HP To Acquire Analytics Specialist Vertica

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By Ramy Ghaly

The buyout will help HP counter IBM’s recent acquisition of Netezza as analytics sector heats up.


Hewlett-Packard said Monday it agreed to acquire Vertica, a privately-held developer of software that lets businesses analyze and interpret information stored in enterprise databases. The move should help HP keep pace with rival IBM, which recently bolstered its analytics portfolio with the buyout of Netezza.

HP officials said the deal will help enterprise customers cope with vastly increasing amounts of information coming into their organizations—through the Web, mobile phones, smart devices, and other sources.

IBM enhanced its analytics portfolio late last year with the $1.7 billion acquisition of Netezza, which bundles analytics software with specialized hardware.

HP said it expects the deal to close in the second quarter.

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Is “Personalized News” a Trend that is here to stay or is it Just a Fad?

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February 17, 2011

 

Many thanks to a growing number in conventional media, especially, online media that are now looking into customized news trends as an opportunity to  ride the social wave which offers their audience a free service that now allows them to “personalize news”. Although, this trend is not new, but lately I have seen major players in conventional news media giants like WSJ, NYT, WP, LA Times and others are jumping into, and offer such solutions to “personalize news”.

Here are some trends/facts of the media industry and how I do see it going. Nonetheless, a further deep analysis is needed to find out exactly if this trend sustainable or is it just a Fad?

I call this trend “News Social Communities“. In conventional media, personalize news services are new to traditional news agencies where they are engaging their audience to share, build communities, discuss hot topics in the news, and even be able to share their blog posts on hot topics or trending topics in the news today; similarly, to product/brand conversations on social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn; just to name a few.

One important finding is worth highlighting in the product functionality is its “search technology” which is being used today. So far, I have looked into most of these services and non offer the semantic approach in finding news. They are all still using keyword based search technology with lengthy profile filing to extract relevant news as per the user preference. However, this all could change the ball game with real challenges in the market place when differentiating elements introducing superior search capabilities.

Would you like to “personalize news feed” using the semantic approach?

I think most of the current and future users that are already have some user experience in this can now see the difference between “keyword based search technologies” opposed to “topic based semantic technologies”. One semantic technology product that recently introduced a free service using the semantic approach in personalizing news feed with the latest technology in “natural language processing”that has a very high accuracy in current industry standards is a service entitled “ctrl-news service”. Introducing this concept will not only be a unique product/service with great differentiating elements in search capabilities, but also it will build strong challenges to others market positioning for at least the next 3 to 5 years. News Social Communities are very attractive in many ways, one element is keen to stress about is “real ctrl” , it gives the reader/audience to really control the news they like/follow also gives them an ability to input their opinions, thoughts, and get engage in making the news more personal with their groups/communities.

For a real example of this trend, you can click on the link here: http://ht.ly/3TKCD

For another examples of this trend, please click on the WSJ: http://online.wsj.com/community

If interested, you can also find this article on Machable.com entitled: “trends in conventional media building social communities”: http://mashable.com/2010/08/10/personalized-news-stream/


What do you think about this trend? Would you like to name other similar services that are worth highlighting? Do you think this trend is here to stay?

 

What is “ctrl-news” ? FAQs #search #media #analytics #semantic #textmining #datamining #news

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Ramy Ghaly February 16, 2011

Ctrl-News is powered by the “ctrl semantic engine“, ctrl-news is an online service that can be viewed as a “customized news homepage” for its users.

The ctrl-News homepage allows users to filter news semantically and topically, depending on their preferred and customized subject(s) of interest. Moreover, users can see an automatically-generated summary, as well as the entities and the key topics (disambiguated) for every news article received.

Who is behind ctrl-News?

ctrl-News is not only powered by the ctrl semantic engine, it was actually created by the same team who created ctrl to show ONE possible application that can be built on top of their semantic engine ctrl – the first product of the Research and Development group at PRAGMATECH.

 

How to register to this service?

Click on the “FREE Sign Up” button and fill in the required fields in the personal settings. You also need to provide ctrl-news with at least one subject of interest that you like to follow.

 

The following error appeared “Subject of interest X has 44 words. It should have a minimum of 80 words” why is that?

ctrl-News relies on heavy semantic analysis of the text that comprises your subjects of interest in order to find the most related articles from everyday’s news. Knowing that, it is recommended to enter at least 80 words in each subject of interest to ensure best results.

 

How to retrieve my password?

Click on the “forgot my password” link on top , and provide us with either your username or email. We will reset your password and send you a new one to your registered email.

 

Concerning retrieved articles, what retrieval accuracy should I expect from ctrl-news?

ctrl-News results are all automatically generated by the ctrl semantic engine, and, therefore, rely totally on the topical similarity between the entered subject of interest and the processed news articles. Therefore, in some cases, the returned articles do not match the user’s expectations – although we are certain that our accuracy in determining topic relevancy is extremely high. Please use the feedback functionality to report such cases helping us accordingly to improve the existing system.

 

How does ctrl-News decide on the similarity between articles and my subject of interest?

ctrl-News uses the ctrl semantic engine to process each subject of interest you enter. It then tries to find the most related articles from the processed news articles based on their topical similarity (in addiction to other subtle document attributes). By topical similarity we mean that the main topics of the subject of interest are similar to the ones of these articles. Accordingly, you might receive articles that are discussing the same topic with different ‘players’ (location, people, etc). Please use the feedback functionality to report the cases where you didn’t find the results relevant.

 

How far back does ctrl-news retain my retrieved results?

Currently 2 weeks. However, we may prolong this period in the future if enough users deemed this necessary.

 

What is meant by entities?

The Entities section displays all the ‘names’ of things that ctrl automatically identified in the text along with their specific type and definition. These include names of Agencies, Associations, Awards, Brands, Companies, Consumer products, Diseases, Educational institutes, Events, Medicines, Organizations, Outlets, People, Political events, Political group, Publication, Software systems, Teams, Tournaments, Websites, gadgets.

 

What languages does ctrl-News support?

Currently, ctrl-news only supports the English language. However, with relatively minimal effort, its semantic engine can virtually support any language.

 

Can I advertise on ctrl-News?

Pragmatech’s ctrl team is currently working on another application that can showcase their ctrl engine’s superiority in semantic analysis through semantic push of ads on ctrl-News. This functionality will be free of charge and very easy to use. Stay posted!!!

 

Which media sources do you fetch your news from?

On the bottom part of homepage (when not logged in) a list of news sources appears in a flash animation. Also, you may find the list in the archive section. However, this list contains more detailed information of the RSS feeds ctrl-news fetches from each of these news sources.

 

ctrl-news have a predetermined list of news sources. Can I add or suggest a new one?

We welcome all suggestions and we will try to process all requests. Clearly, multiple requests for the same news source will receive more consideration than others.

 

How many friends can I invite to join ctrl-News?

Invite as many friends as you like, or share it on your favorite social-network by using the existing share panel found on all pages.

 

How to stop receiving the daily emails while retaining my registration with ctrl-news?

Login and go to your “My Profile” page (link on top). Click on the “Personal Settings” panel, and tick the “Deactivate Your Daily Email Report” checkbox.

 


Since ctrl-News is powered by the ctrl semantic engine, its results are more accurate than any of the other existing keyword-based attempts. We hope you find ctrl-News beneficial. Don’t forget to provide feedback and why not even invite few of your friends!

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Take ctrl of the news today! Now you can personalize your news feed in a way never done before

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As some of you might have already noticed, a new version of ctrl-News is now online. This version includes many new features along with a completely revamped and more user-friendly design.

 

The new website allows you to add subjects of interest on the fly using the “ctrl-this” functionality. It also displays the Entities (companies, people, tournaments, publications, brands, products, countries, etc) and the category automatically identified for each article along with the pre-existing sections of the summary, the key topics, as well as a sample of topically related articles.

 

Also added are two sections that allow you to view the automatically generated “Hot News” and “Most Followed” (article) as well as your ratings’ statistics and friends’ invitations status.

 

The new ctrl-News version makes your user-experience more pleasant!

 

ctrl-News always welcome your comments/feedback.

 

Via Pragmatech R&D Team – ctrl Group