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While current approaches to Artificial Intelligence focus heavily on Data Analytics and Machine Learning (ML), there are other possible approaches that could be combined with ML to provide richer AI functionality. Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at The Software Abstractions Blog
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) recently released Inpatient Charge Data for FY 2014 . CMS now provides annual data starting from 2011, although 2014 is the first year for which data is available for all diagnosis groups. In this post, we analyze this data from both the CMS... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2016 at Sparkling Data
According to HIPAA regulations under the HITECH Act, a covered entity must notify the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services of the federal government if it discovers a breach of unsecured protected health information. This notification must be made relatively quickly (usually within 60 days) if the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2016 at Sparkling Data
There has been some controversy recently about the supposedly cozy relationship between Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and the Oil & Gas industry - with the implication that the industry is a significant contributor to her 2016 presidential campaign in the Democratic primaries. Let’s see what the numbers tell us.... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2016 at Sparkling Data
The Bernie Sanders campaign has been an interesting sideshow in the Democratic presidential primary for 2016. Given the huge delegate lead accumulated by Hillary Clinton in the early days of polling, Senator Sanders’ campaign was always a long shot. As his campaign has been saying recently, it has always been... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at Sparkling Data
This is the first chart in the series for analyzing diagnosis and payment medicare data for 2011 published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). Analytics Charts In the first chart, we look at the total discharges for the top 11 DRGs in 2011. DRGs are a classification system... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2015 at Sparkling Data
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) publish historical medicare diagnosis and payment data. This series of posts analyzes this data for 2011. Data Source Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Provider Level Charges and Medicare Payments for the Top 100 Diagnosis-Related Groups (DRG) Size: 163072 rows Description Medicare provider... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2015 at Sparkling Data
Pricing is one of the most important decisions you can make for your small or medium-sized business. At the same time, it is often the least-understood part of the business; many businesses simply continue to stick with the product prices they have already used in the past, regardless of changes... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2015 at Sparkling Data
Point of Sale Data is one of the most valuable sources of business intelligence data that is often overlooked. This is data that every retail business collects as a matter of course, simply by doing what they do routinely. It can provide deep actionable insights that can be used to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2015 at Sparkling Data
In this post, let's analyze motorcycle safety data from the US Department of Transportation to get an objective, data-driven answer to the question: Are motorcyclists statistically less likely to get injured or worse if they're wearing a helmet? Problem Definition Given motorcycle safety data about fatalities, injuries, miles ridden and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2015 at Sparkling Data
Marketing Analytics Vendor Localytics has posted a data visualization challenge. Essentially it is a predictive analytics problem. The Problem The challenge gives us a data set of 50K previous funding or viewing events at fictional crowdfunding company BootLoader. A variety of user data, such as age range, gender, location, marital... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2015 at Sparkling Data
IT and Co-location In the distant past of software development - by which I mean, ten years ago - software companies made a clear distinction between Application development and Infrastructure management. Most companies had a dedicated IT team to configure,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at The Software Abstractions Blog
The health care system in this country has been undergoing a major change over the past ten years and the pace of change is accelerating. We are now at an inflection point and it will never be the same again.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2015 at The Software Abstractions Blog
The next frontier in Big Data Analytics beyond Hadoop is Real-time processing. The two open source leaders in this space are: S4 from Yahoo! (now in Apache Incubator) and Storm from Nathan Marz (of BackType and Twitter). After some research... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2013 at The Software Abstractions Blog
The growth of Graph Databases and graph-based analytics of large-scale and unstructured datasets. Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2013 at The Software Abstractions Blog
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