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by Daniel Hanson, QA Data Scientist, Revolution Analytics


As most readers are well aware, market return data tends to have heavier tails than that which can be captured by a normal distribution; furthermore, skewness will not be captured either. For this reason, a four parameter distribution such as the Generalized Lambda Distribution (GLD) can give us a more realistic representation of the behavior of market returns, and a source from which to draw random samples to simulate returns.

While I was at the Strata conference in Santa Clara earlier this month, I had the pleasure of dropping in at BigData Silicon Valley for a theCUBE interview with John Furrier and Jeff Kelley. We talked about the next phase of Big Data — predictive analytics — and how R and Revolution Analytics fit into the picture. 


In the video below from The Atlantic, the differences in the way US citizens describe or pronounce various things is illustrated in a series of phone calls (via Sullivan):


Graham Williams is the Lead Data Scientist at the Australian Taxation Office, and the creator of Rattle, an open-source GUI for data mining with R.

A recent feature article in The Atlantic describes the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how researchers "conduct sophisticated data analyses using cloud resources such as Amazon Web Services and R, an open source application for statistics". (Via JP.)

by James Paul Peruvankal, Senior Program Manager at Revolution Analytics

If you missed our recent webinar Creating Value that Scales, you missed out on a live demonstration of the big-data analytics of Revolution R Enterprise embedded in the drag-and-drop visual workflow interface of Alteryx. 


Looking for a sweet gift for your data-loving significant other? Then check out these statistical distribution plushies on Etsy:

The BitCoin cryptocurrency has been much in the news of late. What, you don't have BitCoins? (Don't worry, neither do I.) Unless you have a supercomputer in your back yard and a cheap source of power, it's no longer really feasible to mine them yourself. But if you want some, several online exhanges will let you buy BitCoins for real money.