A Greener Christmas from the EPA to you; Environmentally Friendly tips for the Holidays

first_imgChristmas around the world is a festive time for cheers and gift-giving. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most wasteful times of the year. Throughout the year, the Environmental Protection Agency would have offered practical advice and solutions on how you, as consumers, can manage your waste; conserve water and electricity; and overall, be more environmentally conscious. The festive season has a huge environmental impact on water and energy usage. There is the release of greenhouse gases, and land disturbances caused by the production, consumption and disposal of some of our favourite holiday items. If we can all try to reduce our eco-footprint, it would go a far way in protecting our environment.Environmentally friendly tips for the seasonSome ways we can make small changes, but have a big impact;• Make at least some of your Christmas decorations. At the EPA, we would have shared ideas about reusing and up cycling throughout the year on several television, radio and outreach programmes. This is a good time to put into practice what you would have learnt, and make attractive decorations. CDs, cardboards, mason jars, glass and plastic bottles, and many other items around the home can be creatively transformed.• Reuse packaging cartons and shipping materials when you go shopping for new furniture and other household items.• Remember to unplug Christmas lights in and around the home when going to bed or leaving home. This will help you to conserve energy and, most of all, save you some needed cash for after the holidays. It also reduces the risk of fires.• Look for energy saving lights and if you can use automatic timers to turn them on and off. This will not only be good for the environment, but also for safety; and will give you peace of mind while you’re away.• Keep it simple: One thoughtful gift is better than six wrapped packages of unwanted gifts. Plan ahead.• Give the gift of an experience: Music lessons, lessons for a new hobby, a massage, a trip to a resort or one of Guyana’s Protected Areas are perfect for friends who want to try something new; and the best part is you don’t have to wrap the gift.• Give monetary donations to a local charity and environmental clubs in your community, so they can execute projects that would enhance the community.• Make gift-giving a bit fun this year, don’t wrap gifts. Hide them and give the recipients clues. Make the search a treasure hunt.• Donate: Give used items in good condition to persons in need or to charitable organisations, instead of throwing them out. This will go a far way in reducing waste.• Make a list: Do not be carried away with all the fancy things you see; make a list, stick to your list, and purchase durable items which can be stored and reused another year. Avoid excessive and impulsive shopping at all cost!You can share your ideas and questions by sending letters to: “Our Earth, Our Environment”, C/O ECEA Programme, Environmental Protection Agency, Ganges Street, Sophia, GEORGETOWN; or email us at: eit.epaguyana@gmail.com or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.last_img read more

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More at stake

first_imgPresident, Valley Industry & Commerce Association Wedge awards With premier acting Academy Awards going to deserving African-Americans Forrest Whitaker and Jennifer Hudson, can we finally do away with segregationist awards shows like the BET and Latin Grammys? These types of shows made sense in the days of Jim Crow but they are now simply wedges in the hope of a truly homogenous colorblind society. – Chuck Heinold West Hills The real culprit “A fuel-saving downside” (Feb. 22) provided totally misleading information. California highways have been deteriorating for the past 20 years. Sales of hybrids and recent increases in sales of smaller, fuel-efficient cars have occurred for only the past two years. I know of no one who traded in their SUV or other high-fuel-consumption vehicle because of operation costs. I have read that taxes collected from fuel consumption have been directed to other uses rather than maintenance of highways and public transportation. Isn’t that the real reason our roads are in poor condition? – Don Evans Canoga Park Oil for roads We should make the oil companies use some of their windfall profits to help rebuild the roads; after all, they are profiting most from the miles driven. – Joe Futterer Topanga DONE’s done Re “Making like a tree” (Our opinions, Feb. 22): Lisa Sarno, the extremely capable and bright general manager of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, cannot be replaced. The entire system has to be. Sarno followed Greg Nelson, who had more than 10 years’ experience running DONE and could not handle it. The neighborhood councils themselves are like battlefields within their own districts. DONE is done. Start over. – Tom Gibbons Member of the board, Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council Like a train wreck Lisa Sarno was a train wreck. In any corporation she would have been terminated, but Los Angeles city government marches to a different drumbeat. After almost destroying the fine work of all the neighborhood councils, what happens? Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa rewards Sarno by appointing her head of the Million Trees initiative. At least the trees cannot protest her work, and we will not hear from her again. – Frank Jacobs Sylmar This is justice? Re: “A vote for Jessica’s Law is a vote for kids” (Their opinions, Feb. 25): Bill O’Reilly opines that the various “Jessica’s Laws,” which have been passed in many states, are solutions to child-sex crimes. He is not taking into consideration how these laws do not differentiate among levels or types of sex crimes. The ghastly predator to whom he refers in his column deserves the most severe punishment. However, under many states’ versions of Jessica’s Law, the same punishments must also apply to a hypothetical female schoolteacher in her 20s who has consensual sex with a 210-pound, 17-year-old nonvirgin high school football player. How is this justice? – Charles L. Murray Moorpark160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “Listen to the boss,” (Our opinions, Feb. 23): The long-term consequences of the California Transportation Commission not funding 405 Freeway projects go much deeper than just missing a rare opportunity to relieve congestion on the nation’s busiest corridor. If the CTC does not fund this project, it may well mean that federal transportation officials will interpret that as a sign that California is unwilling to match federal resources for the fixes we need most. Should the CTC not fund the 405 projects, it will be more difficult to secure the federal funds we will need for extensions to the Orange Line, Red Line and Alameda Corridor. – Brendan L. Huffman last_img read more

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El Camino Real wins fifth Academic Decathlon title

first_imgThe team earned its place in the national competition after winning the state title in March. And as it had done in 2005, it entered the competition as a “wild card” after coming in second behind Granada Hills Charter High School in the LAUSD regional competition. California now has won 14 of 26 national championships, with 10 of those brought home by LAUSD teams that mastered multiple-choice tests in everything from art to mathematics, an oral relay, written contests and interviews. El Camino edged out Whitney Young Magnet High School in Chicago, which placed second, and Waukesha West High School in Wisconsin, which earned third. “I was nervous most of the time,” El Camino coach Gregorio said. “I felt our biggest threat was and always has been Wisconsin, but it was Illinois.” California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger issued a statement praising the team. “These dedicated students are a shining example of our state’s commitment to the highest standards in education,” he said. Laura Durand, mother of El Camino team member Helen Durand, noted the team’s dedication. “They all gave up so much for this win,” she said. “They studied until 10 p.m. every night. They gave up sleep. It wouldn’t matter where this competition was held. We’re all so proud of them.” With the title in hand and the hours of study and pressure behind them, members of the El Camino team said they now can relax and enjoy Hawaii. “I’d like to see the beach,” said a still-serious Sam Farahmand, a junior at El Camino. “I haven’t seen it yet. I heard it was pretty.” susan.abram@dailynews.com (818) 713-3664160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HONOLULU – They sacrificed frolicking in the sunshine and the white sandy beaches of Waikiki, but in the end it was worth it for members of El Camino Real High School’s Academic Decathlon team, who landed their fifth national title Saturday. Earning the new moniker “no ka oi” – Hawaiian for “the best” – the team racked up 52,148 out of 60,000 possible points to help clinch the title over 38 competing teams. The Woodland Hills school now becomes the second high school in the nation to win the championship five times, tying Texas’ J.J. Pearce High School for the record. Upon learning the news Saturday, members of the team cheered and embraced each other tightly. “It’s an amazing feeling. Just awesome!” said El Camino coach Lissa Gregorio, who along with co-coach Liz Johnson wrapped herself in a giant yellow banner that read “division champions.” In addition to the title, team members also will bring home nearly three dozen medals, hundreds of dollars in scholarships, and the fifth national decathlon championship in seven years for a San Fernando Valley high school. “They had an incredibly high score,” said Cliff Ker, director of the Academic Decathlon for the Los Angeles Unified School District. “It’s unheard of, especially with the degree of difficulty in the tests and curriculum.” Members of the winning team are Venus Vakhshori, 18; Jennifer Yoo, 18; Shengya Cao, 17; Helen Durand, 17; Sam Farahmand, 16; Jiyoung Kim, 18; Franklin Yu, 17; and Frank Soberanis, 17. last_img read more

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Aston Villa fail with shock move for former Arsenal man

first_img Gervinho Aston Villa have failed in an attempt to land former Arsenal attacker Gervinho from Roma.talkSPORT told you earlier on Tuesday how Villa were close to agreeing a move with the Italian side for Adem Ljajic.According to Corriere dello Sport, however, Ljajic was not the only Roma player on their radar – with the Midlands club also enquiring about the availability of winger Gervinho.But it is understood that Villa have now ended their interest in the Ivorian after holding talks with Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini.The breakdown in negotiations for Gervinho will not affect the deal on the table for Ljajic.Tim Sherwood’s side are looking to tie up a deal for the Serbian forward this week after positive talks with Sabatini over the 23-year-old. 1last_img

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Former Man City and Man United star snubs mega-money move to China

first_img Carlos Tevez 1 Former Manchester City, Manchester United and West Ham forward Carlos Tevez has reportedly rejected a move to the Chinese Super League. Tevez has become the latest player to be linked with a lucrative switch to China and reports have suggested he’s considered following fellow South American stars Jackson Martinez and Ramires to the Far East. The 32-year-old only left Juventus for La Bombonera last summer but Shanghai SIPG were said to be willing to offer the forward a huge sum of money to play for them for one season.However, according to Argentine newspaper Ole, Tevez has now decided he wants to stay in his home country and finish his career with boyhood club Boca Juniors.last_img

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WIN FREE MIKE DENVER TICKETS AND OVERNIGHT STAY FOR TWO AT VILLA ROSE HOTEL

first_imgScoil Mhuire, Stranorlar in conjunction with the Villa Rose Hotel are giving one lucky reader the opportunity to win FREE Mike Denver Tickets AND an overnight Stay for TWO at the Villa Rose Hotel, Ballybofey.To enter simply share this story on your Facebook page and you will automatically be entered into the draw to WIN!Scoil Mhuire, Stranorlar are delighted to present Mike Denver and his band who will be playing a Fundraising Dance in the Villa Rose Hotel on the 11th of December 2014. This fundraiser is vitally important, as all money raised will be going towards the purchase of a set of class tablets and improvements needed in the Junior Yard.All involved have been working on this projects for a number of months and are hoping the fundraiser will make a huge difference.Organisers are asking for people from both near and far to support this dance on the night as every ticket counts and it is sure to be an enjoyable and lively occasion.The Villa Rose Hotel are offering a package deal with Tickets and Dinner for only €39pp or an Overnight stay with Tickets & Dinner for only €79pp, this is the ideal pre-Christmas night out. Tickets can be purchased from hotel reception or over the phone on 074-9132266.Entries for the draw close on 09/12/14. Prize is for 2 people sharing. Competition T&C apply.Log on to www.villarose.net/event/5099/Dancing-to-Mike-Denver-15 for full details. WIN FREE MIKE DENVER TICKETS AND OVERNIGHT STAY FOR TWO AT VILLA ROSE HOTEL was last modified: December 4th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more

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Alexis Sanchez is a ‘disgrace’ and ‘feels he should have joined Man City’

first_img 2 “I’ve seen all the legends since the late 90s play for Manchester United and have seen a lot of big-money names come in – but I’ve never seen more disgraceful performances from a single player who is paid so much money than Sanchez,” said Custis on Tuesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“I think within weeks of arriving at Manchester United he felt he should have gone to Manchester City.‘ASK HIM’ – Jose Mourinho points to Sun journalist when questioned about Zidane rumours“That’s what I’m hearing, I’m not saying it’s true or that it’s fact.“All because he wasn’t indulged straight away by the manager in terms of playing exactly how he wanted.“Jose Mourinho has a plan to get football teams to win matches, he doesn’t just indulge players into want they wanted to do, and Sanchez wanted to be indulged in that way. 2 “He’s been moaning and winging behind the scenes, he’s been moaning and winging to the manager about his tactics, starting in the US tour, would be believe, in a friendly against AC Milan.“But he hasn’t been producing it himself! He’s been subbed three times in his last three appearances and he didn’t even get on the bench against West Ham.“A lot of people said, ‘why wasn’t Sanchez on the bench? He could have changed the game’.“But what evidence has there been since he joined in January that he’s going to change anything? He’s scored three goals!”Listen back to Neil Custis on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above! Manchester United Alexis Sanchez has been slated for his ‘disgraceful performances’ since joining the club in January, with talkSPORT told the player feels he should have joined Manchester City instead.There were high hopes on the Chilean star when he left Premier League rivals Arsenal to arrive at Old Trafford ten months ago.But it has just not worked out for him in the North West, having scored just three goals in 23 appearances in a Red Devils shirt.Jose Mourinho has also come under the spotlight in recent weeks and it is said Sanchez is fuming with the manager after he was left out of the squad entirely for Saturday’s miserable 3-1 defeat to West Ham.And Neil Custis, Manchester correspondent for The Sun, has revealed the winger has been ‘moaning and whinging’ behind the scenes over Mourinho’s negative tactics, and says there are rumours that he wishes he linked up with Pep Guardiola at cross-town rivals City instead. Sanchez’s last United goal came in the FA Cup against Tottenham in April Mourinho said on Monday that “some [players] care more than others” – was that a dig at Sanchez and some of his under-performing team-mates? last_img read more

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177 SCHOOLS ACROSS DONEGAL GET GRANTS FOR IMPROVEMENTS

first_imgA total of 177 primary schools in Donegal are to receive a grant before the end of November to enable them to undertake small-scale repairs, under the Minor Works Scheme.Senator Jimmy HarteSenator Jimmy Harte has welcomed the announcement.He also confirmed that the Summer Works scheme has been re-opened to local primary and secondary schools for the first time since 2011 describing it as “great news.” “News that the Summer Works scheme has been reinstated for the first time in three years was confirmed by my colleague, the Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn, on Thursday.“Funding from the scheme will allow local schools to carry out works that will improve and upgrade existing school buildings. This includes small and medium scale building works such as gas, electrical and mechanical works, roof and window upgrades, or structural improvements. It also minimises the disruption to students, this scheme applies to work undertaken during non-school time.“It will also create direct and indirect local construction jobs.”It is up to all local primary and secondary schools to identify the most urgently required projects to be funded from the Summer Works Scheme, and to apply accordingly. Meanwhile, the Minor Works grant will be paid to every primary school in (insert county) by the end of the month. It provides them with a small amount of funding to carry out small capital or improvement works to the school.Each school will receive a payment of €5,500 per school, and a further €18.50 per mainstream pupil, or €74 per pupil with special needs.“I am especially pleased that these two schemes have been announced this week. Despite the funding constraints on the Minister’s capital budget, Minister Quinn continues to improve educational infrastructure in local communities,” added Senator Harte.177 SCHOOLS ACROSS DONEGAL GET GRANTS FOR IMPROVEMENTS was last modified: November 8th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalimprovementsschoolsSenator Jimmy Hartelast_img read more

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Alonso nears perfection in qualifier

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I am a little bit surprised to be on pole position, but the car was perfect,’ Alonso said. “Tomorrow I am full of confidence for all the team.’ McLaren and Renault are dueling for the constructors title, whose standings determine how much funding each team receives from auto racing’s governing body. Renault leads McLaren by two points, reversing the two-point advantage that McLaren held last week. The competition could go down to the last lap of the last race, just as Raikkonen passed Fisichella on the final circuit of last week’s Japanese Grand Prix. Raikkonen has seven victories this season, including four in the last six races, to Alonso’s six. Raikkonen and teammate Juan Pablo Montoya have won the last six races, with three each. Alonso hasn’t won since July. CONCORD, N.C. Feeling singled out by NASCAR’s proposed cap on teams, Roush Racing distributed a 10-point argument Saturday outlining the benefits of multi-car ownership. First, he’ll have to fend off a surging Kimi Raikkonen, the Formula One runner-up hoping to capture the team title for McLaren today. Alonso won the driver title two races ago, becoming Formula One’s youngest champion at 24. The Spaniard earned his sixth pole position of 2005 and the ninth of his career. With teammate Giancarlo Fisichella qualifying second, Renault will dominate the front row of the starting grid for the first time this season. NASCAR chairman Brian France said last weekend he was looking at placing a limit on the number of teams a car owner will be able to field in the Nextel Cup series. Any limits would be phased in over the next few seasons. Car owner Jack Roush who owns five teams and all five qualified for NASCAR’s Chase for the championship was told of the plans second-hand, and his management group spent a large part of this week preparing the five-page document they placed around the garage area at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. FONTANA Honda will be supplying engines to Indy Racing League teams through 2009, it was announced Saturday at California Speedway. Whether any other engine manufacturers will join Honda in the IRL is yet to be determined. Honda made its commitment to the IRL as Chevrolet and Toyota are preparing to leave the open-wheel racing series. Chevrolet is gone after the 2005 season. Toyota will leave after 2006. As it stands, Honda will be the sole engine supplier to the IRL when the 2007 season starts. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img SHANGHAI, China Renault’s Fernando Alonso turned in a nearly flawless qualifying lap Saturday, putting him in position to add the team title to his driver championship entering the season-ending Chinese Grand Prix. last_img read more

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The argot of the aces: Common terms for the big data enthusiast

first_imgReadWrite Sponsors Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Follow the Puckcenter_img Big data is loaded with big words. Having a good grasp of common data terms helps you not only understand, but also join in and influence conversations around data initiatives. Check out vital discussions around data evolution and revolution at www.datamakespossible.com.Okay, let’s get started and demystify some terms you’ve heard before and introduce a couple that may be brand new.Data scientist Combining equal parts of science, business, and art, the Data Scientist uses knowledge of algorithms, tools, and processes to extract some value out of data. A data scientist will often run machine learning or artificial intelligence to mine, group, or analyze data sets. Heteroscedasticity and heteroscedastic data HeteroWHAT? This may be a new term for you, so let’s walk through a very basic example of what this means. Some data is constant and never changes. Yesterday’s weblogs are a constant. Until we invent time travel, you won’t be able to go back and change what someone did yesterday. The next level of complexity for data is linear. A queue or voicemail is an example of linear growth. If one worker can process ten messages per hour, then we’d need five workers to handle 50 messages per hour. Data that grows in quadratic fashion would grow at 4x (or greater) the rate. An example of this might be social media. When you write a post, 4, 10, 100, or even millions of people may read it. Those people may share your post, comment on it, or otherwise generate some metadata that changes every second. This is where we start getting into heteroscedasticity. It’s defined by high velocity (it moves and changes quickly) with high variability (i.e. no easy way to predict who comments, shares and likes a post, or what the speed of response will be).Another great analogy is cooking. When cooking a meal, we’re combining ingredients in different ways to try to create something that’s (hopefully) delicious. As anyone who’s tried to cook knows, any number of small changes—adding a little salt, cooking for 2 minutes too long, chopping the tomatoes too large or small—can have a profound impact on the outcome and to the convergence of the final recipe for that signature dish. Even if you’ve never used this term before, heteroscedasticity is something you’ll run into more and more with industrial IoT workloads. This is especially true when dealing with high-velocity data (like streaming), or frequently when dealing with unstructured, rapidly changing data like HTML pages that the Google web crawler traverses.Janet George, Fellow and Chief Data Scientist, Western DigitalMachine learning Machine Learning (ML) is a field of computer science that enables computers to recognize and extract patterns from raw data through rigorous training of data models. ML enables “the three C’s of big data” — classification, clustering, and collaborative filtering. Classification is the problem of identifying to which set of categories/ sub-categories or population/sub-population a new pattern belongs to training sets of data that contain that pattern or instances where the category is already identified and known. For example, classification might involve training an algorithm to say, recognize tumors in a set of MRI scans, then asking the algorithm to identify other scans that have tumors. Clustering involves grouping raw data points into sets or “clusters”. An example here might be an ML algorithm that runs over web logs in real time, grouping valid traffic (to allow) in one category and possible attacks (to block) in another. Collaborative filtering is just a fancy word for “recommendations.” An example is determining and displaying products that show some affinity with each other. Much of what we do in ML is called “shallow learning.” Deep learning is usually a component in true Artificial Intelligence. Artificial intelligence Artificial Intelligence (AI) encompasses and expands on ML by providing computers with the ability to perform a deep cognitive analysis. Whereas ML typically involves some sort of initial human intervention in the way of algorithm creation, tuning, or training (like feeding scans of tumors to the computer), AI enables the computer to select, tune, and train itself to perform some specific function. Ultimately AI uses deep learning to emulate human decision-making and learning processes.You might not realize it, but, AI is probably part of your daily life.  More on this in the NLP definition below.Virtual reality Virtual Reality (VR) allows users to step into virtual worlds that look and sound completely different from their physical surroundings. VR enables entertainment experiences like virtual roller coasters, but also has significant commercial applications. VR typically requires a digital display headset. Augmented reality Augmented Reality (AR) strives to overlay digital artifacts on top of the real world, enabling interaction. Recently, AR has become widely successful with the popularity of gameplay apps. Natural language processing Natural Language Processing (NLP) allows computers to parse and understand written or spoken human language. If you talk to your phone or home, you probably have experienced NLP. NLP is a great place to explain the difference between deep and shallow learning. First generation NLP (shallow learning) focused on breaking a sentence up into tokens (words), and then applying some rules to the tokens. Today’s deep learning NLP, however, looks at the whole context of a statement and reasons out the true meaning. Imagine a written web review. Shallow learning would simply look at a limited number of data tokens like “number of review rating stars” and basic “sentiment analysis.” This may involve counting the number of positive vs. negative words. These data points are fed through an often-brittle set of rules to arrive at a conclusion about whether the review was positive or negative. A deep learning engine applies more intelligence to this analysis—almost like what a human might surmise if they read the same review. For example, if a review had lots of “positive,” like five-star ratings, good positive to negative count ratio, etc., a shallow NLP engine might conclude it was a positive review. A deep learning NLP engine, however, might interpret (as a human would) that the review was actually negative upon reading “I will never buy this product again.” That sentence alone negates any positive sentiments a user may have provided. Image recognition Image recognition gives computers the ability to suss meaning out of a simple visual image. It is frequently bundled in a provider’s ML or AI offerings (along with NLP). Image recognition allows computers to identify objects like written language using Optical Character Recognition or OCR (text in billboards), tag objects (like “mountain”, “tree”, “car”, “skyscraper”) and even perform facial analysis (like drawing bounding boxes around faces). Image recognition is currently being taken to a whole new level by the automotive industry with their application of facial analysis to detect and alert drivers who may be feeling fatigued.Structured, unstructured, semi-structured data Historically, much of the data we worked with was heavily structured. This means it fit nicely into a row / column format (like databases). As a result, many computer systems were designed to ingest and generate that form of data. Humans are a different beast. We excel at generating and consuming unstructured data like free-flowing text, voice, and images like camera snapshots. All of this data inherently has no “structure” to it. We can’t “depend” on certain languages, words, intonations, etc. Semi-structured data sits somewhere in the middle. A good example is email. It has some structure like “subject”, “to”, “from”, “date”, but the main payload is a blob of unstructured text in the “body” of the email. Only in the last 10 years, have our computer systems become powerful enough to perform analyses on unstructured data.Data lake Any analytics engine, like Hadoop, will provide both storage and compute, often, in a tightly coupled arrangement. Every time you add more processing, you inherently add more storage. Many organizations however are sitting on mountains (petabytes) of data that they want to durably retain, but not analyze immediately. One reason for delay is the pre-processing and cleansing the data might need prior to analysis.A data lake provides a low-cost, highly durable, accessible-from-anywhere storage with limited compute. It allows for much greater retention of data than what is processed at one time. Looking at a recipe paradigm, a data lake is like your pantry of raw ingredients (vegetables, rice, bouillon). Only when you want to cook, do you pull out the right subset of ingredients, per the recipe, and prepare them for that meal. Database What we commonly refer to as “a database” is also known as a Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) or an OLTP (Online Transaction Processing) system. Oracle, MySQL, SQL Server are all common examples of this. Many small “transactions” that (typically) come from end users characterize RDBMSes. Think of retail ecommerce websites. At any given moment, several hundreds of thousands of users are performing small reads (queries) and writes (inserts) when they browse for products, read reviews, generate orders etc. There is an expectation that these systems perform these queries very quickly.Data warehouse A data warehouse (also known as an enterprise data warehouse or EDW) is where the company runs analytics to answer several important business questions. What is our fastest growing product line? Which product categories have the best ROI? What are our worst performing regions, categories, salespeople, and so on?EDWs are typically only used by a handful (maybe a dozen or few dozen) internal users, running long-running queries on massive (possibly hundreds of TB or dozens of PB) datasets. VisualizationA visualization tool provides a visual front end to do complex analytics. Using simple drag-and-drop, even unskilled interns can build a good deal of complex reports like quarterly sales, bestselling products, growth, etc.These systems typically require that the engine you’re connecting them to have a SQL interface, which (not coincidentally) every RDBMS and EDW provides. If you’re like a lot of data analysts, 95% of your interaction with your systems will be via one of these visualization tools.Hope you’ve enjoyed this quick walkthrough of common terms we find in big data. Feel free to now impress the folks at the water cooler by discussing how the visualization of unprecedented data growth, the advantages of creating a data lake, unlocking the value heteroscedastic data through ML and AI is thoroughly changing the world. Curious about data’s impact on the world? Now that you speak the lingo, please join the discussions at datamakespossible.com. This article was produced in partnership with Western Digital. The author is Fellow and Chief Data Scientist, Western Digital, and is shaping, driving, and implementing the Big Data platform, products, and technologies, using advanced analytics and pattern matching with semiconductor manufacturing data at the firm.  Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Tags:#AI#AR#Hadoop#Internet of Things#IoT#Machine Learning#NLP#VR#Western Digital last_img read more

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