The Person Behind the Product: The Growing Retail Power of Influencers

Gone are the days when shoppers relied on word-of-mouth recommendations or were influenced by a more traditional TV, radio or newspaper advert before buying a product.
Now with over 3.2 billion social media users worldwide, it is faster and easier than ever to market to  consumers – and savvy influencers are taking full advantage, according to leading agency Influencer Matchmaker.

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Confessions from a Quant-a-Holic: A Reflection on IIeX Behavior, Boston

Editor’s Note: Recently, IIeX Behavior US was held in Boston. Many new developments were discussed. Here, Jackie Anderson gives us an overview of key themes from the conference.
Some of my favorite memories from grad school come from the hours spent hunkered in our school’s basement data lab, correlation matrices taped around the room, SPSS outputs so long they’d rival any CVS receipt.

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the coal mining of the information age

“If I were starting a NoSQL-in-the-enterprise startup, I would focus on ETL. ETL is a mess, and is a precursor for any fancy uses of data.” – @jaykreps
“@jaykreps ETL is the coal mining of the information age: dirty, important work that fuels the economy.” – @peteskomoroch
One of the largest obstacles facing companies who seek to derive value from data isn’t data’s size.

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Top 5 Text Analytics Tips of The Year

Happy 2019 & Top Posts of the YearThank you all for your readership in 2018. We’re starting out the New Year with some changes to our website, so please bear with us as we migrate our older blog posts over and get things updated.Our first post of 2019 will be our annual post on the changes in popular slang, a favorite among trend watchers and those following Millennials and Gen Y.

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Proven Hack To Remove Ghost Users Browsing Incognito From Your Remarketing List

Introduction In a data-oriented world that we’re evolving into, targeted remarketing plays a very important role for every business. There are many ways to target users and let’s say that you are following all the seemingly effective methodologies but have…
The post Proven Hack To Remove Ghost Users Browsing Incognito From Your Remarketing List appeared first on Tatvic Analytics.

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I’m looking for data engineers

I’m interrupting the regular programming for a quick announcement: we’re looking for data engineers at Better. You would be the first one to join and would work a lot directly with me.
Some fun things you could work on (these are all projects I’m working on right now):
Building a forecasting model using MCMC to predict volume the next few months.

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ICML 2016 Thoughts

ICML is too big for me to “review” it per se, but I can provide a myopic perspective.The heavy hitting topics were Deep Learning, Reinforcement Learning, and Optimization; but there was a heavy tail of topics receiving attention. It felt like deep learning was less dominant this year; but the success of deep learning has led to multiple application specific alternative venues (e.g.

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NIPS 2016 Workshop on Approximate Inference

We’re organizing a NIPS workshop on approximate inference. It is together with Tamara Broderick, Stephan Mandt, and James McInerney—and alongside an incredible cast of seminal researchers: David Blei, Andrew Gelman, Mike Jordan, and Kevin Murphy. [Workshop homepage]
This year, we set a theme based on what we believe are some of the most important challenges.

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Two papers released on arXiv, “Operator Variational Inference” and “Model Criticism for Bayesian Causal Inference”

Two papers of mine were released today on arXiv.
Operator variational inference, in collaboration with Rajesh Ranganath, Jaan Altosaar, and David Blei.
Model criticism for Bayesian causal inference, in collaboration with Francisco Ruiz, Susan Athey, and David Blei.
Last week, I gave a talk at OpenAI on operator variational
inference and Edward. I can now release those
slides online.

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Don’t teach students the hard way first

Imagine you were going to a party in an unfamiliar area, and asked the host for directions to their house. It takes you thirty minutes to get there, on a path that takes you on a long winding road with slow traffic. As the party ends, the host tells you “You can take the highway on your way back, it’ll take you only ten minutes. I just wanted to show you how much easier the highway is.

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OOW’17 Oracle’s Machine Learning & Advanced Analytics Presentations

There were a number of great presentations  on Oracle’s Machine Learning and Advanced Analytics at Oracle Open World 2017.  Here are links to many of them.   I’ll update this list posting as I collect more and can post the great presentations and resources.

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National Academies of Science: Please Correct Your Definitions of P-values

Mayo banging head
If you were on a committee to highlight issues surrounding P-values and replication, what’s the first definition you would check? Yes, exactly. Apparently, when it came to the recently released National Academies of Science “Consensus Study” Reproducibility and Replicability in Science 2019, no one did.

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Oracle’s Machine Learning presentations at Oracle Open World & Code One 2018

There were many great talks again at Oracle Open World & Code One 2018!   See the OOW’18 and Code One’18 Sessions Catalogs to see everything there.
For easy access and downloads, I’m posting my Oracle’s Machine Learning talks, abstracts, downloads and “live” recording below.

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