Svetlana Sicular

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The Illusions of Big Data

by Svetlana Sicular  |  July 24, 2013  |  1 Comment

I’m afraid that more data and more analytics will create an illusion of solutions while the problems still persist. Many problems are intrinsically not possible to solve. Thousands of years of philosophy testify to that.  Philosophy aside, people cannot agree on elementary things: some of us have firm reasons to vote for democrats, some of […]

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The Sex Appeal of Math to Data Science

by Svetlana Sicular  |  December 18, 2012  |  Comments Off

  “Data scientist is the sexiest job of the 21st century” (Harvard Business Review) “Cybernetics is a whore of imperialism” (Stalin, 20th century) I cannot quite catch an association between these two sentences. Maybe it’s in the transitions: from a whore —  to the sexiest job, from East — to West, from socialism — to capitalism, from […]

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Cassandra for Greeks or for Geeks?

by Svetlana Sicular  |  August 11, 2012  |  2 Comments

Technology robs words of their intrinsic meaning: what happened to “like” and “friend”? Is it true that Facebook patented “face”? What is “oracle”? Who is Cassandra — a NoSQL database or a Trojan princess, who had a gift of prophecy and whom Apollo cursed never to be believed? At this week’s Cassandra Summit, I learned […]

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Pseudo-Tweets

by Svetlana Sicular  |  July 9, 2012  |  Comments Off

“Never odd or even”  —  palindromes draw respect when they carry at least some spark of meaning; you’ll even read them twice. Some time ago, a good friend of mine came up with the idea of pseudo-palindromes  (the same abrupt absurd and worthlessness), but you’ll read them twice anyway:  “Eat timely Nathan. Want tea? ” […]

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Data Scientist – Mystified

by Svetlana Sicular  |  June 29, 2012  |  7 Comments

Companies are desperately seeking mysterious creatures — data scientists. Some people claim to have seen them in LinkedIn and Target. Perhaps, those were encounters with data scientists from LinkedIn that shop at Target? Or Target data scientists who search on LinkedIn for pregnant teens? Either way, the companies are desperate (except for LinkedIn and Target). […]

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