Jarlath Quinn

A veteran of the predictive analytics industry working under the auspices of SAS, IBM and SPSS, Jarlath is pre-sales director at Smart Vision Europe. He is one of the most experienced SPSS trainers in the industry.

Unlocking IBM SPSS Statistics (part two)

Part two You will learn how to: Get your data ready for analysis in IBM SPSS Statistics Transform your data and create new fields e.g. creating an ‘age range’ field from date of birth information Ways in which you can transform different types of data

Unlocking IBM SPSS Statistics (part one)

You will learn how to: Read data into IBM SPSS Statistics from other sources such as Excel files Format your data and tidying it up for effective analysis Save time by using previously formatted files as templates for your new IBM SPSS Statistics data file 

Why not now? The barriers to adopting true predictive analytics.

While reading Jared Diamond’s excellent book on the rise and subsequent global dominance of Eurasian societies Guns, Germs and Steel, I was stopped in my tracks by his chapter on the evolution of technology entitled Necessity’s Mother. Diamond briskly demolishes the commonly-held view that necessity is the mother of invention. In fact he argues that many …

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6 ways to increase the value of your predictive analytics project

In my last blog post I talked about how it’s now possible to automate large parts of your predictive analytics projects, removing the need to get stuck into the complex statistics yourself. In this post I’ll suggest some ways to maximise the chances of your predictive analytics projects being successful. 1.     Use a proven analytics …

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Getting started with advanced analytics – advice for analytics virgins

What do you think of when you hear phrases like predictive analytics, data mining or machine learning? For many people these terms sound suspiciously like ‘statistics on steroids’ and unfortunately, even in the more data-centric and numerate industries, that isn’t likely to elicit the most enthusiastic of responses. To be fair that’s hardly surprising, as …

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