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Predict the 2015 NCAA Basketball Tournament

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It’s that time of year again – March Madness is coming up for the 2015 NCAA college basketball tournament. It’s also time for all you data scientists out there to predict the ultimate winner. The Machine Learning Mania Contest , hosted by Kaggle and sponsored by HP Software’s Big Data Group, enables you to get creative with the data sets that you use to create your statistical models.

Visualization of the Week: Gas Prices Across the U.S.

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With a subject that affects most Americans, this week’s visualization comes from our friends at Tableau Public. According to AAA, gas prices are at approaching their bottom limit. Mark Graves of The Oregonian looks at gas prices across the country and in Oregon towns.

The Future of Business Intelligence Tools

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In this special guest feature, Chris Neumann of Data Hero explores the growing world of self-service BI tools and how they can one day empower end users to be self-sufficient.

Chartio Enables Web Developers to Create and Embed Dashboards

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Customers of Chartio, a powerful business intelligence tool anyone can use, can now embed Chartio dashboards, allowing them to use Chartio’s powerful analytics and reporting solution for their own customers.

Centralized Data Will Push Cloud Adoption into “Hyper-Drive”

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In this special guest feature, Daniel Freeman of Sumo Logic explores the premise that a centralized data model will become the “new” normal, and companies who are slow to transition will find themselves buried beneath their own data.

Lavastorm Democratizes Predictive Analytics for Business Analysts

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Lavastorm Analytics, a leading agile data management and analytics software company, today announced new functionality within its Lavastorm Analytics Engine platform that enables business analysts who have a limited knowledge of complex data science to deliver business-impacting insights using predictive analytics.

Krowdster: Big Data Analytics Meets Crowdfunding

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Crowdfunding gets simplified with the recent launch of Krowdster, a new crowdfunding analytics, research and supporter discovery tool. Taking the guess work out of decision making, campaign creation and supporter engagement, the unique Krowdster web app is powered by big data, machine learning and predictive analytics – for projects that pack a punch.

Aviso Launches Data Science Solution for Sales Forecasting

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Aviso has introduced Aviso Insights™, a data science solution for enterprises that arms sales teams with powerful predictive tools they need to meet and exceed quarterly targets with confidence. Using machine learning and portfolio management frameworks, Aviso Insights enables sales,finance and business leaders at any time to confidently answer the question: “How’s the quarter going?”

SAS Achieves Record Revenue in 2014 – $3.09 Billion

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Growing customer demand for cloud analytics and data visualization in 2014 were among the top drivers for SAS’ 39th consecutive year of revenue growth. SAS posted US$3.09 billion, up 5.1 percent in constant currency (2.3 percent US dollars) over 2013.

Visualization of the Week: Patriots vs. Seahawks

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As a Superbowl treat, this week’s visualization is actually TWO cool interactive data viz apps about Sunday’s Super Bowl match-up between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks.