Here my shortlist of the sessions at GigaOm Structure:Data that I am most excited about. The fact that they are clustered together at the beginning of Wednesday, March 21 is purely coincidental. For the curious, here is the full lineup of speakers.
STRUCTURING DECISIONS FROM UNSTRUCTURED DATA (8:40 AM), with Seth Grimes, Ron Avnur, Paul Speciale and Staffan Truve.
The first long session of the conference is about the general problem inducing structure in data. Athough the topic is quite broad, I hope to see Seth Grimes leads the discuss to non-obvious and forward-thinking business applications, particularly of text mining.
MACHINE LEARNING’S IMPACT ON BUSINESS MODELS AND INDUSTRY STRUCTURES (9:10 AM), with George Gilbert, Currie Boyle, Alexander Gray, Mok Oh, and Amarnath Thombre.
Chris Dixon has written on the struggle for developing effective machine learning business models, arguing that ML is “too hot” to be marketed in a B2B setting. I would like to see speaker insight into ML services as a B2B business model, as opposed to internal use of ML.
PUZZLING (12:05 PM), with Jeff Jonas.
I’ve been meaning to see Jeff Jonas for a while, ever since my friend Todd Huffman (@odd) spoke glowingly of him. Jeff’s talk appears to extend an idea I’ve mentioned in a recent talk: The next step in predictive analytics is using joins on machine extracted data sets to extract higher-level information.
UNDERWRITING FOR THE UNDERBANKED THROUGH DATA MINING (3:00 PM), with Mathew Ingram and Douglass Merrill.
I’ve been interested in the use of ML for assessing credit more accurately since reading Pando Daily’s taxonomy of lending and learning about startups in that space. Niche areas in lending are growing; consider, for example, in vitro loans, and the fact that credit scores were historically difficult to estimate in Brazil.
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