Monthly Archives: March 2012

Crowdsourcing Soda Flavors + Big Data

A startup in Indi­anapo­lis Indi­ana called Ufla­vor has a process to cre­ate an infi­nite num­ber of soda fla­vors from a crowd-​sourced process. Inc Mag­a­zine just named them one of the three most inno­v­a­tive sites around social media. This presents an inter­est­ing prob­lem in data analy­sis: how to get insights or trends from the large volume […]

What is Big Data?

What exactly is “big data”? Two inter­est­ing posts on the def­i­n­i­tion. First Andrew Brust on ZDNet offers a com­mon def­i­n­i­tion: Big Data is about the tech­nolo­gies and prac­tice of han­dling data sets so large that con­ven­tional data­base man­age­ment sys­tems can­not han­dle them effi­ciently, and some­times can­not han­dle them at all. ?He goes on to note […]

Soda Machines & Big Data

Con­sider the stan­dard soda machine. Typ­i­cally it will have 5 types of soda. (eg cola, diet cola, caf­feine free cola, diet caf­feine free cola, fla­vored soda (cherry eg). In most cases, it’s pretty sim­ple: each week it will be loaded with soda, emp­tied of coins, and put back into oper­a­tion. A savvy vend­ing machine operator […]

How Big Data will impact your life…

Why is Big Data impor­tant? What is it? A good way to think about Big Data is through an exam­ple of a “smart device”, the ther­mo­stat. With the stan­dard ana­log ther­mo­stat, you turn the dial to increase or decrease tem­per­a­ture and there is a sen­sor which turns on or off the heat­ing and cool­ing system. […]

Big Data BBQ: Incredients, Tools, Techniques, Recipes & Meals

Big Data BBQ will focus on the emer­gence of big data — large vol­umes of data, ways to ana­lyze and find mean­ing in them, and meth­ods of visu­al­iz­ing and report­ing on data to make core busi­ness deci­sions. While it’s not a tech­ni­cal blog, at times it will look at the tech­ni­cal infra­struc­ture if it impacts […]