Category Archives: Data Wow

Australian Computer Society: Predicting the Next Rogue Wave 27th May 2015

Maritime folklore told of the existence of rogue waves, that could appear without warning, against the prevailing current and often in perfectly clear water. Such waves were said to consist of an almost vertical wall of water, up to 98 feet in height, preceded by a trough so deep, it was referred to as “a hole in the sea”. Any ship approaching a wave of such magnitude would be unlikely to survive the extreme forces and would be sunk in a matter of minutes.

In this session we look at the some of the tools, platforms and methodologies in the current Business Intelligence movement, that can assist businesses to predict, “The Next Rogue Wave”. Whilst the next rogue wave can easily allude to the next big destructive force, the next rogue wave can also be the next big opportunity….such as the Black Swan theory, which aims to predict the opportune time to strike, concerning world financial events.

We will cover the whole data science movement, the growing opportunity of cloud analytics platforms, and the role of data governance, all designed to help businesses to be better prepared for the risks and opportunities of the unexpected, and to respond accordingly.
The demonstration will use a combination of presentation and demo time.

Onsite event details as follows, and external conference available from the link below…

27th May 2015

5:30pm for 6:00pm start

ACS Office Level 7/333 Adelaide St Brisbane

https://acs.org.au/branches/queensland/events/upcoming-events/event-details?eveID=50326271705245

 

Data Wow: Data Science for Extra Terrestrials

In 1961, Dr Frank Drake presented a controversial equation…called….ummm…the Drake equation, but some critics, labelled the equation a guesstimate or even meaningless.  Yet for the SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) Institute, the equation pumps to a beat, and drives the mass collection of data, to yield information relating to any of the equation’s factors.  The controversial Drake equation, aims to predict the number of extra terrestrials in the galaxy, like this :

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N = The number of civilizations in The Milky Way Galaxy whose electromagnetic emissions are detectable

R* = The rate of formation of stars suitable for the development of intelligent life

fp = The fraction of those stars with planetary systems

ne = The number of planets, per solar system, with an environment suitable for life

fl = The fraction of suitable planets on which life actually appears

fi = The fraction of life bearing planets on which intelligent life emerges

fc = The fraction of civilizations that develop a technology that releases detectable signs of their existence into space

L = The length of time such civilizations release detectable signals into space

If your eyes just glazed over, then try this entertaining animation, where Jill Tarter brings the Drake equation to the masses for the less mathematically focussed, describing the odds of calculating intelligent alien life.

Data Wow: Chances of Finding Love ?

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What are the chances of life on earth ? Further, what are the chances of running into a random stranger on earth, and finding love… And further again, what are the chances of holding that love ??   In this compelling Ted talk, mathematician Hannah Fry gives her top 3 mathematically based tips for finding that special 1.

Data Wow: Silver Linings Playbook Trailer – Scene Analysis

“How did Tommy die?”… was one of the most memorable quotes from the movie Silver Linings Playbook.   Here we look at a liquid cool example of data analysis.   The data visualisation shows which scenes were used to build the Silver Linings Playbook movie trailer. Here the analysis shows that whilst the trailer for Silver Linings used scenes that roughly follow the film’s natural order, there are a few quirky differences.   First example, at the very start of the trailer, a scene from the end of the film is used…

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… and  there are a few scenes not actually in the movie release or the same scene but shot from a different angle. Enjoy the trailer here, I’m going for crabby snacks and homemades… Original NY times article Here, and the other trailers visualised include Beasts of Southern Wild, Argo, Amour, and Lincoln.