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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 48,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 11 Film Festivals

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Obama builds his DATA team

Some of the millions of dollars raised by President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign could be used to build one of the most innovative internal data operations ever for a political campaign. Obama for America has been hiring data quants, and recently posted job openings for predictive modeling and data mining analysts, along with state data directors. The strategic approach to data inside the campaign could help it better integrate offline and online data gleaned from social media and other online interactions.

OFA is developing an in-house Analytics Department to be based at the Chicago campaign headquarters. Staff there will work with state data directors to be based in several states, according to a job posting on the OFA site. The Chicago office will also have data desks responsible for various regions of the country.

The campaign is also seeking predictive modeling and data mining analysts who would be responsible for developing statistical and predictive models to assist in digital media, as well as for fundraising and other media. The analysts will be expected to have experience with digital media, online advertising data, Nielsen, and Arbitron data, in addition to text data. The job description, posted on data mining resource site KDnuggets, notes that text mining and social media analytics “is a plus.”

“It points to an extraordinarily high level of data integration inside the Obama campaign,” said Alex Lundry, VP and research director at TargetPoint Consulting, a microtargeting and data mining firm that works with Republican candidates and organizations, including the Republican National Committee, Mitt Romney’s 2008 presidential primary campaign, and John McCain’s ’08 presidential campaign. “It’s a much more holistic view of the voter from a data perspective, and you don’t see many GOP candidates doing that,” he added.

More: http://www.clickz.com/clickz/news/2094531/obama-builds-team-inform-digital-ads-social



Mu Sigma Helps Companies Analyse ‘Big Data’, Raises $25 Million From Sequoia
June 6, 2011, 11:43 pm
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Mu Sigma, a startup that provides ‘decision sciences’ and analytics services to help companies make business decisions based on ‘big data’, has secured $25 million in Series C financing from Sequoia Capital.

Mu Sigma in a press statement says it currently employs some 1,200 analysts (and growing), mostly based in India, in an effort to build the world’s “largest applied math lab”.

Shailendra Singh, Managing Director at Sequoia, posits that Mu Sigma offers ‘the most impressive analytics service’ of any company the investment firm has met with over the years.

Headquartered in Chicago, Mu Sigma raised its first institutional venture money from FTV Capital back in 2008.

http://techcrunch.com/2011/06/06/mu-sigma-helps-companies-analyze-big-data-raises-25-million-from-sequoia



Cardlytics secures $18 million
August 18, 2010, 3:19 am
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Cardlytics, which provides solutions for transaction marketing within banking, this morning announced that it has raised $18 million in financing. New investors ITC Holdings and Kinetic Ventures led the round.

According to the press release, all of Cardlytics’ previous investors participated, including Canaan Partners,Polaris Venture Partners and Total Technology Ventures.

It’s unclear how much capital the company has raised to date.

National and regional retailers and service providers use Cardlytics’ transactional marketing platform to connect with consumers via online banking channels. This allows advertisers to use certain consumer transaction data such as purchasing history to accurately target people with offers that are highly relevant to them.

Its multi-channel approach includes online banking, SMS, email, mobile and social networks.

According to Cardlytics, financial institutions will be providing retail offers as rewards to over 10 million consumers based on their individual purchase behavior by next fall.

More: http://techcrunch.com/2010/08/16/cardlytics



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Can you crack the Pentagon’s code?
July 9, 2010, 12:51 pm
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Attention All Sydney Data Miners,

The Pentagon’s new U.S. Cyber Command has embedded a 32-character string of secret code in its logo, causing a stir among bloggers and curious techies eager to decipher the veiled message.

The new military command was launched in late May to help centralise Defense Department efforts to protect its computer networks, which are under constant threat from attackers.

The command was created to frustrate everyone from run-of-the-mill hackers to foreign governments looking to steal sensitive information or crash critical, life-sustaining computer systems.

Here is the code: 9ec4c12949a4f31474f299058ce2b22a

My guess: USCYBERCOM Cyber defense and offense

More: http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/can-you-crack-the-pentagon-code-20100709-102×3.html

Sydney Data Miners: www.meetup.com/datarati



Google invests in predictive analytics company

Google has invested in a startup company that claims to be able to predict the future.

The company’s investment arm, Google Ventures, has sunk an undisclosed sum into Recorded Future, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based startup that “offers customers new ways to analyze the past, present and the predicted future,” according to a new Google VenturesWeb site that went live on Monday.

Recorded Future’s own Web site doesn’t list any products for sale, but the company appears to have developed a data analytics technology that could be used to try to predict future stock market events or even terrorist activity, according to blog posts and videos on its site. The technology looks at how frequently an entity or event is referred to in the news and around the Web over a period of time, then uses that data to project how it might behave in the future.

More: http://www.nytimes.com/external/idg/2010/05/03/03idg-google-invests-in-firm-that-tries-to-predict-the-fut-33218.html




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