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10 Rules Of Market Sizing

10 Rules Of Market Sizing The demand for market-sizing work keeps growing.  So much unstructured, “flat” information is published online that clients have almost come to expect a readily available answer to any question they may have about their business environment.  But, except for a few well-tended areas of human Read more…

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Qualify The Quantified

The Quantified Self “Quantified Self” (QS) refers to a family of technologies and products now moving rapidly into the mainstream. By and large, these are mobile apps or wearable devices that enable you to monitor something – your activity levels (MyFitnessPal, Digifit, Nike+ Fuelband), your sleep patterns (Zeo), your food consumption, Read more…

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Architecture’s Long Crisis

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The Role Of Big Data In Big Decisions

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Building Trustworthy Big Data Algorithms

New algorithm can separate unstructured text into topics with high accuracy and reproducibility Much of our reams of data sit in large databases of unstructured text. Finding insights among emails, text documents, and websites is extremely difficult unless we can search, characterise, and classify their text data in a meaningful Read more…

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Social Scientists Are Essential

History Shows Us That Social Scientists Are Essential (if we are to get the most out of our engineering and technological innovations) An interesting opinion is put forward in The Guardian by Jonathan Michie, postulating whether the social sciences could play a greater role in enabling us to reach our Read more…

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Bitcoin, Prism, Future Web

The two biggest internet stories of 2013 have been the arrival of Bitcoin… Part 1 – Bitcoin     The two biggest internet stories of 2013 have been the arrival of Bitcoin into the mainstream and the exposure of Prism and other mass surveillance programmes by security agencies.  Perhaps, though, Read more…

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Psychos’ Geography

“This is a Muslim Area” There was a series of incidents early in 2013 when a small group of louts posted footage of themselves harassing people in the name of Islam in inner East London. In their videos they tell a gay man to leave, a woman to dress differently, Read more…

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