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This Is Why You're Failing at Big Data

Annie Pettit | Posted 10.28.2015 | Science
Annie Pettit

Big data is rife with missing data. It's incomplete data, and it's complicated data. It needs specialized analytical tools and specialized analysts. But those problems are also not the reason we're failing when it comes to big data.

Why Big Data Matters in Finance

Irene Aldridge | Posted 06.11.2015 | Business
Irene Aldridge

By observing and measuring recurring characteristics and phenomena in the financial markets, data scientists are able to pinpoint winning stocks, predict market crashes, detect market manipulation and the like.

A Manifesto for Women as Agents of Peace

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

Men and women who have not had opportunities to question gender roles, beliefs and cultural/religion roots, cannot change them. Women who are not aware of their rights cannot claim them.

One College Student's Analysis on Representation in the Film American Sniper

Nadia Karizat | Posted 05.26.2015 | College
Nadia Karizat

In this day and age, many people are constantly exposed to all sorts of media texts, television series, films, music videos, social media, news and radio programs, etc., and are surrounded with images that help shape the way they view different groups of people.

When and How to Use Design

Soren Petersen | Posted 05.12.2015 | Business
Soren Petersen

Organizations have a range of core competencies and a handful of competitive advantages in their quiver to aid them in their quest for sustainable progress. So, when does it make good business sense to invest in design capabilities and at what level on the design ladder?

Should Editors Bother With Fact Checking? Or, Newsweek Publishes Hatchet-Job Attack on #Wind Power.

A. Siegel | Posted 06.13.2015 | Green
A. Siegel

Newsweek's editors have done a disservice to their readers with the publication of Randy Simmons' broadside attack on wind power. Simmons argues, in short, that government subsidy of wind power (such as the production tax credit, or PTC) is counterproductive and too costly.

In Search of the Retail Location Unicorn

Mark Fidelman | Posted 05.20.2015 | Business
Mark Fidelman

Advertisers are tapping into the world of big data to get a much better understanding of who their audience is, what they like and buy and all their psychographic and purchase preferences.

The Data Behind 'The Bachelor' & 'The Bachelorette'

Alice Zhao | Posted 04.26.2015 | TV
Alice Zhao

While I watch the show in part for the love stories, the other part is for the contestants (and all of their drama), of course! I decided to take a closer look at all of the contestants who go on the show, starting with what they do for a living.

To Solar Carport or Not to Solar Carport, That Is the (or at Least a) Question

A. Siegel | Posted 04.05.2015 | Green
A. Siegel

Most people think, and most analysis occurs, in a stove-piped fashion -- thinking of issues in channels of problem and solution without consideration of second- and third-order effects. Such narrow and constrained thinking often fosters (not just far from optimal but) simply bad decisions. Thinking about solar carports provides a window on this issue.

More Than a Glorified Teacher's Aide

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 02.23.2015 | Education
Naphtali Hoff

We also are doing a far better job at staffing our schools with the special education personnel that can oversee the progress of these students and offer appropriate advice and support for teachers and parents.

How Text Messages Change From Dating To Marriage

Alice Zhao | Posted 12.21.2014 | Technology
Alice Zhao

Way back in 2008, my now husband and I went on our first date. On our one year anniversary, his gift to me was a Word doc of all of our text messages since our first date (what he likes to refer to as #thegiftofdata). To celebrate our six year anniversary, I decided to take his present to the next level.

The Big Butt Trend Is Not Empowering For Women

Nikki Gloudeman | Posted 12.10.2014 | Women
Nikki Gloudeman

Must we really celebrate big butts by deriding small ones? Does there always have to be at least one body type that's not as "good" as the others, leaving some subset of women clamoring to try to feel better about their loathsome, not-as-sexy selves?

This Site Will Tell You If You're Pretty Or Not

Barstool Sports | Posted 04.30.2014 | Weird News

They say beauty is all about symmetrical angles and lines and shit right? Well heres your your chance to see how you stack up. ...

Non-Profits and Social Media: 5 Steps to Analyzing Your Social Landscape

Tulani Elisa | Posted 05.17.2014 | Business
Tulani Elisa

Original work is great, but be sure to observe those who are already doing it right through a social landscape analysis. Then enhance your content from there.

Crisis in Ukraine: 10 Things You Should Know

Max Kolonko | Posted 05.06.2014 | World
Max Kolonko

The big question for the Western world is: Will Vladimir Putin stop at Crimea?

Venezuelan Crisis: Resentment, Struggle and a Way Forward

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 04.29.2014 | World
Stephanie Rudat

It is evident that the problems of inflation, scarcity, crime and violence are issues that affect all Venezuelans equally, regardless of their political affiliation or ideologies. Why, then, is the population still divided?

President Obama's Truck Efficiency Is W6: Win-Win-Win-Win-Win-Win

A. Siegel | Posted 04.21.2014 | Green
A. Siegel

When looking at Obama's announcement of new truck energy efficiency standards, it is clear that the measure meets the criteria of multiple wins. This sounds tremendous... however, as is the case far too often, the proponents of action are yet again understating the full value of action.

How U.S. Hotels Are Faring

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 03.08.2014 | Business
Mary Ellen Biery

The holidays may be over, but for the U.S. hotel and motel industry, the good times could continue into 2014. Privately held hotels and motels saw th...

Rigor or Rigor Mortis?

Daryl Twitchell | Posted 11.06.2013 | Business
Daryl Twitchell

How does the daily innovator manage the tension between imaginative, diverse thinking and an organization's natural aspiration to control?

Staffing for Strategy Development

Michele Masterfano | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Michele Masterfano

Large corporations have strategic planning organizations; smaller companies rely on the senior management team or the owner to do the strategic planning. The development of a strategic plan requires both analytical ability and therefore should not be staffed entirely by financial experts, which happens in many companies.

Protesters Focus On Peru's Political Establishment

William Lee | Posted 10.02.2013 | World
William Lee

Rather than being focused on local issues, such as the impact of large-scale mining, the protests have expressed a broad frustration with Peru's political establishment. In this way, they mirror recent protests in Brazil.

When the Law Is Involved, Do Notions Of Fairness Matter?

Mark Baer | Posted 09.28.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

When attorneys, mediators and others are involved in the process, their concepts of fairness may well differ from those of one or both of the parties and from those of the other professionals involved.

Self-Assessment Leads to Career Ascension

Shanna B. Van Ness | Posted 08.21.2013 | Women
Shanna B. Van Ness

It is important to constantly acquire new talents in order to brand yourself as an asset to any organization.

A New Look at China: By the Numbers

John Wagner Givens | Posted 04.17.2013 | World
John Wagner Givens

While I very much enjoy blogging about China, I often feel that by addressing already popular stories, many of which I do not think were terribly subs...

The Power of "And": Consider Energy as a Three-Legged Stool

A. Siegel | Posted 01.26.2013 | Green
A. Siegel

Our challenges, opportunities, and solution paths are complex and interrelated. Yet, all too often, we see them individually, not linked and interacti...