Category Archives: Information Technology

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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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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RPG Maker and Database Structure

So, I’ve embarked on creating a side project in RPG Maker – simply as a hobby. One aspect of RPG Maker is that it runs on a database (I’m not sure which one), so is essentially a kit for making … Continue reading

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Association Rules and Data Mining With RapidMiner

A good association rule set never fails to impress me. I love the hypothetical made concrete, the hunch turned into fact – attributes become relationships, numbers become involvement between tuples, fields, and tables. All in all, we live in interesting … Continue reading

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