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I was contracted by the FICO product marketing department to review their long term use of artificial intelligence (AI) for fraud, cybersecurity and compliance (AML) solutions. All three of these areas utilize machine learning and AI for anomaly detection. The flagship of this portfolio is the Falcon Fraud Platform, and is used by ~ 10,000 financial institutions to risk score approximately 9,000 payment card transactions/sec globally. I had a blast digging into all that FICO was doing with AI, and I came up with a summary document “5 Keys to Successfully Applying Machine Learning and AI in Enterprise Fraud Detection.” Here is a list of the 5 elements I focused on for the project:

  • The role of supervised and unsupervised models in fraud detection (with a focus on behavior anomaly analytics)
  • The importance of large data sets in model development and training
  • What are predicting features and why is domain expertise necessary in their development
  • The benefits of Specialized vs. Generic models in enterprise fraud (i.e., importance of expert features)
  • The role of adaptive analytics and/or self-learning AI in enterprise fraud

You can download the report here: 5_Keys_Successfully_Applying_Machine_Learning_ AI


insidebigdata_guide_dl_aiI’m very pleased to announce the availability of a new technology guide that I was contracted to research, develop and write – “insideBIGDATA Guide to Artificial Intelligence & Deep Learning” sponsored by NVIDIA.

This guide to artificial intelligence explains the difference between AI, machine learning and deep learning, and examines the intersection of AI and HPC. The guide includes a special section highlighting the results of a new insideBIGDATA audience survey to get readers thoughts about how they see AI, machine learning and deep learning for their own companies. The guide provides some of the survey results including numeric results, data visualization, and interpretation of the results.

You can download a copy of the guide HERE.

Opera-Solutions-LogoI recently was awarded an extended contract with Opera Solutions to continue as an industry analyst and contributor for their blog SignalCentral: The Hottest Spot for Big Data Science. I will be writing on a broad range of topics including big data, data science, machine learning, AI, and deep learning. Opera Solutions is a global provider of advanced analytics software solutions that address the persistent problem of scaling Big Data analytics. The company has over 175 data scientists on staff. My original announcement was on March 31, 2014. I’m very pleased to continue my work with this leading consulting group.

Here is an on-going list of blog post written on behalf of Opera Solutions:

7 Steps to Prepare for Data Science Adoption

AI, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning Explained

Ensuring Predictive Analytics Success with Data Preparation & Quality

AI: Why Now? An Old Technology Grows Up Fast



bigdata_fashion_featureMy long affiliation with LA’s preeminent fashion mart – The New Mart, has been a fruitful one. This collection of over 70 high-end fashion showrooms is managed by a forward-thinking team that allowed me to engage methods of statistical learning to increase the reach of their many clothing lines through use of social media data sources. I built some cool technology to yield a weekly “Fashion top 10” that serves to drive The New Mart’s social media effort. Using sentiment analysis coupled with data sources like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and fashion blogs, spreading brand awareness is approached in a strategic and focused manner.

insideBIGDATA_Guide_Research_featureI’m pleased to announce that I was contracted to research, develop and write a new technology guide “insideBIGDATA Guide to Scientific Research” sponsored by Dell and Intel. The goal for this Guide is to provide a road map for scientific researchers wishing to capitalize on the rapid growth of big data technology for collecting, transforming, analyzing, and visualizing large scientific data sets.

I was particularly excited about writing this guide since, in a previous life, I was a researcher in the data analysis effort for a large-scale astrophysics project.

You can download a copy of the guide HERE.

SCE_logoThis week I started a boot camp style corporate training gig over at Southern California Edison in Irwindale. The title of the 7 week course is “Introduction to R Programming,” although I’m teaching it like an intro to data science class. The contract was arranged through UC Irvine as part of their popular data science certificate program.

The SCE group attending the class is from a broad spectrum of SCE departments including IT, business intelligence, customer analytics, power supply, and business analysis. The participants see very capable and are anxious to move into the data science realm. I’m quite pleased to take some time off my busy project work schedule for a serious teaching assignment like this. Very rewarding!


Toyota_Financial_ServicesI just completed a short Boot-Camp style corporate training gig for Toyota Financial Services. The 3 full-day session was organized by UC Irvine Extension as part of their Data Science program. I had a blast with the Toyota group consisting of Big Data and BI managers, analysts, IT personnel, and programmers. It was a very insightful group with a sincere desire to learn R, data science and machine learning. I came away quite impressed with Toyota (too bad they’re moving to Texas).