analytics conference

10月 212015

Don’t just think like a data scientist. Be one! You know analytical talent is in high demand. Differentiate yourself by earning a newly launched certification in big data and data science from SAS. The SAS Academy for Data Science can help you sharpen your skills and validate your expertise – for […]

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9月 302015

This guest post was written by Andy Pulkstenis, Director of Advanced Analytics for State Farm Insurance. He leads a team of advanced analytics professionals providing statistical analysis and predictive modeling support for the enterprise across a variety of business units. His background includes more than a decade of experience improving […]

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9月 242015

In October I will be at the Analytics 2015 conference in Las Vegas.  I’ve never been to Las Vegas before.  People tell me that if you are better than average in forecasting where a small ball will end up after it’s been spinning for a while in a dish with […]

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9月 192015

Do you want to know what will happen in the future? To gain true predictive insight, skip the tea leaves and look toward your data. SAS instructor Jeff Thompson is a high-energy data mining expert who will be demonstrating how to gain predictive insight from your data in his new […]

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9月 162015

Among the tightly held cards, piles of chips and bright lights, there have been stories that have unfolded in Las Vegas that have been forever preserved in time, never seeing the light of day.  But what if what happened in Vegas…could be shared with excitement with your friends and family?  […]

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9月 042015

Are you a student learning SAS in your classes? Interested in Big Data and the power of SAS Analytics? Here’s your opportunity to show us what you’ve got! At the Academic Summit at SAS Global Forum 2015, an exciting new competition was announced for students – the Student Symposium. This […]

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9月 032015

The digital disruption phenomenon is redrawing the market map: New players, products and services are gaining competitive advantage, while traditional business and revenue models are being questioned. Gartner believes that by 2020, thanks to the Internet of Things, information will be used to reinvent, digitalize or eliminate 80% of business […]

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8月 242015

Do you use an array of tools to perform predictive analytics on your data? Is your current tool not flexible enough to accommodate some of your requirements? SAS Enterprise Miner may be your solution. With growing number of data mining applications, having a tool which can do variety of analysis […]

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7月 222015

One of the most important skills for data scientists and business analytical professionals is communications. If decision makers and managers don't understand what the numbers mean -- results won't turn into action. Jeff Zeanah, President of Z Solutions, Inc. has been presenting on the topic of speaking “analytics” for many […]

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7月 132015

The Analytics 2015 conference in Las Vegas, Oct. 26 and 27 is designed for you. So why wouldn’t you help choose the content? New this year, we’re asking the analytics community to vote on one data mining and one forecasting topic that they want to hear at the conference. The voting takes place on

The sessions you can choose from include:

  • Data mining - open source integration with SAS
  • Data mining - video data mining
  • Data mining - ensemble modeling
  • Forecasting - count series forecasting (for time series that are discretely valued)
  • Forecasting - multistage models for highly seasonal and/or sparse demand series

I asked our forecasting expert, Ken Sanford and the data mining-meister, Patrick Hall to break it all down for us. These guys are serious about their areas of expertise. Just watch…

And now that we’re all friends again, I’ve asked Ken and Patrick to answer some questions on each of these hot topics.

Why is open source integration with SAS an important topic for today’s data scientist?

PH: This is the golden age of analytics. There are so many good tools available to data scientists that mixing and matching them has become common place. SAS enables the data scientist to make calls to their favorite bleeding-edge open-source packages AND allows open-source languages to call into vetted and scalable SAS procedures. This level of flexibility empowers data scientists to tackle complicated problems in whatever way they see fit.

What industries right now are taking advantage of video data mining?

PH: Video mining is used in government and security applications, in medical applications, and there are several emerging use cases in the retail and energy sectors. With the advent of deep learning techniques that can bring automated image recognition to human-level accuracy, it is likely that this sophisticated, big data technology will continue to evolve.

What types of predictive analytics problems do ensemble models help with?

PH: Ensemble models are perfect for real-life problems that involve big, noisy, dirty data. Ensemble models often train on boot-strapped samples, so they can be super scalable. They are known to produce very accurate results, and because ensembles are often built from decision trees, missing values, character variables, and high-cardinality class variables are no problem. So bring on your worst data, and let's see what ensemble models can do! 

What are the benefits of modeling series as count value versus continuous value?

KS: Most traditional time series analysis techniques assume that the time series values are continuously distributed. For example, autoregressive integrated moving average (ARIMA) models assume that the time series values are generated by continuous white noise passing through various types of filters. When a time series takes on small, discrete values (0, 1, 2, 3, and so on) such as with sales of durable goods or spare parts, this assumption of continuous values is unrealistic. By using discrete probability distributions, count series analysis can better predict future values and, most importantly, more realistic confidence intervals. In addition, count series often contain many zero values (a characteristic that is called zero-inflation). Any realistic distribution must account for the “extra” zeros.

What types of data tend to have multiple seasons? Why is this topic important for forecasters?

KS: Sales for a product, such as sunscreen or swimsuits, can greatly vary from one selling location to another during certain times of year. Sporadic sales across time, including weeks of zero sales, within the same selling location further complicates forecasting weekly sales of a particular product for a given store. These challenges require special attention in order to achieve a reasonable replenishment forecast for retailers. We will show several methods of forecasting with data that experience these seasonal characteristics.

You can cast your vote for one data mining and one forecasting topic on from July 13-Aug. 7.  Look for the Quick Poll section on the right-hand side of the homepage. The data mining and forecasting topics with the most number of votes will be a 50-minute breakout session at Analytics 2015.

Don’t forget that there are dozens of more topics you can learn about at the conference. Register to attend today.

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Vote on the Analytics 2015 sessions you want to hear was published on SAS Users.