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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 July 2009

Whacky Graphics at USAspending.gov

7/31/2009
I started this blog entry with the intent of appraising USAspending.gov's IT Dashboard, a new, interactive tool for evaluation of Federal Government IT spending. Unfortunately, graphical issues start on USAspending.gov's main page with one downright whacky graphic. I can't recall the last time I saw a graphic that so distorted the numbers, so I tried to recreate it (and failed). Here's how...

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In SPSS, IBM Gains an Open R & Python Analytics Platform

7/30/2009
I love telling folks that I ran my first SPSS programs in 1976... and that I haven't run one since. SPSS has long since reinvented itself as a predictive analytics vendor but brings other, less-visible assets to the IBM deal including the ability to patch Python and R code into SPSS routines. SPSS's Bring Your Own Analytics is a clear competitive differentiator with benefits for users and the company alike...

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Predictive Text Analytics and SPSS's Predictive Enterprise Vision

7/17/2009
Damn trademarks. I'm slated to speak on predictive text analytics at October's Predictive Analytics World conference. SPSS's Olivier Jouve commented, "Seth, glad to see you using 'Predictive Text Analytics' - expression that SPSS and I crafted in 2003!" While SPSS hasn't trademarked "predictive analytics," I'm impressed with the company's broader vision to similarly own that field...

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CEP, Events, and Continuous {Transformation | Intelligence}

7/1/2009
Given that BI thought leaders are wrestling with the notion of events, perhaps we will see a BI-mainstreaming of event processing in the not-too-distant future. Interest in streams and events has definitely picked up in the last few months, and next year could very well be the break-out year for BI on data and event streams.

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