Analytics Strategist

February 20, 2009

The desire to last forever …

Filed under: Business, Random Thoughts, spirituality, Technology — Tags: , , , — Huayin Wang @ 5:29 pm

and to do things that could last forever .. the desire that used to be a synonym for ego is perhaps one of the most important, and subtle, force for why we do not see reality as it is when it is right in your face.  It is perhaps the one force that comes so natrually for us in preventing us from going with the flow of nature.

I used to see this when it comes to spiritual matters, not knowing that this is so applicable to business as well.

September 18, 2007

Data Driven Intelligence

Filed under: business strategy, Datarology — Tags: , , , — Huayin Wang @ 6:01 pm

Abundance of intelligent people and intelligence is one major characteristic of our time!

Data Driven Intelligence, at least under its current moniker, is a modern invention. In the broadest sense, it refers to intelligence derived solely from data. It takes data, including meta-data, as the only input while outputting intelligent information.

The professionals in this trade are ones with the knowledge and skills for the extraction of intelligent information from data. This profession is still young and diversified. It has been called many names, including statistics, data analytics, machine learning, data mining, artificial intelligence, knowledge discovery, pattern recognition etc. I call it Datarology. Feel free to use your own favorite substitute.

But what about the similarly-named Numerology? Isn’t it also taking in data and generating “insightful” information?

It is true that both derive interesting and intelligent information from numbers, or claim to do so. It is amazing to see how much numerologists can derive out of as small a piece of data as a birthdate! Another profession marked by such an ability to derive much from little data or few words, is theology.

What distinguishes datarology from these two is how very careful it is about what information can be reliably drawn from the available data. I can’t imagine a datarologist being excited about working with a single data point—a birthday! This is not an indictment of numerology, or even a challenge of the validity of its intelligence. This is mainly to illustrate the difference between the two. In all fairness, numerologists do not really work with one data point, they work with huge amount of data going through intricate processes. The key difference lies in the fact that these data and processes are implicit and hidden in the dark (brain cells).

In contrast, Datarology is characterized in large part by its explicitness. It requires that every data and meta-data (including assumptions about the data characteristics) be made explicit; it also promises to make deductive process explicit. The intelligence-generating process can be so transparent that it could be understood and carried out by machine!

This is one force that is radically transforming business today and every day. It advantages businesses that have a lot of data, it improves efficiency of business operation, it pushes the digitalization of every aspect of business.

Most of all, it creates an evolutionary threat to the traditional forms of intelligence and intelligent people. The intelligence based on remembering facts, folklores, and rules that are readily derivable from data, the type that simply comes with age and experience is becoming endangered. If this is unfamiliar, read the book Moneyball by Michael Lewis.

It pays to learn these new knowledge and skills – the capability of extracting intelligence from data, all kinds of data.

The abundance of intelligence is greater now, with the addition of intelligent machines.

 

March 26, 2007

What’s next after search?

Filed under: Business — Tags: , — Huayin Wang @ 6:27 pm

In other words, what’s next after Google?

I believe it will be a technology that allow social search – an IM like application which has the following feature:
interface with Web, SMS, IM, CellPhone etc.
you can ask any question and get answers instantly, from people. The underlying technology optimally select channels to broadcast your questions, where people can subscribe to the channels they like.
Method of earning points, through activities and feedbacks. The point can be earned, purchased and used to purchase priority services.

Business model? Oh, I can’t even begin to think all the money that wanting to get in 🙂

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