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Our New FAQ Page Is Live!

Sep 9, 2014

As Manager of Media & Public Relations, it is my pleasure to unveil the latest high-tech innovation from Automated Insights: our new Frequently Asked Questions page!

Click on over to learn more about our company and our natural language generation platform, Wordsmith.

You’ll get answers to questions like:

1. Why use natural language to present insights?

2. Can Wordsmith match my tone, voice, and style?

3. Where can I see Wordsmith in action?

4. Do we exist in one of an infinite number of parallel universes?

Please note that if you don’t see the question about parallel universes on the FAQ page, you must exist in a universe in which my boss made me take that one out.

If you’ve got questions of the less-than-frequently-asked variety, you can always contact us via email or on Twitter.

Making Sense of Fantasy Football Forecasts

Sep 4, 2014

Our friends at Yahoo have just published some must-see fantasy football analysis by our data scientist Adrian Atkinson.

Adrian tackles ones of the most important questions in sports: how much smack can I talk if my team is projected to win?

Using NFL and Yahoo Fantasy data, Adrian masterfully illustrates just how confident you should be given your spread.

I won’t say any more here, but I will tease you with this graph:


Now head over to Yahoo and read the full analysis.

Big Data’s 5-Year Rise In 5 Charts

Sep 3, 2014


The rise of Big Data has been rapid and recent. Below are five Google Trends graphs that help tell the story.

First, a quick refresher from Google on how Trends graphs work:

Numbers represent search interest relative to the highest point on the chart. If at most 10% of searches for the given region and time frame were for “pizza,” we’d consider this 100. This doesn’t convey absolute search volume.

Our first two graphs indicate that the demand-driven data deluge shows no signs of diminishing:

The ascent of both “more data” and “too much data” matches the reality we explore in our recent white paper: despite massive data growth, there is a relative dearth of data analysis.

In other words, people have more data than they know what to do with. And that explains the rising popularity of our next two terms:

In recent years, “data analytics” has become slightly more popular than “data science,” although the relative popularity of both terms has grown significantly.

Perhaps driven by this growing awareness of data science and analytics, interest in Big Data tools and software has been exploding since early 2012…

…as has interest in data scientist jobs and salaries:

For more on Big Data, download our free white paper and learn how natural language generation turns Big Data into actionable insights.

What Does My Fantasy Draft Grade Mean? | Ask Ai

Aug 29, 2014

It’s fantasy football season!

Our Wordsmith platform is gearing up to once again produce millions of personalized (and snarky!) Yahoo fantasy matchup reports.

Right now, Wordsmith is producing fantasy draft recaps and grades for every Yahoo team.

People are tweeting about their draft grade. Including these guys:

So what’s the deal with those grades?

In the video above, Joe Procopio, our VP of Product Engineering, explains what goes into a Yahoo Fantasy Football draft grade – and whether your fantasy draft grade is truly your fantasy destiny.

If you’d rather read than watch a video, here’s Joe’s wisdom in lightly-edited text form:

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Read Our New White Paper on Natural Language Generation

Aug 27, 2014


We’ve just published a new white paper, “Big Data Needs Big Insights: The Business Case for Natural Language Generation.”

As businesses spend big on Big Data, there’s a growing need to derive actionable insights.

Our paper explores why Natural Language Generation (NLG) platforms succeed where dashboards and data scientists fail.

"Big Data Needs Big Insights" explains how NLG platforms can deliver real-time, engaging, actionable insights for every level of your business.

Download our white paper for free right now.

Still not convinced you’ve got to read this white paper?

Here’s an excerpt to get you started:

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Does Our Content Sound Robotic? | Ask Ai

Aug 26, 2014

Here’s the latest installment of our “Ask Ai” video series!

In this episode, I test whether our content sounds robotic. Can you tell which piece is automated? Watch and learn!

Got a question? Find and follow us on Twitter @AInsights.

Watch our previous episode to learn more about the “robots” in our office.

If you’ve watched the video and you want to read the content in question, see below.

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50 Data Science Gurus (and 10 Organizations) You Must Follow On Twitter

Aug 18, 2014

Get ready to up your data science game on Twitter.

Our own Ben Bruning (@NCSUalum) recently scoured the Twitterverse for top data science accounts.

Ben started with a search for “data science” and “data scientist,” then chose accounts with a strong focus on data topics.

He also included some popular accounts that occasionally go off-topic but still frequently drop tasty nuggets of data-driven wisdom.

The result: a list of 50 (update: now 51!) excellent data science gurus to follow on Twitter, plus 10 follow-worthy data science organizations.

We’ve named all the accounts at the end of this post. But first, you can read all sixty accounts in one fell swoop with this glorious Twitter list:

Did we leave some amazing data science accounts off this list? Absolutely!

Find and follow us @AInsights to let us know your favorite producers of data science tweets.

UPDATE 8/19/14: We added Kirk Borne to the list after he proved his #DataWrangling bona fides with the words “Lord, I was born a Wranglin’ man.”

And by the way, if you’re looking for Automated Insights employees on Twitter, Ben’s made a list for that, too.

And now, the names of the chosen:

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Vote For Our SXSW Panel!

Aug 14, 2014

Vote to see my session at SXSW 2015!

We proposed an amazing panel for SXSW Interactive 2015. And we need your help to get accepted!

It’s called “When Robots Write The News, What Will Humans Do?” 

Click here to vote for and read all about it!

Here’s a quick preview from the panel description:

In mid-2014, The Associated Press announced it would use technology from Automated Insights to automate corporate earnings stories. The reaction was dramatic, and many wondered: what will happen to the humans?

AP managing editor Lou Ferrara and Automated Insights CEO Robbie Allen are ready to tackle that question.

Lou and Robbie plan to explore:

  • whether automated content will ever express subjective options.
  • how aspiring journalists should prepare for the jobs of the future.
  • how automation will change the way content is consumed.
  • and more!

Thanks for your vote and we’ll see you at SXSW Interactive 2015!

Where Are The Robots? | Ask Ai

Aug 13, 2014

I’m taking your questions in our new video series, Ask Ai!

In this episode, I interview our own Brian Sewell and uncover the truth about the robots that work in our office.

Ask us your questions on Twitter using #askAi, and be sure to follow us @AInsights.

If you’d like to read the articles shown in the video, check them out on Popular Science, Complex, Engadget, and TechCrunch.

I’ll leave you with this picture:


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