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Battling Death: GOT predictions part 2

In season 1 of Game of Thrones, master swordsman Syrio Forel said as he trained Arya Stark, “There is only one god, and his name is Death.  And there is only one thing we say to Death: ‘Not today.’”  When it comes to this television series, such pleas, while heartfelt, can simply be in vain. […]

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Game of Data or Death in Data

Winter is here and so is the frenzied interest in Game of Thrones.  From the first season, it’s seemed that anyone might die in the show.  As an episode’s opening credits move into the foreboding black screen, suspense fills the air.  It’s the tension of uncertainty. Is death that unpredictable?  Or, are there some rules […]

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RESEARCH: COST, QUALITY & HEALTH – THE 3 TRILLION DOLLAR DILEMMA

DOES HIGHER COST TRANSLATE TO BETTER CARE? It’s no secret that the US is plagued (pun intended) by artificially high healthcare costs. Yet, despite spending 50-200% more on healthcare than any other developed country, the 2015 World Factbook ranked the US at 43rd in life expectancy. This is partially because of the fact that our […]

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Tresata Talent Series – The Legend of Matt Dix

The story behind the legend Growing up in the suburbs of Birmingham as a world renowned choir singer, Matt Dix was ahead of his time with his pronounced passion for Pokemon (some speculate that he may have started the trend in the first place) and research (having interned at the University of Alabama at Birmingham […]

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Tresata Talent Series – Heather’s Interview

Heather Lux joined the Tresata team officially at the beginning of 2016 as Director of Sales.  She also (thankfully) agreed to be my guinea pig for the first piece in our ‘Tresata Talent Series.’ Hats off to her for not admitting that she drew the short straw and for humoring me.  Ladies and gents…meet Heather. […]

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Introducing THE TRESATA TALENT SERIES

“That’s what she said.” – Michael Scott Whether it was your ‘cup of tea’ or not, there’s no denying that NBC’s mockumentary, The Office, was more successful than I think even the writers ever thought it would be.  The Office was unusual in the sense that the show was set in an actual office (I’m […]

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VISION: Charlotte’s Web

It is hard to write about things where you risk emotions getting the better of your words.  It is harder yet to stay quiet. One rarely hopes to encounter numbing stupidity in life, as those encounters leave you drained.  The entire HB2 drama currently going on in North Carolina, specific to something bold the city […]

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VISION: HACKATHONclt MMXVI Recap – Big data, Big hair, Big cheddar

Hack hunger. That’s what 255 registered hackers from all over the country set out to do this year at HACKATHONclt MMXVI.  The 4th annual overnight coding faceoff took place for the second year in a row at UNC Charlotte’s PORTAL building Friday March 18th to Saturday March 19th, 2016.  If you missed it, you’ve made a […]

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RESEARCH: Does the Glass Slipper Still Fit?

I have two words for you — Middle Tennessee. While, like you, I sat staring in disbelief at the TV and realizing serious damage had just been done to my bracket, I was more excited than upset. Middle Tennessee, SFA, Northern Iowa, Little Rock — these are the teams who everyone bets against, and yet, […]

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RESEARCH: Method to the Madness of March

Tomorrow is the day we’ve been waiting for. Tulsa is currently tied with Michigan with 17:00 remaining to play. I have no dog in this fight (nor does my mother, the President at Davidson), and yet here we are screaming at the TV arguing about these teams, their conferences, and the NCAA in general. I am […]

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RESEARCH: Glass Slippers – 9 quintillion possible outcomes, 1 perfect bracket

THE SECRET TO ANY WINNING BRACKET, AS WE ALL KNOW, IS 99% DATA ANALYSIS, AND 1% LADY LUCK! Okay, we might have that slightly twisted (maybe 2% Lady Luck)…but while we do not control when the curvy lady may sing, what we can do (with great success) is use data to better understand the so-called unearthly […]

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VISION: It’s Hard Not to Be Romantic About Basketball

Imagination has a great deal to do with winning. – Mike Krzyzewski While I realize that it may be sacrilege to quote Coach K while I write this from the city of Charlotte, I have been taught that wisdom has no boundaries.  Just like winning… I also offer to do another sacrilegious thing and edit […]

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VISION: Intern Update – Meet Vinoth

When it comes to interns, we’ve been incredibly fortunate to be able to find some of the best and brightest from around the world. Although they are temporary, they become a part of the epic story of Tresata and make lasting impressions in their own unique ways. Our “Intern Update” series introduces these characters and […]

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VISION: Intern update – Meet Yucheng

When it comes to interns, we’ve been incredibly fortunate to be able to find some of the best and brightest from around the world. Although they are temporary, they become a part of the epic story of Tresata and make lasting impressions in their own unique ways. Our “Intern Update” series introduces these characters and […]

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VISION: Intern Update – Meet Srini

When it comes to interns, we’ve been incredibly fortunate to be able to find some of the best and brightest from around the world. Although they are temporary, they become a part of the epic story of Tresata and make lasting impressions in their own unique ways. Our “Intern Update” series introduces these characters and […]

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VISION: Intern update – Meet the “Tresata Trio”

When it comes to interns, we’ve been incredibly fortunate to be able to find some of the best and brightest from around the world. Although they are temporary, they become a part of the epic story of Tresata and make lasting impressions in their own unique ways. Our “Intern Update” series introduces these characters and […]

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VISION: HACKATHONclt MMXV – Behind the Scenes at the City’s Biggest and Baddest Tech Event

How long has it been since you stayed up all night? For us, it’s annually at HackathonCLT, an overnight battle of brains that has quickly become Charlotte’s premier coding event attracting the best tech talent and biggest cash prizes for the busiest and most rewarding 24 hours of the year. On Friday, March 27, more than 200 of […]

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TECH: Spark’ing an Anti Money Laundering Revolution

Tresata and Databricks announced a real-time, Spark and Hadoop-powered Anti-Money Laundering solution earlier today. Tresata’s predictive analytics application TEAK, offers for the first time in the market an at-scale, real-time AML investigation and resolution engine. The performance, speed, predictive power and precision TEAK delivers would not have been possible without its Spark underpinnings. Additionally, by […]

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TECH: tresata open sources scalding-on-spark

From our CTO Koert Kuipers, a look at our latest open source project scalding-on-spark. To see other Tresata open source projects, visit github.com/tresata. spark-scalding by tresata   Spark-scalding is a library that aims to make the transition from Cascading/Scalding to Spark a little easier by adding support for Cascading Taps, Scalding Sources and the Scalding […]

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VISION: upcoming fall 2014 events

We’ve got a busy event calendar filling up for the fall. Here are a few of the places you’ll find us out and about… September 19 – Charlotte Chamber Technology Summit (Charlotte)- CEO Abhishek Mehta will join a panel of technology leaders at 11am to discuss “Challenges & Opportunities: How to Ensure We Get the Right Talent.” […]

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VISION: intern update – alex’s tresata experience

This summer I had the opportunity to intern at one of Charlotte’s newest start-up companies, tresata. All I really knew about tresata prior to coming here was that they had cutting-edge software and worked primarily with Big Data. My first thoughts were that this would be a fairly straightforward experience: I’d work with some software, […]

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VISION: intern update – nikita’s tresata experience

My Internship (or Vacation?) My journey here began when Tresata’s CEO Abhi Mehta first invited my dad and me to see his new Tech and Big Data company. My dad and Abhi have been friends for many years; my dad and I were nothing but excited for Abhi and his successful new company. After spending […]

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TECH: building a ‘full stack’ analytics applications software company in hadoop

In 2011 when we launched Tresata, it was centered around a massive bet – that Hadoop will become the ‘de-rigueur’ data processing and analytics stack in the world. Three and a half years later, that bet may seem prescient to some, but is simply a huge confirmation of our beliefs. Not only have we managed […]

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VISION: intern update – meet caitlin

Here at Tresata we’re pretty positive we’ve got the best interns around. Tresata interns may be temporary, but they’re a part of our team and we work them accordingly. They get their hands dirty with live real-world projects and work side-by-side with our permanent team members. Our “Intern Update” series will introduce you to this […]

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VISION: intern update – meet alex

Here at Tresata we’re pretty positive we’ve got the best interns around. Tresata interns may be temporary, but they’re a part of our team and we work them accordingly. They get their hands dirty with live real-world projects and work side-by-side with our permanent team members. Our “Intern Update” series will introduce you to this […]

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VISION: intern update – meet nikita

Here at Tresata we’re pretty positive we’ve got the best interns around. Tresata interns may be temporary, but they’re a part of our team and we work them accordingly. They get their hands dirty with live real-world projects and work side-by-side with our permanent team members. Our “Intern Update” series will introduce you to this […]

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TECH: tresata open sources spark columnar

Spark Columnar is a proof of concept project that uses Shapeless to optimize the in-memory data layout for RDDs in Spark. The basic idea is that a user-facing RDD of tuples and/or case classes is backed by another RDD in which there is only one item per partition, that represents all the tuples and/or case […]

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VISION: does intuition trump algorithm?

A recent study from FORTUNE Knowledge Group and gyro found that 62% of executives interviewed rely on subjective “soft factors” and “gut reactions” instead of objective data for decision-making. A summary of the preliminary findings (the full report is as-of-yet unpublished) on Mashable is titled Forget Big Data: Business Leaders Still Go With Their Gut, […]

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TECH: CDO Richard Morris at Hadoop Summit 2014

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VISION: Big Data and the World Cup

Katie Levans, Marketing Director A few months ago we hosted a friendly office March Madness competition. Not knowing (or caring) anything about sports, I conveniently “forgot” to fill out my bracket until about three minutes before the cut off when my colleagues guilt-tripped me into being a team player. I aimlessly clicked my way through […]

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TECH: CEO Abhishek Mehta at Hadoop Summit 2014

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TECH: Ganitha – Naive-Bayes Classifiers

by Andy Perez, Tresata Senior Developer This post discusses the implementation of Naive-Bayes classification in Ganitha, Tresata’s open-source machine-learning library built on Scalding. A Naive-Bayes classifier is a probabilistic classifier used in machine-learning that involves the application of Bayes’ theorem. The underlying model is “naive” because of the assumption that the attributes are conditionally independent of […]

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VISION: Creating a Successful Startup Culture: What Makes Big Data (not feel like) Work

by Brittany Box, Director of Internal Operations It’s not all just IKEA furniture, ping pong, and denim. As one who has spent the entirety of her career in the East Coast startup world (FYI West Coast, we do exist!), as well as Tresata’s self-ordained ‘Chief Culture Officer,’ I wanted to share with you a bit […]

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VISION: #HACKATHONclt MMXIV Recap

Charlotte’s biggest  coding event is officially here to stay. In its second year, Hackathon CLT saw bigger attendance, better prizes, badder swag and some of the best work an over-caffeinated, sleep-deprived crowd could create. In the end the Hackathon was an opportunity for participants to network, learn, socialize, and push their coding skills to the […]

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TECH: SpaceSaver – Efficient discovery of the most frequent items in Scalding, Spark and other distributed frameworks

by Koert Kuipers, Tresata CTO Anyone that has used map-reduce in production knows the key to scalability and performance in reduce operations is to push as much of the work to the map-side as possible. Scalding does this elegantly and automatically for you if you can express your operation as a Semigroup, which means you […]

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VISION: tresata announces 2nd annual HACKATHONclt

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Charlotte, NC Tresata will host the second annual Hackathon CLT on April 25-26 at Packard Place in Uptown Charlotte. The team-based competition will offer area tech developers, designers, analysts, and others an opportunity to test and showcase their skills in a fast-paced overnight hackathon to solve a business problem using big data […]

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VISION: tresata receives charlotte startup of the year award

April 7, 2014 | Charlotte, NC Tresata was named Charlotte Startup of the Year in the first annual Charlotte Startup Community Awards on Friday, April 4, 2014. The event, sponsored by Detailed Block, ITology, NCTA, Packard Place and Queen City Forward is the first of its kind celebrating the successes of Charlotte area startups. “One […]

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VISION: where are the big data apps you ask…here’s a MEGA one – corporate payments & supply chain analytics

This is part 1 of a series of posts we promise will offer some tangible examples of how big data is truly shifting and transforming business models…so here we go… Payments is one of the biggest industries in the world – measured both in terms of revenues (>$900B) and/ or profits (~>$200B). Not only is it the […]

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VISION: Big Data – A contributor to binge-watching? Possibly, yes.

For the last 2 weeks, I’ve been rescuing countless friends from their couches, dragging them out and reintroducing them to the real world- sometimes with Doritos crumbs still stuck to their shirt. During many of these instances, I had to equip myself with extra mint gum and fresh sticks of deodorant because the fermented stench of […]

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VISION: Go for the Gold – Using Big Data to Predict Olympic Wins

In case you’ve caught Olympic fever along with the rest of the world, and are impatient for the overall medal results in Sochi, we’ve got the predicted outcome thanks to a little big data analysis. Spoiler alert: USA dominates. Dan and Tim Graettinger, two brothers with a penchant for side projects and a whole lot of patience […]

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VISION: Big Data for a Better World – 5 Real-World Applications

Think big data is all Big Brother improving the bottom line for big business? Think again. The ability to pull actionable insight from the world’s never-ending stream of information presents tremendous opportunity to improve all of our lives. From combing lightning data to increase early warning times for severe weather to predicting high risk for […]

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TECH: Frustrating csv files? Cascading OpenCsv Scheme is here to help.

At Tresata we sometimes need to parse csv files (or text files with other delimiters such as bar, tilde, tab, or semi-colon) that cannot be handled by Cascading’s TextDelimited. The main issue seems to be csv files that are quoted and contain escaped quotes. It seems TextDelimited chose not to support this due to performance […]

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VISION: a ‘how-to’ guide to getting hired by a big data company – (hint) use data

going into my interview with tresata – a fresh-faced (maybe naïve…okay still totally naïve) grad from davidson college, i was excited about the opportunity to be a part of an up-and-coming start-up company that creates software to manage and take advantage of the  big data phenomenon. as someone who studied sociology, i think it’s amazing: all […]

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VISION: new york, boston, atlanta – tresata fall speaking engagements

we’re excited to be participating in some upcoming events…we love these as we get to share our passion for all things big data…and hearing live feedback which is typically pretty roaring!! tweet us  @tresata if you’ll be at any of these too! september 11, 2013 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, new york city beyond the buzzword: […]

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VISION: “i see big data”…and the art of visualizing complex algorithms

I am a senior at Davidson College in North Carolina and while college experiences go by fast, nothing compares to how fast this summer went by! I spent the majority of it interning at Tresata in Charlotte, working as a front-end developer (and of course playing some golf!). At the start of the internship, I […]

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VISION: Dojo Friday. We’re Hiring!

What is Dojo Friday? Glad you asked. It’s where we open our office doors this Friday, 9/13/13 (yes that’s Friday the 13th, but don’t be scared), and welcome any and all Dojo developer superstars into our new location at Packard Place for a walk-in interview to join our Charlotte team. Not only is this a […]

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VISION: consuming big data – lots of algos…side of fries…one summer internship

My summer internship with Tresata began on Memorial Day when I met Davis Dulin at the Smelly Cat Café. There, Davis introduced me to some of the software I would be working with that summer, including the underlying technologies – Linux and Scala. It was certainly a little frightening at first. I had never worked […]

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VISION: big data in banking will define its future…

everytime i hear the words big data from a banker, they are usually followed by a rapid fluttering of the eyelids and a dilation of pupils typically reserved for foreign particles uncomfortably lodged in the cavities essential to our functioning… given how often it happens, i am no longer surprised, shocked or struck by its […]

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TECH: ganitha – K-means|| clustering

This is the third post in the series of posts introducing our open source project Ganitha. Posts by Abhi and Koert previously have shared with you why we are doing this, and how we structured it. This post discusses the implementations of K-Means in Ganitha, a scalding library recently open-sourced by Tresata. We’ll discuss the […]

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TECH: ganitha – open source scalding powered machine learning

as mentioned by abhi in his previous post, ganitha is the first open source implementation of machine learning and statistical techniques on scalding. scalding is the core API that we use for all our software at tresata and we have quite successfully implemented machine learning algorithms in the same framework.  as most of you will […]

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TECH: announcing our 1st open source project – ganitha

this will probably rank amongst the proudest of our achievements when we look back on the path to making tresata into the company we believe will lead and define what next-gen analytics software should do… so without much ado, we are announcing the first open source algorithm library built completely on scalding…and designed to work with/in mahout & […]

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VISION: beautiful data (and a picture) is worth a thousand words

we have had a lot of our friends, colleagues and clients in the industry ask us about the magnificent images on our website…and if they mean anything… at this point, they know us well…and as most of them would have already guessed…not only are all images thematic…each of them signify something inherently mathematical, algorithmic and […]

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VISION: starting a career as a ‘data scientist’

a couple weeks after starting at tresata, i went to grab some coffee with one of my co-workers, Jack. while we were waiting in line at Starbucks, he asked me “in what ways could Starbucks benefit from knowing how much a customer paid as a function of how long they stayed there?” my first impression […]

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VISION: tresata – by the ‘numb3r’

our life is increasingly run by the numbers around us…and i am not going to elaborate why…enough tomes have been written about it at this point what I did want to share is how much of an inspiration ‘numerical values described in digits’ were in the naming of our company. tresata (pronounced tree-say-ta), as a […]

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