Book Review: Algorithms to Live By

Algorithms to Live By is the equivalent of a breezy summer read, a guilty pleasure that anyone in the analytics field can gobble up and consume with great delight. The book’s subtitle, “The Computer Science of Human Decisions,” sounds dry but the book is anything but. By delving into detailed descriptions of the common human dilemmas we all face, the authors provide buckets of fascinating insight into how computers can help us deal with our daily preoccupations in a productive manner.
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Book Review: Data-ism

New York Times reporter Steve Lohr borrowed the term “Data-ism” from fellow columnist David Brooks to express the increasingly important realization that the capabilities of big data have had a huge impact on both the practice of business and our daily lives. In this book, Mr. Lohr explores the fascinating human interest stories that lie behind this extraordinary wave of societal change.
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Book Review: Keeping Up with the Quants

Thomas Davenport, author of the best-selling Competing on Analytics, has penned a follow-up book titled Keeping Up with the Quants. Written with co-author Jinho Kim, this new title focuses on the process of analytics, and on the realities of communicating with analysts who may have more quantitative skills than yourself.
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Book Review: Now You See It

The focus of Now You See It lies at the intersection of data analysis and visualization. As described by its subtitle, “Simple Visualization Techniques for Quantitative Analysis,” the author’s purpose is to explain how visual charts and graphs can complement the process of data analysis by allowing the analyst to perceive patterns in data. Filled with many illuminating graphics, this book is well-researched, persuasive and just plain fun to read.
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Book Review: Big Data

It must be said that the current enthusiasm that surrounds “big data” is not all hype. The concept is based on reality, and this book explains why that is so. The authors note that between 2000 and 2007, the total amount of data stored digitally increased from 25% to over 90%. With this massive deluge of data, there has been a resulting paradigm shift in how one thinks about data. In fact, the authors coin the term “datafication” to describe recent attempts to utilize data in new and creative ways.
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Book Review: Competing on Analytics

Like a well-written play, Competing on Analytics grabs the reader’s attention and establishes the basic premise early in the first scene. In its first few pages, the authors relate the compelling story of how Netflix beat the odds and triumphed over the then dominant Blockbuster to capture the loyalty of those who rent movies.
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