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Monday, May 9 • 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Big Data Analytics Using R and PySpark for Business, Finance and Marketing - Dirk Van den Poel, Ghent University

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In this talk, we share our experience in researching and practicing Business Analytics with a strong emphasis on predictive and prescriptive analytics. We present our findings using a series of platforms ranging from (1) large shared memory systems (e.g. for open-source R code, #rstats), over (2) dedicated Apache Spark clusters using Python Jupyter Notebooks to (3) very large HPC settings with hundreds of nodes (using HOD, https://github.com/hpcugent/hanythingondemand).
More specifically, we discuss our experience (a) running huge equity price-direction prediction models for S&P 100 stocks, (b) analyzing analytical CRM databases for a large retailer, and (c) researching the link between tweets and weblog data.

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Dirk Van den Poel

Professor of Data Analytics, Ghent University
Dirk Van den Poel (PhD) is Senior Full Professor of Data Analytics/Big Data at Ghent University, Belgium. He teaches courses such as Statistical Computing, Big Data, Predictive and Prescriptive Analytics. He co-authored 80+ international peer-reviewed publications in journals such... Read More →

Monday May 9, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm PDT
Plaza B