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Wise Practitioner – Predictive Analytics Interview Series: Jack Levis of UPS
In anticipation of his upcoming conference keynote at Predictive...
Connecting the Experts with the Data Scientists
“Can Machines Think?” was the cover of Time magazine...
Why analysts should master public speaking
Industry leader and consultant Geert Verstraeten serves as program...
Defining the Target Variable in Predictive Analytics- A Not so Easy Process
Defining a target variable is one of the preliminary...
Book Review of “Applied Predictive Analytics” by Dean Abbott
Industry leader and author Dean Abbott will be presenting...
Recognizing and Avoiding Overfitting, Part 1
In my last two posts I described why overfitting...
Webinar: Towards Solving Employee Attrition: Cost Modeling
Presented by: Pasha Roberts, Chief Scientist, Talent Analytics, Corp....
It is a Mistake to…. Listen Only to the Data
(Part 5 of 11 of the Top 10 Data...
The Data Audit Process (Part 1)-The Initial Step in Building Successful Predictive Analytics Solutions
Building predictive analytics solutions is very much in-vogue for...
10 Practical Actions that Could Improve Your Model
  (adapted from Chapter 13 of the Handbook of...
The Great Analytical Divide: Data Scientist vs. Value Architect
In the analytics space, it is quite common for...
Employee Churn 202: Good and Bad Churn
Our prior article on this venue began outlining the...
Why Overfitting is More Dangerous than Just Poor Accuracy, Part II
In part one, I described one problem with overfitting...
Predictive Analytics is the Answer to Smart Fulfillment and Omni-Channel Retailing
Over the past 5 years there have been several...
Employee Churn 201: Calculating Employee Value
Much has been written about customer churn – predicting...
Why Overfitting is More Dangerous than Just Poor Accuracy, Part I
Arguably, the most important safeguard in building predictive models...
5 Ways to Become Extinct as Big Data Evolves
The need to adopt sophisticated data analytics has become...
It is a Mistake to…. Ask the Wrong Question
(Part 4 (of 11) of the Top 10 Data...
What Role can Network Analysis play in Business Intelligence?
Network analysis is an emerging Business Intelligence technique that’s...
The Data Behind Data Scientists: Top Kaggle Performers
Kaggle, an online platform that hosts data analytics competitions,...
It’s Predictive Analytics, not Forecasting!
This is my final article for this year. It’s...
A Good Business Objective Beats a Good Algorithm
Predictive Modeling competitions, once the arena for a few...
Retail Predictive Analytics for Price Optimization & Markdown Management
There is no doubt that price is one of...
It is a Mistake to…. Rely on One Technique
(Part 3 of 11 of the Top 10 Data...
The Musings of a (Young) Data Scientist
I quit my job as a Mathematical Statistician after...
Big Data Continued…
Big Data is not a singular concept but rather...
How to Calculate the Optimal Safety Stock using Retail Predictive Analytics.
In a perfect world, a retailer knows exactly how...
The Role of Analysts After Model Deployment
Last month I made the case for discussing model...
How predictive analytics will power the internet of things
Recently, Nissan Motor announced that they will
Prediction Isn’t Just About Stocks. Predictive Persuasion
Prediction isn’t just for the stock market. Trading is...
The Greatest Power of Big Data: Predictive Analytics
Every day’s a struggle. I’ve faced some tough challenges...
It is a Mistake to… Focus on Training Results
(Part 2 of 11 of the Top 10 Data...
7 Ways Predictive Analytics Helps Retailers Manage Suppliers
One of the most challenging aspects of the retail...
Why Don’t We Talk about Deployment?
The Cross Industry Standard Process for Data Mining...
Understanding Predictive Analytics: A Spotlight Q&A with Eric Siegel, author of Predictive Analytics: The Power to Predict Who Will Click, Buy, Lie, or Die
This BeyeNETWORK spotlight features Ron Powell's interview with Eric...
Predictive Analytics: “Freakonomics” Meets Big Data
While writing my book, Predictive Analytics: The Power...
5 Reasons to Not Care About Predictive Analytics
Technology: complex and alienating, or promising and fascinating?...
Yet Another Big Data Article
It's like an irritating fly buzzing around your head...
Predictive Analytics Helps Solve Retail Allocation Challenges
We’ve already discussed why predictive analytics works so...
Why (some) Predictive Analytics will Move to the Cloud
A 2012 Gartner survey of over 1300...
Wise Practitioner – Predictive Analytics Interview Series: Philip O’Brien & Tom Kern of Paychex
In anticipation of their upcoming conference presentation at Predictive...
Wise Practitioner- Predictive Analytics Interview Series: Vikash Singh
In anticipation of his upcoming conference presentation at Predictive...
Deathwatch: Five Reasons Organizations Predict When You Will Die
Who benefits by predicting your behavior? Organizations do—companies, government...
Wise Practitioner – Predictive Analytics Series: Brett Cohen of AOL
In anticipation of his upcoming conference presentation at
The NSA, Link Analysis and Fraud Detection
The recent leaks about the NSA's use data mining...
Top 10 Analytic Mistakes–Today #0: Lacking Relevant Data
Mining data to extract useful and enduring patterns remains...
How Predictive Analytics Has Transformed Inventory Management in Retail
Every retailer wishes to have the right product at...
Big Data is Not Enough
Big data is the big buzz word in the...
Predictive Analytics & Retail
Predictive analytics is a hot topic. It has certainly...
What do we see in Predictive Models?
Predictive Analytics is one of the hottest careers on...
The Computer Knows Who You Are
There's a surprising twist. While some question whether the...
Interview With Predictive Analytics Author Eric Siegel
We live in an era of Big Data and...
Do Predictive Modelers Need to Know Math?
Predictive analytics is just a bunch of math, isn’t...
Five Reasons Siegel’s Predictive Analytics Book Matters to Experts
My new book—Predictive Analytics: The Power to...
The Future of Prediction: Predictive Analytics in 2020
Good morning. It's January 2, 2020, the first workday...
The Future Directions for Text Analytics
At the Boston Text Analytics World, held on October...
How the Obama Camp Analytically Persuaded Millions of Voters
Elections hang by a thinner thread than you think...
What We Should Take Home From Predictive Analytics Conferences
Why should one go to a predictive analytics conference?...
Three Ways to Get Your Predictive Models Deployed
We all know that given reasonable data, a good...
Why Predictive Modelers Should be Suspicious of Statistical Tests
Well, the danger is really not the statistical test...
Inside the Secret World of the Data Crunchers Who Helped Obama Win
In late spring, the backroom number crunchers who...

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  • In anticipation of his upcoming conference keynote at Predictive Analytics World Boston, “UPS Analytics – The Road to Optimization,” we asked Jack Levis – Senior Director, Process Management at UPS – a few questions about his work in predictive analytics. Q.In your work with predictive analytics, what behavior do your models predict? A. We use […]

  • 4 days ago
    Connecting the Experts with the Data Scientists

    “Can Machines Think?” was the cover of Time magazine a generation ago. The impetus was a face-off between world chess champion Gary Kasparov and IBM’s “Deep Blue” chess machine. The first match was won by us humans, but algorithms and hardware won out in the end. The spectacle occasioned wild speculation. “Of course computers can […]

  • 1 week ago
    Why analysts should master public speaking

    Industry leader and consultant Geert Verstraeten serves as program chair for Predictive Analytics World London. Click here for information about speaking at PAW London as well as 9 other annual PAW events. Granted, the fear of public speaking is often considered the most common of all phobias. In some (non-scientific) studies, evidence suggests that people […]

  • Defining a target variable is one of the preliminary steps in building a predictive model. But is this really a simple and straightforward process. For example, I want to optimize insurance sales to existing customers on a database. The practitioner’s first inclination is to develop a simple insurance response model. Although this would most definitely […]

  • Industry leader and author Dean Abbott will be presenting at Predictive Analytics World Boston (Oct 5 – 9) on “Data Preparation from the Trenches: 4 Approaches to Deriving Attributes.” Abbott will also run two post-conference full-day training workshops, “Advanced Methods Hands-on: Predictive Modeling Techniques” (where his book Applied Predictive Analytics will be given to attendees), […]

  • 4 weeks ago
    Recognizing and Avoiding Overfitting, Part 1

    In my last two posts I described why overfitting predictive models is dangerous beyond the most obvious problem, namely that accuracy on new data is lower than expected. In the next few posts, I’ll describe how to recognized that overfitting may be occurring, and some common approaches to remove or mitigate the effects of overfitting. […]

  • Presented by: Pasha Roberts, Chief Scientist, Talent Analytics, Corp. Watch Webinar. Pasha Roberts, Chief Scientist at Talent Analytics, Corp., discusses Talent Analytics’ first step when using a predictive analytics approach for solving employee attrition challenges. Severe employee attrition can be a thing of the past. It need not be the “cost of doing business”. Talent […]

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