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French Attitudes on Doctor/Patient Confidentiality and Violence

by STATISTICA on Tuesday, November 24, 2009 11:41 AM
be quietI greatly enjoy searching with Google Scholar. I always learn something new. And I can see how academia is using STATISTICA.

Is it acceptable for a psychiatrist to break confidentiality to prevent spousal violence?, caught my eye. It was published in Mar-April 2009 in the International Journal of Law and Psychiatry.

 

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Breast Cancer and Statistics

by STATISTICA on Tuesday, November 17, 2009 12:24 PM


Because the news is full of stories about the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's new breast cancer screening recommendations, I want to revisit some basic statistics.

Per the CDC, the ten most common causes for death in US women are:

Top 10 Causes of Death for Women in the United States


Perfection is... the Enemy of Good Enough

by STATISTICA on Wednesday, November 11, 2009 4:20 PM
Web Analytics 2.0 by Avinash KaushikA friend recommended that I read Avinash Kaushik's 2009 book called Web Analytics 2.0: The Art of Online Accountability and Science of Customer Centricity.

I love the sense of humor and practical approach that the writer displays....

Data Mining / Predictive Modeling

by STATISTICA on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 3:22 PM
 

Last week, StatSoft representatives, Gary Miner and Rob Eames, participated in the Predictive Analytics World (PAW) conference in the Washington D.C. area (Alexandria, VA).  The PAW event has become the largest conference on business applications of predictive modeling, focusing on talks about applying predictive modeling to business objectives such as fraud, customer segmentation, response modeling and optimization, etc.  Gary and Rob report that the current buzz from show attendees is:

Deployment of Models for Scoring.  Attendees were very interested in the STATISTICA Live Score solution for the utilization of predictive models across various lines of business applications.  Attendees asked repeatedly “How do we take the models we build on historical data and utilize them ongoing for marketing applications, custom...

Predictive Analytics World, StatSoft Booth


Recap from Quality Expo 2009

by STATISTICA on Thursday, October 08, 2009 2:11 PM
StatSoft participated in the Quality Expo conference in Chicago, IL earlier this month. There were 4 trends from the discussions we had with conference attendees:

1. More than ever, companies are ready to move beyond "desktop" software for quality and Six Sigma analytics.  There was a great buzz around the STATISTICA Enterprise/QC software platform for enabling analysts, engineers, and quality professionals, to take the integration of quality methods and Six Sigma into the organization.

2.  Attendees are thinking about extending their current quality tools with Multivariate Quality Control (MQC) and Multivariate Statistical Process Control (MSPC), augmenting what they are doing now with univariate Quality Control.

3. STATISTICA Monitoring & Alerting Server (MAS): Companies are very interested in ways to automate the monitoring of unlimited processes and parameters with convenient,...

StatSoft Poland Hosts Seminar, Employment Statistics and Data Mining

by STATISTICA on Thursday, October 08, 2009 2:04 PM
Warsaw, PolandStatSoft Polska is hosting a seminar on October 20-22 in Warsaw, Poland, Employment Statistics and Data mining.  These seminars will cover topics including Industrial Data Analysis - Quality and Innovations in Practice, Applications of Data Analysis in Marketing and Market Research, Data Analysis in STATISTICA 9, and Applications of Statistics and Data Mining in Scientific and Technology Research.

The seminar, Industrial Data Analysis - Quality and Innovations in Practice will be given on October 20, 2009.  This meeting is directed to everyone responsible from quality, validation of technological process and following specific standard specifications.  Lecturers will describe benefits of using SPC and show step by step example of quality control charts implementation and process optimization. 

Also on October 20 is the Applications of Data Analysis in Marketing and Market Research seminar. ...

What Is Data Mining?

by STATISTICA on Tuesday, October 06, 2009 3:09 PM
I am still reading The Handbook of Statistical Analysis and Data Mining Applications. I am not reading straight through the book, instead I am jumping around to sections that interest me.

Currently I am reading a section titled "WHAT IS DATA MINING?" (page 17, if you have your own book). It is a very short definition at 1.5 pages. 

data mining

But I wanted a more approachable definition. So I talked to a couple of Statsoft statisticans. I asked google.com for its thoughts. Then I did some of my own thinking. 

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Predictive Modeling, Dog Catches Frisbee

by STATISTICA on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 5:19 PM


dog frisbee

I enjoy watching The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. This 30-minutes comedy show focuses on current events. Jon is very skillful at interviewing fascinating people on complex subjects. Jon touches on core truths while using humor.

On Monday September 28, Jon Stewart interviewed "a master of game theory", Bruce Bueno De Mesquita. Bruce recently wrote a book on game theory titled The Predictioneer's Game: Using the Logic of Brazen Self-Interest to See and Shape the Future.

I had to look up


Data Mining, The Nature of Reality

by STATISTICA on Tuesday, September 29, 2009 11:21 AM


handbook of data mining

I am in the middle of reading The Handbook of Statistical Analysis and Data Mining Applications by Robert Nisbet, John Elder and Gary Miner.

Disclosure: Because I consider Gary Miner a friend, I decided to read the book.  I am very glad that I did...

This book has clarified some basic high-level thoughts. For example page eight and nine talks about TWO VIEWS OF REALITY. There


Why Government Data Mines

by STATISTICA on Wednesday, September 23, 2009 3:54 PM


It is easy to find stories about government using data mining for counter terrorism. But predictive analytics can be used for so many other reasons in the government.

children shoes

Exploring regulatory compliance?

Trying to understand the important factors for a social policy?

Sometimes the data miner is trying to model "human behavior". There is risk with this approach

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