Twitter Made a Fascinating Data Visualization to Show People’s Reactions to Obama’s SOTU

Twitter published an awesome interactive data visualization Wednesday that shows what people were talking about during specific moments of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address Tuesday night.

You can see how people reacted to the speech in real-time by clicking the spikes on the chart to see which topics were tweeted about and what sections of the speech were talked about most. You can also break the chart down by topic and see what areas of the U.S. were tweeting most frequently. Interestingly, Illinois showed particularly high engagement on twitter during the paragraphs about cyber attacks and the proposal to make community college free for all students.

Check out the map and see how the U.S. responded on Twitter to the SOTU.

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50 Great Data Viz Articles Of 2014

Overall, the rise of data journalism, the increase use of maps – good and bad ones -, and “storytelling” are among the most referenced topics in this list, but for a more comprehensive review of the year in data visualization, don’t miss the recent episodes of Data Sories and Tableau Wanna Be podcasts. Hope you enjoy the reading

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Microsoft Buying Revolution Analytics For Deeper Data Analysis

I do not know whether this is a good news or not. R has been one of my favorite tools in BI and data analytics. I like the open source development environment of R. It has made R to be one of the most successful tool for both business and academy. Revolution Analytics has further enhanced the tool to support IDE, servers, and parallel processing. R has a lot of exciting progress in the past few years.

For Microsoft, it has been providing the 2nd best software in the past. Not until, it enhanced and focused on the development of its strongest product, SQL Server. It started to pay more attention to open source development these years and embrace it more than Oracle does. Examples include Codeplex, and free e-books, and on demand training to really open up its user market.

Microsoft indeed has been weak in Business Analytics, because its solution remains complicated and limited creativity. So, the business decision to buy Revolution Analytics makes sense to Microsoft. I just hope Revolution Analytics will be able to continue its research and development, and continue to support open source version of its products to benefit academic research.

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Helping Poor Children Today Can Pay Big Dividends Tomorrow

A unique, huge study has found that when taxpayers help children in low income families live healthier lives those same children grow up to be more successful adults, thus paying more taxes that partly offset the cost to the government.

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Python vs. R: What Should You Learn First?

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My recommendation is both.

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Roundup Of Free Cloud Computing Courses, 2015: Amazon Offering A New Online Course On Big Data

Amazon Web Services is now offering a free online course on Big Data , and is also offering an instructor-led course on Big Data on AWS. The AWS Training site has also includes sections on getting started with AWS, including AWS Essentials and self-paced labs.

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2014 highlight (2): On of the best courses on Big Data and Data Mining

There are a lot of useful books, courses, and resources listed in this article.

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