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Muddy Picture in BD/Health Care

soybean gene mapping

soybean gene mapping

Plenty of swirling news items connected with large-scale data efforts in Health research of late. There’s a wild west nobody-in-charge feeling to some of it. This recent NY Times piece describes a process in which centralized data collectors who were early to the game and on top of their lobbying and bill tailoring skills are reaping massive rewards, but those providers who bought their pitch are having a harder time realizing the benefits.     Continue…

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Netflix’s Big Adventure

MV5BMTQ4MDczNDYwNV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNjMwMDk5OA@@._V1_SX214_Netflix has been open and unrepentant about publicizing it’s strategy for cultivating value from all the event data at it’s fingertips due to it’s streaming service user base. Their data miners have been taking things far beyond the level of Amazon’s ‘smart’ book recommendations. This new drama, premiering tonight, has been statistically vetted regarding timeslot, programming, script, and even cast with heavy input from their S3/Hadoop cloud (they use AWS for their platform) of user preference and activity data.     Continue…