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Michigan turns to analytics to stop fraud, waste and abuse

State officials are using SAS Analytics to spot fraudulent unemployment claims before they are paid, as well as detect fraud across state departments.

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New tools help bring Hadoop into the enterprise

Data Direct Networks, Intel and Red Hat release new products to further simplify management and performance of the open-source, big data framework while improving security.

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Which city has the smartest public technology?

A Chicago big data analytics project and a Boston cloud project focused on education are finalists in a competition to pick most innovative tech to improve urban life, city operations.

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What rocks at RSA? Big data security, active defense.

The explosive growth in information generated by security tools is putting a premium on the ability to analyze large volumes of data, say experts, who also call for active defense.

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4 ways big data can save lives and money

Big data can help improve health care and quality of life, reduce crime, and trim the federal budget, public sector IT officials say in a new TechAmerica study.

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Intell tool would track social media like a virus

E-MEME, being developed for the Office of Naval Research, would apply epidemiological principles to public sentiment in order to predict protests, uprisings or even attacks.

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How E-MEME tracks topics

E-MEME might be used to predict how long it takes an infectious idea to cross over geographical areas or how likely it is to spread at all.

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NASA, NWS blazed an early path on lightning detection systems

Long before companies offered commercial total lightning detection services to government, NASA and National Weather Service researchers experimented with homegrown systems.

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Reading between the clouds: New lightning data improves early warnings

Newly available data on lightning activity within clouds gives NWS, NASA and the military better warnings about severe weather.

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Most analytics apps will come with Hadoop by 2015

Adding the open-source framework will lead to more task-specific analytics for agencies that need to turn data into insights and decisions they can act on, says Gartner.

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Big data file replication comes to Apache Hadoop

Attunity's software for file replication lets organizations rapidly move data in and out of Hadoop and the cloud.

Courtroom

Predictive analytics: the future of successful law enforcement?

Picking criminal cases to investigate and prosecute can be a subtle, subjective process, former special agent John A. Cassara writes. Analytics software can help prosecutors make the right choice.

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