What is Analytics?

Defining Analytics: A Topic Model of Analytics Job Adverts (OR55 Presentation)

OR55 Presentation: Defining Analytics

There are many different definitions of analytics, some of which are ultimately contradictory and do little to illustrate differences between analytics and related topics such as business intelligence or data science. This presentation, delivered 5th September 2013 at the OR55 conference, seeks to identify a new definition for analytics, by developing a topic model of "analytics" job adverts.

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Big Data, Analytics & Data Science: The Big, the Smart & the Sexy? (PART THREE)

The Wild West

The growth of analytics, both in discussions and in practice, has coincided with the growing use of terms such as "big data" and "data science". But how are these concepts related? Are they synonyms for the same thing, complementary concepts, or entirely separate entities? This post will attempt to address this issue by reviewing and comparing the literature concerning each.

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Big Data, Analytics & Data Science: The Big, the Smart & the Sexy? (PART TWO)

The Wild West

The growth of analytics, both in discussions and in practice, has coincided with the growing use of terms such as "big data" and "data science". But how are these concepts related? Are they synonyms for the same thing, complimentary concepts, or entirely separate entities? This post will attempt to address this issue by reviewing and comparing the literature concerning each.

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Big Data, Analytics & Data Science: The Big, the Smart & the Sexy?

The Wild West

The growth of analytics, both in discussions and in practice, has coincided with the growing use of terms such as "big data" and "data science". But how are these concepts related? Are they synonyms for the same thing, complimentary concepts, or entirely separate entities? This post will attempt to address this issue by briefly reviewing and comparing the literature concerning each.

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What is Business Analytics?

Defining Analytics

As may be expected with much business terminology, particularly one which has generated so much hype, the term ‘analytics’ is arguably more widely used than it is understood. This gap has not gone unnoticed and at the time of writing there are over 83 books available on the subject at Amazon, countless blog articles, and a Google search for the term returns over 4.85million results. Whilst almost any of these will give an adequate understanding of the subject area as whole, the definitions they offer are inconsistent, diverse and often contradictory.

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