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Seth Grimes is an analytics strategy consultant with Alta Plana and organizes the Sentiment Analysis Symposium. Follow him on Twitter at @sethgrimes
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posted in December 2008

Quality Issues (Still) Plague Spoke.com People Search

12/31/2008
"If you want to keep your job, use Spoke," advise the folks behind "the fastest growing and most up-to-date business network in the U.S." Sounds like something to look into; social/people networks are one of the most important BI assets to have emerged in recent years. Grading according to accuracy, completeness, quality, usefulness, and usability, I'd give Spoke a low C. Here's why.

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Spock.com Taps Text Analytics

12/16/2008
Spock is a people-search engine, currently in beta release. The company uses "a combination of search-engine technologies and user edits to aggregate the world's people information and make it searchable." Andrew Borthwick, Principal Scientist at Spock Networks, kindly fielded a number of questions about Spock's use of text analytics and Spock's data-quality efforts.

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BI on Content Feeds, a.k.a. Continuous (Twitter) Transformation

12/8/2008
The rapid pace and high volume of twitter messaging has upped the stakes for BI on content feeds. BI on content feeds: that would be stuff like monitoring and mining sentiment from social media for reputation and brand management, which you can do with text analytics on RSS and Atom feeds and Web pages. One approach to making sense of the flow is the CEPish application of continuous transformations that the folks behind SQLstream recently showed me.

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"Many Known and Unknown Fatal Bugs" in MySQL 5.1!?

12/4/2008
What to make of Michael Widenus's astounding blog posting, "Oops, we did it again (MySQL 5.1 released as GA with crashing bugs)"? The signs have been there: MySQL has worked for over three years (!) to bring out 5.1. EWeek quoted Zack Urlocker, VP of products for Sun's Database Group, last May as claiming, "This version now has zero bugs," a statement disputed even then by Widenus, who effectively characterized MySQL bug management as a shell game, and GA did take 7 more months.

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