Can Scientists Correlate the Language Used in Tweets with Twitter Users’ Incomes?

In the centuries since William Shakespeare wrote one of Juliet’s most enduring lines in Romeo and Juliet that “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”, it has been almost always been interpreted as meaning that the mere names of people, by themselves, have no real effect upon who and what they are […]

Eight Proven Factors to Help Make Your Web Content Go Viral

On a daily basis, we see news, commentary, videos, photos, tweets, blog posts, podcasts, articles, rumors and memes go viral where they spread rapidly across the web like a propulsive digital wave. From YouTube postings of dogs and cats doing goofy things to in-the-moment hashtags and tweets about late-breaking current events, attention grabbing content now […]

The Successful Collaboration of Intuit’s In-House Legal Team and Data Scientists

Intuit’s in-house legal team has recently undertaken a significant and successful collaborative effort with the company’s data scientists. While this initiative got off to an uneasy start, this joining (and perhaps somewhat of a joinder, too), of two seemingly disparate departments has gone on to produce some very positive results. Bill Loconzolo, the Intuit’s VP […]

Human Resources Management Meets Big Data in Devising Systems to Identify Star Employees

Have you ever seen a clearly talented colleague at your workplace who was not fully recognized for his or her potential? Today there is a raft of sophisticated data-driven software products being marketed to Human Resources departments (HR) to assist companies in finding possible star employees. However, some of these systems are not living up […]

Studies Link Social Media Data with Personality and Health Indicators

[This post was originally uploaded on January 27, 2015. It has been updated below with new information on March 20, 2015 and February 26, 2018.] Reports of two new studies were issued recently describing meaningful connections between the predictive value of Facebook Likes and personality types, and next the parsing of language in Tweets to […]

The Advent of Social TV: Commercial and Creative Impacts of Using Twitter Activity Metrics Upon What Audiences Now See

[This post was originally uploaded on July 31, 2014. It has been updated below with new information on December 19, 2015 and then on March 11, 2015.] July 14, 2014 Post: Nielsen is a long-established and industry leading firm in measuring, analyzing and reporting upon media deployment, usage and audiences. Their services also include a […]

Minting New Big Data Types and Analytics for Investors

Along with the exponential growth of big data in terms of its quantity, myriad of collection points, nearly limitless storage capabilities, and complex analytics, investors are keenly interested in discovering unique advantages from this phenomenon to be applied in the securities markets.* While financial institutions of all types have used sophisticated metrics and predictions to […]

2014 LinkedIn Usage Trends and Additional Data Questions

A very enlightening report was recently published on Forbes.com in May entitled New Research: 2014 LinkedIn User Trends (And 10 Top Surprises) that I highly recommend for its insights, detail and thoroughness. This professional social and networking sites continues to grow its global use base, services, influence and reputation on a daily basis. The particulars […]

Roundup of Some Recent Books on Big Data, Analytics and Intelligent Systems

I have recently read four books concerning big data, analytics and intelligent systems that I highly recommend to anyone interested in learning more about these rapidly growing fields. 1.  The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee. An engaging and in depth analysis […]