The purpose of this note started with the idea of identifying top analytics blogs for my students. As I started writing, I found that the list is useful for practitioners too with a caution that it is a list that I found valuable information or fun information for my practice. If a reader points out to additional aggregated site on ranked blogs or just a great blog I am more than happier to take a look at them and add them as necessary.
Analytics blogs are important sites because they provide very interesting views, aggregation of information from multiple sites, understanding diverse points of views, and latest views/news on data and data intelligence. These are updated constantly and are available in real time as the information and views are put together by the professionals and aggregated from around the world. The analytics community owe these professionals and their passion for providing such interesting and useful information, usually free. Some times they may just ask you to become a member for the benefit of reading their sites. It provides a venue for authors to broadcast their writings and consumers pick and choose whatever they want, whenever they need it.
While trying to put together the list of useful blogs for practitioners as well as fast growing student population, I find two characteristics as being useful in identifying the top analytics blogs; methods and tools vs. domain specific application.
The vast diversity of analytics blogs are identified by domain of application called verticals and the other type is about methods of application which could be used in any vertical. For example, an analytics blog which is focused on web analytics is a methods blog and it is applicable to any number of application domain/industry such as insurance, education, banking, credit cards, investment services, retail, CPG, energy, sports, auto industries.
And, then there are different methods blogs, such as mobile analytics, direct marketing analytics, risk analytics, big data analytics, sports analytics, text mining, voice and video analytics, social media analytics, …
Some times, an analytics blog is a highly specialized analytics blog for a specific industry or specific sub-set of an industry. For example, sports analytics is a very different group and a sports analytics blog for baseball is very different compared to a sports analytics blog for football, vs. a sports analytics blog for golf, because of terminology differences, the passion of the followers and the nuances of the game, and the different measurements that defines the game. While it is still in the early stages, the education analytics using big data is very different compared to the urban/city analytics using big data. Then there are prominent software company hosted blogs and prominent consulting companies hosted blogs. Some of the list below is partially tilted with these sidings, which I could not avoid. This is a start and it will get trimmed or fine tuned as we go along.
My purpose is not to impute any ranking of importance to these blogs. The purpose is to put together a meta-note that aggregates best blogs, some of that may be referring to sites that have already been aggregating blogs as top 10 or top 100 list by some other process.
In the list below, there is no reason or ranking as to why one group of blogs is mentioned first vs. second, and so on. This is a just a collection, again with out any imputation of ranking from my side.
The top 4 blogs that I value for students’ exposure are
– KDnuggets collection of blog
– http://www.perceptualedge.com/blog/ – visualization guru
– http://www.kaushik.net/avinash/ – web analytics guru
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– Top Ten Web Analytics Blogs: July 2007 – Though this is 5 years old, it has some scientific method of rankning blogs along with a list of web analytics blogs chosen by that method for readers to familiarize the concepts and to follow analytics details.
– KDnuggets collection of blogs – KDnuggets.com, one of the pioneering data mining community blog list provides an amalgamation of blogs that are prominent across verticals and methods. It is a honor to be in their list, by the virtue of their contribution from the beginning when data mining was not even known outside of a small list of practitioners. There is no discussion as to how or why these are selected. None the less, a great diverse collection
– http://www.perceptualedge.com/blog/ – visualization guru
– http://blogs.sas.com/ – this has a large collection of blogs that comes with a sub-title, “connecting you to people, products, & ideas from SAS”.
– http://www.r-bloggers.com/ – this is a collection bloggers on R from around the world, specifically on R programming language.
– http://www.flowingdata.com/ and http://www.visual.ly/ are two visualization sites, I visit, more so the first one for traditional visualizations while second one provides views of unusual insights and visual dynamics for big-data.
– http://www.information-management.com/blogs/ ; there is a collection of authors contributing to different topics in information management, including analytics which is contributed by Steve Miller
– http://blog.wolfram.com/, a leader in proprietary computational software, http://www.mathematica.com/. I do not use mathematica but this list will be incomplete with out mentioning this. At this stage this is a fun site for me.
– http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/top-10-social-media-blogs-of-2011/ – a collection of top 10 social media blogs, not weighted by analytics
– http://blogs.sap.com/innovation/mobile-applications/top-10-blogsnews-sites-for-mobile-06973 – top 10 mobile media blogs, not weighted by analytics.
As a general collection of blogs, I visit blogs from kdnuggets.com list for any possible expansion of ideas or point of views; this site serves my purposes.
Footnote1: A complementary reading for top 10 web analytics blogs is http://blog.webanalyticsdemystified.com/weblog/2007/07/technorati-is-a-poor-source-of-blog-ranking-data.html, on why the ranking method used may not be the best
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