Recapping my social media activities during Jan 1 – Feb 24 2013:

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Recapping my social media activities during Jan 1 – Feb 20 2013:

That’s about it for this post.

If we want to read related past posts, here they are:

OCT 3 – OCT 10 2012

OCT 11 – OCT 18 2012

OCT 19 – NOV 11 2012

NOV 12 – DEC 31 2012

Let’s connect and converse on any of these people networks!

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Where can we find datasets that we can play with for Business Intelligence, Data Mining, Data Analysis Projects?

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Update 1st August: I found this too: UCI MAchine Learning Repository http://archive.ics.uci.edu/ml/

Update 12 Nov 2012: I found this! Link to 400 datasets! http://www.datawrangling.com/some-datasets-available-on-the-web

Update 19 Dec 2012: Lynn Langit has a list here: http://lynnlangit.wordpress.com/public-datasets/

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Recently on SQL Server Data Mining Forum, I answered a question about where to find DataSets for Business Intelligence Project.

Apart from Datasets AdventureWorks and Contoso data-sets, there are places where you can download data-sets to play with for your Business Intelligence, Data Mining or Data Analysis Projects.

Here is the List of data-sets that I have collected:

1. KDNuggests: Datasets for Data Mining

2. Quora: Where can I get large datasets open to the public?

3. Windows Azure Data Market

4. National council of Teachers of Mathematics

5. Introduction to Data Science: Data Sets

6. Hilary Mason’s Data-Set Bundle: https://bitly.com/bundles/hmason/1  (Also featured in Quora Link that I shared earlier)

7. And If you can’t find the data-set, ask it here: http://getthedata.org/  

Have I missed anything? Do comment! I’ll add the link with due credit.

Top Five reasons to contribute on MSDN or StackOverflow forums

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Technical forums are places where you can sense that there’s a hope for humanity! No kidding. If you think about it, it’s a place where humans help each other out without expecting anything in return (in almost all cases), what I just said is a fact. So now if you agree that forums are a great place, How about contributing? So if you’re not contributing already, here are the five reasons that may prompt you to start contributing:

1. Help someone out.

2. Solve a real-world problem

[Thanks Florin Dumitrescu for pointing this out!]

3. Discover great resources on Inter-webs. This is so because, while answering questions – people drop awesome links in their answers and invariably they are great free resources:

[Thanks Hardik Pandya for pointing this out!]

4. Learn from other super-smart people and Network with them

5. Test (or “Validate”) your technical know-how

And One more:

Earn reputation (Build your Brand, they say)

What do you think? If you are already contributing on technical forums – what motivates you? And if you’re not contributing already – what’s stopping you? And I believe that everyone knows about tons of things which others are interested in. You just need to find a place to share that!

What are common mistakes that new or inexperienced managers make?

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This is one of the GEM i found on Quora. And what is Quora? Well, it’s a QA site. What makes it different? Well, for me it’s Quality of the content and the fact that who’s who of our small world are active on Quora. And people who have followed Quora knows that it tends to throw GEMS at you once in a while. yeah, and this question that “What are common mistakes that new or inexperienced managers make?” followed by a wonderful sequence of discussion is a perfect example to show why you should have an account on Quora. Anywho, Here is the link: http://www.quora.com/Management-Organizational-Leadership/What-are-common-mistakes-that-new-or-inexperienced-managers-make and the rest of the blog post is just me taking notes.

1. Human motivation is NOT tied to economic outcomes
2. Nothing can replace face-to-face interaction in motivation
3. Do not be slow in dealing with performance issues
4. Good managers put the blame on themselves and understand that any failing within the team is a failing of the leader.
5.Good managers attempt to redirect kudos and credit onto their team
6.play fair, open communication, admit to mistakes, praise in public, criticize in private, deflect credit to others, accept blame personally, be accountable, etc.
7.More authority is not associated with expertise, but rather accountability
8. Have enough guts and self-confidence in your own capabilities

Again the link is: http://www.quora.com/Management-Organizational-Leadership/What-are-common-mistakes-that-new-or-inexperienced-managers-make