This time next week, if all goes as planned, I’ll be on a plane back to Logan with a head full of data, a twitter account full of people who work with data, and a suitcase full of shorts. The Strata Conference, which takes starts this Tuesday, February 28th, and goes through Thursday, March 1st, is one of the country’s preeminent data science conferences. Certainly its sessions, which, in addition to the data scientists themselves, target CTOs/CIOs, marketers and journalists, are the broadest a’beam of any I’ve seen. And its speakers are (deservedly) bold-faced names to even the greenest of data geeks: Doug Cutting (Cloudera), Ben Goldacre (Bad Science), Hal Varian (Google), Mike Olson (Cloudera), JP Morgenthal (EMC), Alistair Croll (Bitcurrent), Usman Haque (Pachube), Coco Krumme (MIT Media Lab), O’Reilly’s own Edd Dumbill… It’s a lot to take in, especially if you, like me, are the type who panics at buffets and department stores. So, to help the both of us, I’ve made up a “Can’t Miss List (for the Social Strategist).” Annnd, since I’ll warrant that many, if not most, of you are not social strategists, I’m also giving you a “Can’t Miss List (for the CEO/Chief Scientist,” courtesy of our own CEO, David Wihl. You can thank, or debate, with both of us in the comments, on Twitter, or, best yet, at the show!

Can’t Miss List (for the Social Strategist)

Name Handle Presentation Time
Ken Krugler kkrugler Large scale web mining Tues, 9am
Mike Bowles

Jeremy Howard

mike_bow

jeremyphoward

The Two Most Important Algorithms in Predictive Modeling Today Tues, 1:30pm
Billy Bosworth Data as a Strategic Weapon - Walmart, Netfix and Apigee Panel Discussion Wed, 10:40am
Marcel Salathé marcelsalathe Understanding Social Contagion Wed, 11:30am
Jesper Andersen jandersen Building a Data Narrative: Discovering Haight Street Wed, 1:30pm
Philip Kromer mrflip Disambiguation: Embrace wrong answers & find truth Wed, 2:20pm
Xavier Amatriain xamat Netflix recommendations: beyond the 5 stars Wed, 4:00pm
Christopher Berry cjpberry Data Science in Marketing Analytics Wed, 4:50pm
Jim Adler

Solon Barocas

jim_adler

s010n

If Data Wants to Be Free, is Privacy a Prison? Thurs, 10:40am

 

 

Nathan Marz nathanmarz Storm: distributed and fault-tolerant realtime computation Thurs, 11:30am
Alyona Medelyan zelandiya Mining Unstructured Data: Practical Applications Thurs, 1:30pm
Ben Goldacre

Kaitlin Thaney

Bengoldacre

kaythaney

It's Not "Junk" [Data] Anymore Thurs, 2:20pm
Mark Hahnel figshare It's Not "Junk" [Data] Anymore Thurs, 2:20pm
Robbie Allen robbieallen From Big Data to Big Insights Thurs, 4:00pm
Marc Smith marc_smith Mapping social media networks (with no coding) using NodeXL Thurs, 4:50pm

 

Can't Miss List for the CEO/Chief Scientist

Name Handle Presentation Time
Michael Rys sqlservermike SQL and NoSQL Are Two Sides Of The Same Coin  Tues, 9:00am
Claudia Perlich From Knowing ‘What’ To Understanding ‘Why’  Tues, 9:45am
Monica Rogati mrogati The Model and the Train Wreck: A Training Data How-to  Tues, 11:00am
Jacob Perkins thedatachef Corpus Bootstrapping with NLTK  Tues, 11:30am
Ben Gimpert someben The Importance of Importance: An Introduction to Feature Selection Tues, 12:00pm
Matt Biddulph mattb Social Network Analysis Isn’t Just For People  Tues, 1:30pm
Robert Lefkowitz r0ml Array Theory vs. Set Theory in Managing Data  Tues, 2:15pm
Robert Lancaster rob1lancaster Survival Analysis for Cache Time-to-Live Optimization  Tues, 3:30pm
Eric Badeschwieler jeric14 The Future of Hadoop: Becoming an Enterprise Standard Wed, 10:40am
Alexander Stojanovic stojanovic Unleash Insights On All Data With Microsoft Big Data Wed, 11:30am
Pascal Boillat Changing Data Standards from Wall Street to DC and Beyond Wed, 1:30pm
Jen Zeralli Big Data: Wall Street Style Wed, 2:20pm
Kuntal Malia Analytics in a Community-Driven Fashion Retailer Wed, 4:00pm
Leigh Dodds ldodds Linked Data: Turning the Web into a Context Graph Wed, 4:50pm
Kirkland Barrett Democratizing BI at Microsoft: 40,000 Users and Counting Thurs, 10:40am
Stefan Groschupf datameer Hadoop Analytics in Financial Services Thurs, 11:30am
Alyona Medelyan zelandiya Mining Unstructured Data: Practical Applications Thurs, 1:30pm
Robbie Allen robbieallen From Big Data to Big Insights Thurs, 4:00pm
Marc Smith marc_smith Mapping social media networks (with no coding) using NodeXL Thurs, 4:50pm

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