I work with a very talented group (one just one the Turing award) at a start-up called Paradigm4 on SciDB, a free and open source array-oriented database.
I prefer to forage, and I enjoy many mushrooms, other wild foods, and living simply.
Everyone working on scientific computing problems should consider using R, a wonderfully powerful and expressive system for computation and visualization.Send electronic mail to me at: blewis@illposed.net.
We are fortunate to have Walt Sturgeon as official foray mycologist. Our congenial co-host is Extension Specialist Jim Chatfield.
To give you an idea how fast it is, one can compute a five-dimensional principal components analysis (PCA) on the Netflix data set (480,189 user IDs and 17,770 movies) in a few minutes on a dual-core notebook (using R's sparse Matrix package).
Betfair is the world's largest betting exchange with more than three million global clients. The BetfaiR package implements the Betfair Sports API in the R language, providing direct access to the Betfair sports exchange from R. All of the Betfair Sports API functions are available, including functions for real time market data and user account access. The package also provides a number of high-level functions for sports betting analysis, modeling and graphics.This was the first talk I ever gave where running the examples live would require breaking the law.