The Spark of Smart Analytics

If you’ve been following the Big Data trend over the past year or so, you may have heard about Spark. Even if you’ve heard of it, you may not be sure why it has garnered so much attention. It’s simple really; it’s about speed. Let’s slice through the computer hype and...

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Data Algebra Does Big Data

What makes data algebra so powerful? One simple, extraordinary thing: It can represent data – all data – mathematically. Data algebra starts small. It designates the fundamental unit of data as a couplet, which you can think of as a value (for example, “28”)...

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Data Algebra: Evolution or Revolution?

Let’s start with the facts: Until recently, there was no method for representing and manipulating data mathematically – despite math having long since been applied to virtually every other field of human endeavor (architecture to X-rays) with powerful benefits. It...

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Why Big Data Needs Math

Digital data grows swiftly – at a rate of about 60 percent per year for most businesses. It doubles overall every 18 months. It grows so fast that every now and then we have to invent new words just to describe how much of it there is. So far, the sequence of words...

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What You Need to Know About Data Algebra

What is data algebra, exactly? This question probably instantly came to mind when you first heard the words “data algebra.” It is not a simple question to answer if you’re not mathematically inclined – and if you’re not, I’m writing this blog post for you. So I’m...

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The Power of Re-Using Data

The idea of re-using data is not new. Traditionally, databases have devoted a good deal of computer memory to caching the data held on a disk. If the database had to visit the disk every time it wanted data, it would perform like a tranquilized tortoise. But if it can...

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