Author Archives: Thomas Murakami-Brundage

Database Training Resources: An Annotated Bibliography

Database Training Resources 1.     Coursera/Stanford “Introduction to Databases” https://www.coursera.org/course/db Introduction to Databases from Stanford University was one of the first Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) offered by Coursera in 2011, and has remained consistently popular. The course covers database design and … Continue reading

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Data Visualization Resources: An Annotated Bibliography

Data Visualization Resources 1.     The St Louis Federal Reserve http://research.stlouisfed.org/ The St Louis Federal Reserve Economic Data series is perhaps the most comprehensive repository of time-series data. It also offers an in-browser, cross-platform, data visualization tool. The time series are … Continue reading

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Game Design and Choices of Creation

Concerning my self-imposed goals to write and produce games: Human decision-making is largely fueled by seeking out novel/familiar stimuli, as well as avoiding previous pain points and repeating pleasurable experiences. We will need to keep this paradigm in mind: People … Continue reading

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Jaro-Winkler in ORACLE and textual fuzzy matching

There is a little-known (and hence heavily under-utilized) function in Oracle 11g and up. This is the Jaro-Winkler algorithm (and the companion algorithm named Edit Distance). The Jaro-Winkler algorithm tells you what level of permutation would be necessary in order … Continue reading

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Working in Data: ORDER CAREERS, DESC

I’ve had the opportunity to work in health data for a while now. There are most definitely gradations and ranks in the data verse career list. In my first role as a health technologist, I learned a massive wealth of … Continue reading

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Game Theory and Game Design

I love making games -specifically, card games. Card games are a good development tool for so many reasons: they’re concise, simple, known. I’ve got two games in production – one is a variant of the classic War card game, and … Continue reading

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The Yin-Yang of Understanding Data

There are several issues with data. One is that it’s viewed with suspicion. Conversely, it is also held to sacrosanct integrity. I’d almost refer to this as the yin-yang of data understanding. When I come to findings or conclusions with … Continue reading

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Future Works

I’m really looking forward to getting my new desktop computer. My wife and I got a newer system for Xmas (in the Futurama tradition for holiday names), and I plan on crunching more of the World Bank data into KML. … Continue reading

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Hot Jobs in Tech: Technology As An Individual Economy

First off, I wanted to share this infographic created by KForce, one of the staffing agencies that handles large corporate accounts. Take a moment and look it over. You’ll probably notice that architect positions and mobile developers are in high … Continue reading

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OEDB and Trends in the IT Field

I was recently contacted by Xavier Gray and his colleagues, whom requested that I write a bit about their online website (I wouldn’t truly call it a database, it’s more akin to a career/education guide). The website in question is … Continue reading

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