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  • Blog Post: Public Data Sources – finding them and using them

    A quick post here on some valuable data sources you can use in your HDInsight, Microsoft Excel, SQL Server, APS, and other products to enrich your data. Sometimes it’s helpful just to peruse through various sources to see what you can put together to gain more insight and answers. If you know of...
  • Blog Post: The Data Science Laboratory Series is Complete

    I wrote a series of articles on creating a Data Science Laboratory over on Simple-Talk - you can find the complete list of articles below. The series covers installing various software tools and packages on a Virtual Machine running the Windows operating system. I think there's no substitute for installing...
  • Blog Post: Data Science and the Cloud

    More than perhaps any other computing discipline, Data Science lends itself best to Cloud Computing in general, and Windows Azure in specific. That's a big claim, but before I offer some evidence, I need to explain what I mean by "Data Science". I've written before on Data Science ( http://blogs.msdn...
  • Blog Post: Using Hadooop (HDInsight) with Microsoft - Two (OK, Three) Options

    Microsoft has many tools for “Big Data”. In fact, you need many tools – there’s no product called “Big Data Solution” in a shrink-wrapped box – if you find one, you probably shouldn’t buy it. It’s tempting to want a single tool that handles everything...
  • Blog Post: Is Data Science “Science”?

    I hold the term “science” in very high esteem. I grew up on the Space Coast in Florida, and eventually worked at the Kennedy Space Center, surrounded by very intelligent people who worked in various scientific fields. Recently a new term has entered the computing dialog – “Data...
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