMetrics Summit, Conversion Conference, PAW Business, PAW Workforce, PAW Healthcare, PAW Government, PAW Manufacturing, Text Analytics World, Affiliate Management Days, Evolve with Google Analytics, Media Analytics Summit, Marketing Operations & Technology Summit, Building Business Capability, Social Media Economy Days, Web Effectiveness Conference, Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo, Inside BitCoins, AllFacebook Marketing Conference, Digital Analytics Hub, Search Marketing Expo, SemTech and Social Gaming Summit in the US, UK, France, Germany, Sweden, Finland and Australia.

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Bingham Farms, MI (PRWEB) December 16, 2014

Database Trends and Applications is a magazine covering data and information management, big data, and data science. In addition, the website,, connects visitors with white papers, webinars, and other learning opportunities in the field. The magazine and website deliver advanced trends analysis and case studies serving the IT and business stakeholders of complex data environments.

In accordance with DBTA’s constant search for truly unique and advanced IT products that are of high value to organizations trying to deal cost-effectively with Big Data issues, DBTA identified the Scientel Gensonix NoSQL DB as a trend-setting product in this global arena. Please read the full article here.

GENSONIX NoSQL DB incorporates the 7 major NewSQL features namely: Multi-Modeling, Document Stores, NSQL Language, SQL Queries (Tables), Transaction Processing, MPP on HPC and Never-Slow technology which altogether solves the various Big Data problems dealing with Volume, Velocity, Variety, Variability, and Veracity resulting in ultimate Value. These capabilities, which truly classify Gensonix as a Polymorphic DB, place Gensonix in its own class as an “ALL-in-One SQL”—an “All Data Management System” in the form of an ultra-flexible, NoSQL DBMS of perfectly general capabilities and application potentials. It can also function in concert with mainline SQL systems to efficiently handle both structured and unstructured data as a large data warehouse repository. GENSONIX can be configured to handle trillions of rows/transactions for billions of customers.

Business customers, Scientific, Government, and similar organizations can take advantage of Scientel’s capabilities in advanced Business Intelligence and Data Analytics to grow their business by handling Big Data more cost-effectively and with greater insights to remain competitive instead of being swamped by it. Scientel’s advanced IT, NoSQL DB, and general data-handling capabilities span the range from small to large in both the applications and organizational senses; i.e., from “small data” to “Big Data”, however these are defined for each IT environment. These are only some of the reasons DBTA magazine chose Scientel and Gensonix NoSQL DB as a trend-setting product of 2014.

About Scientel Information Technology, Inc.

Scientel Information Technology, Inc. is a U.S.-based, international, systems technology company, operational since 1977. Scientel also designs/produces highly optimized high end servers, which can be bundled with its “GENSONIX® ENTERPRISE” DBMS software, as a single-source supplier of complete systems for Big Data environments. Scientel also customizes hardware and software for specific applications resulting in higher performance.

Scientel’s specialty is advanced NoSQL DBMS design and applications/systems integration for advanced business processes. This includes applications for Big Data, commercial intranets, Supply Chain management, IT consulting, support, etc., along with “beyond mainframe-level” Large Data Warehouse Appliance hardware/systems.

GENSONIX® allows very user-friendly data manipulation capabilities found in standard, SQL-based, database management systems, but it goes beyond. It is truly an “ALL-in-One SQL” — an “All Data Management System” in the form of an ultra-flexible, NoSQL DBMS of perfectly general capabilities and application potentials. It can also function in concert with mainline SQL systems to efficiently handle both structured and unstructured data as a large data warehouse repository. However, it can handle heavy database loads by itself with the aid of the GENSONIX® NSQL©™ query/procedural language. GENSONIX® supports both telnet as well as http interfaces. GENSONIX® is capable of handling trillions of rows/transactions for billions of customers, which is a huge advantage in “truly Big Data” structured applications.

Business customers can take advantage of Scientel’s capabilities in advanced Business Intelligence and Data Analytics to grow their business by handling Big Data more cost-effectively and with greater insights to remain competitive. Scientific, government, and similar organizations can use these capabilities to efficiently process Big Data, instead of being swamped by it. And, Scientel’s Enterprise Content Management & Search solutions can vastly simplify storage, access, and management of any kind of digitized data for any size organization.

(PRWEB) December 18, 2014

Being part of the EMA stakeholder database has several advantages for PhUSE and PhUSE members. PhUSE is able to be identified by the EMA in relation to any issue under discussion by the EMA and for which interaction with the stakeholder is needed/sought after. PhUSE will receive information and potential invitations for participation in EMA conferences, workshops and other relevant to your organisation. PhUSE will receive timely information on EMA consultations in line with their areas of interest.

The adding of PhUSE to the EMA stakeholder database is another step for PhUSE to build up a collaborative framework with regulatory agencies and standard organizations. PhUSE closely collaborates with standard organisations, like CDISC, and regulatory agencies, like the FDA and the EMA, to create and share ideas around clinical data, statistical and reporting technologies. This fall, Dr.Fergus Sweeney (EMA) and Dr.Lilliam Rosario (OCS, CDER, FDA) gave keynote speeches at the PhUSE annual conference this year.


PhUSE, Share – Contribute – Advance, provides the industry with the premier platform for creating and sharing ideas, tools and standards around data, statistical and reporting technologies; PhUSE is a non-profit, volunteer-supported, community of professionals who are passionate about advancement of clinical data science. Since its inception, PhUSE has expanded from its roots as a conference for European Statistical Programmers, to a global platform for the discussion of topics encompassing the work of Data Managers, Biostatisticians, Statistical Programmers and clinical data scientists.

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Los Angeles (PRWEB) December 18, 2014

MarketShare, the global leader in marketing analytics software for enterprise, today announced that it has formed a Technology Advisory Board to help guide the company’s product innovation and technology development in its next stage of growth.

The new Board, composed of top leaders in enterprise systems, advertising technology, and big data software, will offer strategic guidance and tactical assistance on MarketShare’s product roadmap, operations, and technology-talent acquisition.

The Technology Advisory Board members are:

*Greg Badros, Founder of advisory firm Prepared Mind Innovations, Inc. Badros’s prior roles include Vice President of Engineering and Products at Facebook, and Senior Director of Engineering at Google. He has led engineering for products including Facebook Ads, Graph Search, Data Science, and Data Infrastructure; and for Google AdSense and Gmail.

*David Champagne, Chief Architect and VP Research at Revolution Analytics, an R-language software company used by enterprises seeking to drive down the cost of big data. Prior to Revolution Analytics, Champagne was Principal Architect/Engineer for SPSS. Before that role, Champagne was Vice President of Software Engineering at LexiQuest.

*Gokul Rajaram, Product Engineering Lead at Square. Rajaram’s prior roles include Product Director, Ads at Facebook; Co-Founder and CEO of Chai Labs, a semantic technology startup acquired by Facebook; and Product Management Director at Google AdSense, which he helped drive from concept to multi-billion dollar product line.

*John Slade, consultant to multiple Internet companies on digital marketing strategies and products. Slade’s prior roles include SVP, Product Management at Rubicon Project; and Vice President, Product Management at Yahoo!. Slade was pivotal in developing Overture, Yahoo!’s early search advertising platform which ignited pay-per-click search marketing.

*Mike Smith, Chief Technology Officer at Verisk Analytics, where he works to transform the risk management ecosystem via improvements in data management, predictive analytics and advanced simulation. His former roles include Chief Technology Officer/Chief Architect at Interthinx, a Verisk Analytics company; and Chief Software Architect at Strategic Analytics (acquired by Verisk).

“We are honored to have these technology luminaries join us as advisors,” said Iván Markman, COO, MarketShare. “We anticipate explosive growth for MarketShare—driven by high demand for superior marketing analytics technology, coupled with our own aggressive product innovation agenda. As we continue to grow and evolve, the Technology Advisory Board’s insights and experience will be pivotal in shaping the revolutionary solutions we deliver to our customers, partners, and the broader market.”

About MarketShare

MarketShare helps marketers grow revenue. Combining advanced analytics technology, scientific leadership and deep domain expertise, MarketShare enables large companies to measure, predict and dramatically improve Marketing’s impact on revenue—typically generating a 20%-30% improvement in marketing effectiveness and 3%-4% revenue increase, yielding a 3x-50x first-year ROI. Widely considered the market leader, MarketShare helps direct tens of billions of marketing investment dollars globally. Visit

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Abe Mezrich, MarketShare


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