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Links January 16, 2014

Economic Outlook

Central Station: January Fed Taper on Track

Federal Reserve officials, including a strong supporter of their easy money policies, have so far brushed off the weak employment report as a blip in an otherwise strengthening economic recovery. This suggests they are likely to stick to their plan to gradually wind down their bond-buying program this year as the recovery picks up momentum…

“True, the December jobs report was disappointing,” said Chicago Fed President Charles Evans, who has been a champion of aggressive central bank efforts to spur stronger economic growth. But, he added, “the recent data on economic activity generally have been encouraging” and “importantly, the labor market has improved.”

He said the tentative plan to reduce the monthly bond buys in $10 billion increments “seems quite reasonable” and “it makes sense to continue that in January.

Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart, a centrist on Fed policies, said Monday the December employment report hadn’t shaken his expectation that the central bank would stick to the taper plan.

Meanwhile two opponents of the bond-buying program, Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher and Philadelphia Fed President Charles Plosser indicated in separate speeches Tuesday they were all for winding it down.

Given that chorus, it appears probable Fed officials will trim their monthly bond purchases to $65 billion from $75 billion at their next policy meeting January 28-29 meeting. Now that tapering is under way, the bar for stopping the process seems quite high.

Big Data

Big Data systems are making a difference in the fight against cancer Open source, distributed computing tools speedup an important processing pipeline for genomics data

Big Data to increase e-tailer profits

As tablet and smartphone usage becomes more widespread, shopping online has become quicker and easier and the speed of delivery has become critical in the online fulfilment race.

The group of researchers, which includes Arne Strauss, Assistant Professor of Operational Research at Warwick Business School, propose an analytic approach that will predict when people want their shopping delivered depending on what delivery prices (or incentives such as discounts or loyalty points) are being quoted for different delivery time slots.

It takes into account accepted orders to date as well as orders that are still expected to come in….

The new approach was tested using real shopping data from a major e-grocer in the UK over a period of six months and generated a four per cent increase in profits on average in a simulation study, outperforming traditional delivery pricing policies.

Big Data and Data Science Books – A Baker’s Dozen – from Analytic Bridge

  1. Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and T…, by Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier
  2. The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-but Some Don’t, by Nate Silver
  3. Predictive Analytics: The Power to Predict Who Will Click, Buy, Lie…, by Eric Siegel
  4. The Human Face of Big Data, by Rick Smolan and Jennifer Erwitt
  5. Data Science for Business: What you need to know about data mining …, by Foster Provost and Tom Fawcett
  6. The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  7. Competing on Analytics: The New Science of Winning, by Thomas H. Davenport and Jeanne G. Harris
  8. Super Crunchers: Why Thinking-by-Numbers is the New Way to Be Smart, by Ian Ayres
  9. Big Data Marketing: Engage Your Customers More Effectively and Driv…, by Lisa Arthur
  10. Journeys to Data Mining: Experiences from 15 Renowned Researchers, by Mohamed Medhat Gaber (editor)
  11. The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery, by T.Hey, S.Tansley, and K.Tolle (editors)
  12. Seven Databases in Seven Weeks: A Guide to Modern Databases and the…, by Eric Redmond and Jim Wilson
  13. Data Mining And Predictive Analysis: Intelligence Gathering And Cri…, by Colleen McCue

Social Media

The History and Evolution of Social Media an Infographic (click to enlarge)

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If you like this, there are many more infographics focusing on social media at https://www.pinterest.com/JuanCMejiaLlano/social-media-ingles/ – some in Spanish. Also check out Top 10 Infographics of 2013 [Daily Infographic].

Economics

Economics: Science, Craft, or Snake Oil? – nice, but sort of equivocating essay by Dani Rodrik from his new offices at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Studies. Answer – all of the above.

Origin and Importance of the Salesman in US – A piece of US business history and culture. I like this.

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