An Elasticsearch Journey

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6th November

In order to achieve our best analysis we had to move away from traditional SQL to unstructured data and the team explored different platforms which would enable us to do this. Elasticsearch stood out initially due to it being structure agnostic and its ability to store ALL types of data and so we embarked on a journey of learning with this application. By investing our time and skills into Elasticsearch our company was investing in our long-term abilities, as success in the ever-changing analytics landscape requires growth alongside your tools.



Big Data Journey: A few battle scars later

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18th December

We interviewed Amit and Adam from our Advanced Analytics Innovation Lab – a couple of our data science leaders that have been involved in our


Goldilocks and the D3 Bears

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31st July

Originally posted on July 31, 2013

As open-source software goes from strength-to-strength, one area particularly close to my heart is that of charting libraries and APIs.



A Single Version of the Truth – Is it Just a Myth?

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24th July

Why do we hear companies talking about a “single version of the truth”? It is because of the frustration they have experienced when multiple people



Analytics, Decision Making & Wine

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4th June

Originally posted on June 4, 2013

As our society and economy has evolved, we’ve become accustomed to having an abundance of options in just about any



Seasonal Decomposition of Time Series by Loess—An Experiment

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14th May

Originally posted on May 14, 2013

Let’s run a simple experiment to see how well the stl() function of the R statistical programming language decomposes time-series



Analytics, Big Data and BI or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Cricket

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25th March

Originally posted on March 25, 2013

One of the challenges of working for a company like AlignAlytics is explaining exactly what it is that one



Outlier Reporting and Benefits from Unit Testing in R

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19th November

Originally posted on November 19, 2012

A recent AlignAlytics analysis project, reliant on Big Data processing and storage, required complex outlier reporting using the R statistical-programming


Is Outsourcing The 5th Generation Programming Language?

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24th April

Originally posted on April 24, 2012

I think it’s fair to say that I am something of a sceptic when it comes to outsourcing IT. In



Is BI Software A Big Game?

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12th April

Originally posted on April 12, 2012

Tableau Public, Mark Types & Classic Amiga/PC/console Mgm Title ‘Theme Park’

After seeing a demo of some