How To Boost Your Big Data Salary

The best way to boost your salary in 2014 may be to learn a new data analytics tool. According to the 2013 Data Science Salary Survey from O’Reilly, there was a strong correlation between data scientists and analysts who used the highest number of tools and those who had the highest salaries. What’s more, those…



Free books on statistical learning

Hastie, Tibshirani and Friedman’s Elements of Statistical Learning first appeared in 2001 and is already a classic. It is my go-to book when I need a quick refresher on a machine learning algorithm. I like it because it is written using the language and perspective of statistics, and provides a very useful entry point into…



Employers, Employees and Loyalty, Oh My!

I recently read an article discussing the idea of loyalty, particularly as it applies to millennials – those of the youngest generation currently working. The article was titled “The Truth About Millennials and Job Loyalty”.  I found the article to be an interesting introspective of how “loyalty” is defined by someone within the millennial generation…



Congratulations, College Graduate. Now Tell Us: What Did You Learn?

It’s college commencement season. Across the country, moms and dads, grandparents, and other family members are gathering on campus quads, football fields, and in basketball arenas to celebrate a rite of passage for the Class of 2013.

The graduates are now ready for the next stage of their life—a job (hopefully), their parents’ basement (maybe), graduate…



8 Things Really Successful People Do

Most people claim to want success. But not everyone is willing to do the hard work and the smart work to get there. Often opportunities present themselves and because people are distracted, they miss them or give up on them before things fully develop.

Truly successful people don’t leave much to chance. They are disciplined and…



Wanted: Data scientists. No math chops? No problem.

The phenomenal growth in demand for Big Data talent is apparently set to continue. A recent survey of Fortune 500 companies, by consultants New Vantage Partners, found that 85% have either launched Big Data projects or are planning to do so, and that their spending on data analysis will jump by an average of 36%…



Disconnected: My year without the Internet

We are using the Internet wrong. Smartphones turn people into horrible listeners. And cat videos aren’t as riveting as we think they are.

These are just some of the revelations writer Paul Miller had during a year of self-imposed exile from the Internet.

Miller came back online May 1 after giving up the Internet for a year…



Exploring Windows Azure Drives, Disks, and Images

With the preview of Windows Azure Virtual Machines, we have two new special types of blobs stored in Windows Azure Storage: Windows Azure Virtual Machine Disks and Window Azure Virtual Machine Images. And of course we also have the existing preview of Windows Azure Drives. In the rest of this post, we will refer to…



Designing Great Cloud Applications

I get strange looks when I talk to developers about the difference between developing an application to a product versus developing an application to a service.  The application you write on premise is written to a piece of software purchased, installed and configured on a piece of computer hardware that you privately own.  The application you…



Data, Data, Data: Thousands of Public Data Sources

We love data, big and small and we are always on the lookout for interesting datasets. Over the last two years, the BigML team has compiled a long list of sources of data that anyone can use. It’s a great list for browsing, importing into our platform, creating new models and just exploring what can…