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7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Why You Love Online Quizzes sam charrington Sam Charrington is the principal of CloudPulse Strategies, an analyst and consulting firm focusing exclusively on cloud computing, big data and related technologies and markets. He can be followed on Twitter at @samcharrington. Related Posts Tags:#Big Data#hack Over the past few years, machine learning has quickly become the “secret sauce” of large-scale web sites. Machine learning systems have historically been hand-crafted by the small armies of computer science and mathematics Ph.D.s in employ at places like Google. With the growing popularity of machine learning and other statistical techniques, the demand for so-called “data scientists” (software developers and analysts with the skill to apply statistical techniques to large data sets) has exploded since 2010. As a result, these rarefied skills have become extremely difficult to find and expensive to retain, driving up the cost of machine learning systems and making it difficult for enterprises and smaller web firms to apply the technology. In the data scientist talent shortage is opportunity, however, and a new breed of software platform is rising to meet this need. Building upon the low-level big data infrastructure now available, these new platforms seek to democratize machine learning and advanced analytics, making their benefits available to enterprises and firms who either can’t afford or can’t find enough PhDs and data scientists. The first of this coming wave of machine learning-powered platforms is launching at this week’s O’Reilly Strata conference. Here are three companies leading the way. SkytreeSkytree Server is a software product aimed at allowing users to very quickly deploy highly accurate and very fast machine learning systems. The idea behind Skytree Server is to disrupt the typical development cycle of modeling machine learning systems in a high-level tool like R or Matlab, and then coding them up using Python or C for deployment in order to achieve an acceptable level of performance. Skytree Server is itself a back-end system designed to be put into production and called on by a number of front-end client APIs (command-line, Python, Java and R, currently). Data is passed to Skytree Server typically as CSV files. One of the strengths of the Skytree approach is that the user has direct control over which machine learning algorithms are applied. The server has built-in support for the most popular algorithms, such as support vector machines, nearest neighbor, k-means and more. The implication, however, is that the user must be pretty savvy about statistics and machine learning in order to use Skytree. (Not to mention the need for IT support.) This is not to diminish the Skytree value proposition in the least. By analogy, if the skills required to use machine learning are akin to knowing how to drive, and the skills required to build a production machine learning system are akin to knowing how to build a car, the Amazons and Ebays of the world have built their machine learning ‘vehicles’ from the tires up, while what Skytree does is allow you to drive a Ferrari (a) without knowing how to build one and (b) on a Kia budget. Skytree Server is priced on a subscription basis, starting at $2,999 per year for up to 4 cores. It is also available as a Free Edition, which has the ability to process up to 100,000 rows of data.BigMLBigML was founded a year ago with the vision of creating “ML for the rest of us.” With that in mind, they’ve created a cloud-based offering targeted at business users that dramatically lowers the barriers to performing machine learning analysis. BigML users typically begin an analysis by uploading a data set in text format. The service offers a wizard-based approach to formatting and cleaning up data, backed by some sophisticated pattern matching, aimed at making sure the system can tolerate real-world (read, “messy”) data. One or more columns in the data can be denoted as prediction targets, which the tool will use to train a predictive model. Once the model has been generated, additional data can be fed into the system and the model will be used to make predictions about the prediction targets. BigML currently only supports decision tree models for machine learning. While this may be a limitation for true aficionados, the company argues that the decision tree technique is powerful because it can handle a wide variety of data types, is particularly intuitive and lends itself to visual representation, is a great place to start if you don’t already know what kind of analysis to apply, and is easy to scale. Continuing our driving analogy, BigML offers an easy-to-drive family sedan that appears at your driveway when you need it, takes you where you want to go, and presents helpful guidance on how you got there, ensuring that you’re never lost. BigML is priced using a credit-based system at $0.05 per credit, with the number of credits required based on the size of your data, the size of your model, and the number of predictions you need to make.Precog, still in stealth at the time of this writing, aims to offer a developer-focused platform for “data-driven, insightful, intelligent applications.” Of the three companies profiled here, Precog seems to want most clearly to be a PaaS for machine learning, and takes a very interesting approach with its platform. Precog envisions a usage model in which users “Capture” data by explicitly (via a REST API) or implicitly (via an adapter) sending it to the Precog service, “Enrich” data by mashing it up with public and partner-provided datasets, “Analyze” the data using a variety of machine learning techniques, and “Act” on it in their own applications or by pushing it to third party systems. PrecogAt the heart of Precog are a scalable, custom-built analytics database coupled with a high-level analytics API that allows users to perform a variety of analyses by name (e.g. “optimize”, “cluster”, or “predict”), without getting bogged down by the details of which algorithm is best. In this way, Precog is probably most analogous to the kit cars you could order from the back of Popular Mechanics in the 80s, offering those willing to get their hands a bit dirty a way to create unique and customized high-performance vehicle without needing to engineer the engine and frame from scratch. Oh, and you can rent it, a la SaaS. Precog will become available this week to select alpha users, with a private beta expected shortly thereafter.The product is offered by ReportGrid, a year-old company initially focused on providing sexy embeddable analytics reports for SaaS companies.The three companies profiled here represent very distinct approaches to making ‘machine learning as a service’ a reality, and I expect we’ll see many more such offerings in the coming months. How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid
Whether you were born to run or born to watch, this weekend ushers in one of the most exciting and historic races in the nation.Philadelphia Marathon weekend is back with four races (and the Heath and Fitness Expo) from November 17 to 19. The main event (the Philadelphia Marathon) route winds 26.2 miles through the heart of Philadelphia and speeds by some of the city’s most iconic landmarks — Independence Hall, Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge — on Sunday, November 19.FAST FACTSPhiladelphia Marathon weekend takes place November 17 to 19 with four different races.The Health and Fitness Expo runs on November 17 and 18 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.The main 26.2-mile marathon event unfolds on Sunday, November 19 at 7 a.m.The marathon route crosses neighborhoods including Old City, Queen Village, Center City and Manayunk.The city is going to be electric all weekend long, and especially on Sunday, when more than 60,000 spectators are expected to cheer on more than 30,000 participants. Check out all of the top spectator spots below along with the details about other fun events surrounding the race. (Photo courtesy the Philadelphia Marathon) Here’s when to watch the races…Philadelphia Marathon: Sunday, November 19, 7 a.m. kickoffPhiladelphia Half-Marathon: Saturday, November 18, 7:30 a.m. kickoffRothman Institute 8k: Saturday, November 18, 10:45 a.m. kickoffWheelchair/Handcycle race times for above three races: 3-5 minutes prior to official start timesKids Fun Run: Saturday, November 18, noon kickoff Philadelphia MarathonWhen:November 17-19 Where:Runs begin near the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps and end near 22nd and Benjamin Franklin Parkway Cost:Free to watch www.philadelphiamarathon.com Where To WatchWhile the routes for each of the four races are a little bit different, spectators can get a good view of all of them from the Benjamin Franklin Parkway between the Philadelphia Museum of Art area to LOVE Park and along parts of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive on the west side of the Schuylkill River.Check out the course maps for the complete routes of each race. Read on for our picks for the prime spectating spots, below. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia) One of the most historic races in the nation, the Philadelphia Marathon covers fast and mostly flat terrain, crossing the heart of Philadelphia and some of the city’s most iconic landmarks, including Independence Hall (shown).22nd Street and the Benjamin Franklin ParkwayAll of the races start at 22nd Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and finish nearby at the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. If you’re trying to simplify your spectating planning, show up early and find a spot in that area.Philadelphia’s Historic DistrictFor those primarily interested in seeing the marathon and half-marathon, we recommend taking in some historic scenery at the same time. Since these two races circle the area and cross sections of Race Street before continuing south, Philadelphia’s Historic District serves as a great place to watch the action.The half-marathon runs by attractions including Independence Mall, the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall and then continues on, weaving its way by the National Museum of American Jewish History, Benjamin Franklin’s grave, the National Constitution Center and the United States Mint — all in the first few miles.Meanwhile, the full marathon runs by spots including Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church and Independence Hall before turning onto Chestnut Street and heading into the heart of Center City. (Photo courtesy the Philadelphia Marathon) Cheer on 30,000 runners taking on the Philadelphia Marathon, which winds its way throughout the city.Along the Schuylkill RiverBoth the half-marathon and the full marathon routes run along parts of the east and west sides of the Schuylkill River, making that area another great lookout spot. In fact, the full marathon runs on Kelly Drive all the way up into Manayunk, meaning any part of the Schuylkill River Trail on the east side of the river is fair game for taking in the action.Cheer ZonesWant to make sure you don’t miss the runner(s) you came out to watch? The marathon organizers have called out official fan-friendly cheer zones in the neighborhoods surrounding the race, denoting the approximate time ranges when the majority of runners will pass through each area. Designated cheer zones include spots like Rittenhouse Square, the Smith Memorial Playground, Reading Terminal Market at 12th and Arch streets and other areas all across the city.Check out all of Cheer Zone recommendations here. (M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia) The 26.2-mile marathon goes all the way out to Northwest Philadelphia, including through parts of Manayunk (shown).Health and Fitness ExpoEvery year, the Philadelphia Marathon kicks off with a massive Health & Fitness Expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. This year’s two-day vendor showcase takes place on November 17 from noon to 9 p.m. and November 18 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.The expo is a must-stop spot for all race participants, as this is where race packets are to be retrieved. However, the free event has plenty to offer to the public, too, showcasing some of the newest running apparel, shoes, accessories and more. A plethora of product samples are also available as are health and fitness demos and onsite experts dishing out advice.Wishing a cheerful and cheer-filled weekend to all of the runners and fans out there. We’ll see you at the race!
Researchers have found what they claim is the oldest case of decapitation in the New World, dated to about 9000 years ago. The skull (pictured above) was found by archaeologists in the Lapa do Santo rock shelter (“Saint’s rock shelter”) in east-central Brazil, and is 6000 years older than the earliest confirmed decapitation in South America. (A suspected case of decapitation in Florida could be as old as 8000 years.) Whoever did the deed also cut off the person’s hands, placing the right hand over the left side of the face and the left hand over the right side. But the team, which reports the find online today in PLOS ONE, thinks that this was not an enemy trophy head but possibly a case of ancestor skull worship; such skull cults are known from the prehistoric Middle East as early as 11,000 years ago. In support of this idea, a study of the skull’s strontium isotope ratios, a reliable indicator of where an individual came from, shows that the skull’s bearer came from the same population group as other skeletons found in the immediate region, rather than from an outsider.
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zoom Due to the difficult situation in the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) market, Singapore’s gas carrier owner BW LPG saw a drop in its full-year profit after tax (NPAT), which went down to USD 23.6 million in 2016 from NPAT of USD 326.138 million posted in 2015.Similarly, the firm’s net revenue decreased to USD 407 million in 2016 from a net revenue of USD 626.5 million seen in 2015.The decline in the firm’s net revenue was attributed to voyage expenses losses.Very large gas carrier (VLGC) time charter equivalent (TCE) daily earnings stood at USD 27,100, while liquefied gas carrier (LGC) TCE earnings amounted to USD 23,400.In addition, the gas carrier owner recorded a contract coverage of 50%.In December 2016, the BW LPG completed the acquisition of Aurora LPG, adding nine VLGCs with an average age of three years to its fleet.Additionally, the firm took delivery of six newbuildings and sold three vessels last year.In its outlook for 2017, BW LPG expects VLGC contract coverage to be 24%-31%, depending on contracts of affreightment (CoA) uptake.Furthermore, the firm has forecast that freight rates will remain at low levels. However, BW LPG said that freight rates are still responsive to improvements in geographic LPG price spreads and will be supported by minimal fleet growth and recovering US LPG production post-2017.As of February 2017, the company’s fleet is comprised of 40 owned and 9 chartered VLGCs as well as of 4 owned LGCs. In addition, BW LPG has 2 VLGC newbuildings on order.