Bias: How Data Can Be Dangerous

Data is, no doubt, an irreplaceable part in today's technological world. Just by reading this, you're producing a stream of data that'll be analyzed for marketing, sales, etc. But somewhere along the way, the data might become biased and create problems. Biased data is one of the biggest overlooked dangers in every industry. Data is in theory neutral because it doesn't hold opinions, just details. However, anyone handling the data can easily translate it to have a different meaning. Everything...

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Machine Learning Data is Everywhere

It's everywhere, but what is it? By now you've probably heard a lot buzz about machine learning. AI can't exist without it, many businesses use it already, and you've probably run into it before. But how does it even work? Imagine this, your house tracks your behavior, making forecasts and decisions for you. It calculates your health, predicts your shopping list, and even alerts you to the most effective ways to save money. Sounds pretty good, right? Good news, you don't have to wait for the...

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UI/UX Is Everything You Need

UI/UX designers are in growing demand in today's tech heavy world. And they should be! User interface and user experience is everything your audience sees and engages with on a digital platform, so it's pretty important. A digital experience is absolutely nothing without design, and a bad design can ruin everything. What is it? Any digital tech you've used was designed in a variety of ways. UI/UX makes up the face of most digital platforms. But what do these designers do exactly? A UX...

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Is Virtual Reality the Future of Data Visualization?

Data visualization is important and has a lot of applications across different industries. And we know just how much impact the right visualization can have, which is why we need to keep our eye on virtual reality technology. Typically, data visualizations are 2-dimensional with a defined data set, but virtual reality is emerging with a new 3D way represent digital data. But is virtual reality data visualization? We've seen games and simulations, so how exactly does it relate data visualization?...

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Your Business Can Benefit From Video Games

Video games are a fun way to  pass the time. But brushing them off as kids' toys means you're missing out on incredible business opportunities. Video games and online gaming have more to offer than just entertainment. The video game industry is a veritable data giant worth more than $100 billion last year alone. With an industry this big, there are countless untouched opportunities. With the rise of online gaming and streaming, there's a non-stop wave of infinite data. All that data is very,...

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Health and Data Visualization: How it Can Save Your Life

Data visualizations and data products have very obvious value in the workplace and data related tech. But have you ever thought about how visualization can protect you? Because it's actually very crucial to epidemiology and your health.   Public Health We usually think of health care as going to the doctor, but data visualization also plays a huge role. In the 1800's, cholera plagued many countries, resulting in many deaths. Medical professionals were stumped as to how the disease was...

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Optimize Your Reports and Get Results

Reports are Vital Most companies, nonprofits, government departments, etc. make reports every year. These reports range from ad hoc and consumer reports to fiscal and federal reporting. For example, a financial report shows stakeholders and execs how well business is performing. An annual report assesses last year’s performance. And a budget report shows how much money was spent and where it was spent. Sounds simple. With information this straightforward, why bother with anything else?...

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Data Product Managers Are Precious

Data product managers haven't been around for very long, but they are a special kind of managers. We still hear and use "product manager" more often, but the role has evolved over the years. Because of the massive changes in the tech and business landscapes, product managers deal with more information than they used to. Sometimes people say "product manager" when they talk about "data product manager" with out really knowing the difference. So what's the distinction? Data.   What is a...

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Artificial Intelligence and Data Visualization

How are artificial intelligence and data visualization connected? It's the data. Data is everything to AI, in both creating and teaching it. Intelligent machines, like a humanoid robot that doesn't laugh at dad jokes, are heavily based on data. They are fed specialized algorithms to facilitate deep machine learning. They are also designed to respond while simultaneously processing every new piece of information for predictive analysis.   Consider AlphaGo, an AI computer designed by...

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Taking Care of Your Dark Data

Dark data is everywhere. Just by reading this, you're creating dark data. Big data is precious because it reveals important insights. Obvious data metrics are used, but the rest gets left behind. Dark data is all the data that goes untouched, and there is a lot. In fact, most digital data is dark data and it's filled with potential, both good and bad. What does that mean? Your dark data can be hiding amazing new insights just waiting to be uncovered OR become a hacker’s reward.   Using...

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