Upgrading from Angular 2 beta 17 to Angular 2 RC1

Upgrading through the angular2 betas has been a bit of a pain with lots of breaking changes but it seemed manageable.  However, upgrading to RC1 was bad…  So in the hopes of helping others here is my step by step guide.  Please note: This works on my project.  If you have other dependencies I do […] Read more

May, 10, 2016


PredictBench successfully predicts product classifications for one of the world’s largest ecommerce and FMCG companies

As any large FMCG (CPG) is aware, classifying products correctly is critical to having good analytics capabilities.  It is also clear to any global organisation that this is a surprisingly difficult task to achieve.  Most regions use different classifications and combining them on a global scale is a non-trivial task.  It is such a difficult […] Read more

Jun, 02, 2015


Machine Learning for the FMCG Industry

A detailed observation on the potential benefits of using modern Machine Learning technologies in the FMCG vertical Executive Summary The unique characteristics of the FMCG industry make it an ideal candidate for Machine Learning and associated technologies. These characteristics include very large volumes of transactions and data, and a large number of data sources that […] Read more

Apr, 30, 2015


PredictBench set to go global

The official announcement of the Elevate 61 participants was release today.  We are very proud to be included in this list.  Our latest offering “PredictBench” has been recognised as being innovative and exciting enough for Advance and KPMG to help us take it to the US!! This means we will be extremely busy in the […] Read more

Apr, 01, 2015


The Value of Data – A short guide to learn how to maximise the value of your data.

This is an excerpt from the white paper available here. Over the last few years the data industry has been shaken to its core. We have new names, roles, technologies, products coming out on a daily basis. The term “Big Data” has been overused so much that it may be losing some of its meaning. […] Read more

Nov, 13, 2014


Vowpal Wabbit for Windows and Binary for Win x64

Getting VW working on windows is a real pain.  Even though I had the whole environment set up as described on the readme it still took me a good couple of hours to build. So with absolutely no guarantee or support options here is my built version of vw.exe version 7.7.0.  This was built on a […] Read more

Nov, 13, 2014


The value of Kaggle to Data Scientists

Kaggle is an interesting company.  It provides companies a way to access Data Scientists in a completion like format and a very low cost.  The value proposition of Kaggle for companies is very clear; this article will focus on the flipside of this equation.  What value does Kaggle give to the data scientists? This blog […] Read more

Nov, 05, 2014


Property Market Predictions – PicNet Predictive Analytics

This post explores options for the application Machine Learning techniques to the Australian residential property market with the objective of predicting insights that would be useful for buyers, sellers and the industry.  With access to good data it is possible to predict sale/auction prices by home, street, suburb, municipality, etc.  We could also predict number […] Read more

Nov, 05, 2014


Fluent python interface for Machine Learning

I often say that Machine Learning is like programming in the 60s, you prepare your program, double check everything, hand in your punch cards to the IBM operator, go home and wait.  And just like back then, if you had a bug in your code it would mean a huge amount of wasted time.  Sometimes […] Read more

Naming Conventions in Predictive Analytics and Machine Learning

In this article I am going to discuss the importance of naming conventions in ML projects. What do I mean by naming conventions?  I mainly mean using descriptive ways of labelling features in a data set.  What is the reason for this?  Speed of experimentation. Naming Conventions Categorical columns start with ‘c_’ Continuous (numerical) columns […] Read more

Aug, 26, 2014


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