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The Climate Corporation awarded for outstanding AI/ML: We’re all winners with sustainable agriculture

The Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of Bayer, aims to help all the world’s farmers sustainably increase their productivity with digital tools. The Climate FieldView™ platform provides farmers with a comprehensive, connected suite of digital tools aimed at mitigating risk and optimizing farm productivity. As Vertica’s customer references manager, I gather stories around what our users...

DX Radio Episode 3: Climate Corporation and Digital Agriculture

I have the honor of hosting the latest episode of DX Radio. It features The Climate Corporation’s Daniel McCaffrey, Vice president of Data and Analytics, and Erich Hochmuth, Big Data Architect Engineer, as they explore the digital transformation of farming.

Take Nothing but Memories. Leave Nothing but Footprints

For those who have read my previous blog postings, attended one of our Big Data & Machine Learning Meetups, or have met me at one of the many trade shows or conferences over the years, you will be all too aware of my love for tracking aircraft using a Raspberry Pi, Kafka and Vertica. For...
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“awk” sed Grep, “whoami?”. Time CC if bash makes head or tail and sort > plain.txt and make us API

Things to do whilst confined to barracks due to COVID-19 For those who know me well, having worked in IT for four decades, will know that I can be a bit of a Luddite when it comes to new-fangled technology. Give me a character-based, green-screen PuTTY application over any pointy-clicky interface.  Let me use vsql...
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COVID-19 Birdsong

For a number of years, when presenting one of my favourite Vertica demos, in which I talk about tracking commercial aircraft in real time, I would typically start with a short, 30-second video clip to get the audience’s attention. The inspiration for this clip came about when I was staring aimlessly into the blue sky...
Flight Tracking

Pennard, We Have a Problem – Troubleshooting Flight Tracking with the Grafana Plugin for Vertica

With Vertica’s Management Console, I have everything I need at my fingertips to manage and monitor my Vertica clusters and databases.  Whether that be investigating query performance issues, checking on the health of the cluster’s nodes, running the Database Designer or marveling at the volume of data being ingested by the Vertica Scheduler from a...
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Loading ZIP Code Boundaries from a Shapefile in Three Easy Steps!

Are you working on a project where you'd like to classify position data into a geographic region? The US Census Bureau provides shapefiles for ZIP code tracts that you can ingest into Vertica and use to identify the ZIP code for given coordinates. In this exercise, we'll load the shapefile into Vertica, examine the contents,...

What’s the Distance Between Two Zip Codes? Quick Tip

Vertica has a built-in function called DISTANCEV which returns the distance (in kilometers) between two points using the Vincenty formula. Because the Vincenty formula includes the parameters of the WGS-84 ellipsoid model, you need not specify a radius of curvature. You specify the latitude and longitude of both the starting point and the ending point....
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What You Never Knew About Vertica Could Surprise You

I just started working on the Vertica team. As the “new guy,” my first few weeks of work have been largely about cramming as much Vertica information into my brain as possible in the shortest time possible. That’s my favorite part of working in the big data analysis world. You always have to keep learning....
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Thanks, Google!

This week began with a compliment from Google that made me so proud on behalf of Vertica! On Wednesday, July 25, at the Google Cloud Next 2018 event, Google launched a Machine Learning (ML) beta with two algorithms – linear and logistic regression – and also confirmed that these new machine learning functions could be...
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The Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart Metering

Every month, my husband receives a driver’s report from Chevrolet, providing him with “feedback” on his driving behavior – everything from the intensity of his braking to the number of lane changes without a blinker to the distance and speed he drove in his Silverado truck. The report also provides specific details on the upcoming...

Using Vertica Machine Learning to Analyze Smart Meter Data

Machine learning and data science have the potential to transform businesses because of their ability to deliver non-obvious, valuable insights from massive amounts of data. However, many data scientist's workflows are hindered by computational constraints, especially when working with very large data sets. While most real-world data science workflows require more than multiple cores on...