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The COVID-19 pandemic looks like a world war, spreading to 213 countries and regions around the world [worldometer.info], bringing deaths, sickness, fear, sadness, disaster, and chaos to the world. An immense volume of COVID-19 data streams daily to us as messages from the front of the battle with our invisible enemy, SARS-CoV-2 virus. From this data volume, I have asked for myself a question:
“How many infected people are still in our near environment, in our country, and further to neighboring countries?”
The number of currently infected patients is important; it is helpful for our living, planning, working, and preventing. From this motivation, I am extending my research interest from the visualization of data, and the estimation of the undiscovered infection cases, to the comparison of the active infection cases from different locations.
In this article, I want to share with you my method “Normalization of accumulated active cases” for analysis data from multi-country.
Because of my data resource, which delivers data from many countries, I could be working at a “high level”: compare data from the countries around the world. However, you could use my methods and my open-source software package writing in Python to analyze data from the other geographic locations too.
I presented here some showcases to demonstrate my developing method. They are not professional reports (as found in WHO, CDC, RKI), but it could be useful to help us to understand what is going on by COVID-19 Pandemic, beyond the immense volume of data.
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Bhavesh Bhatt, Data Scientist from Fractal Analytics posted that he has created a Python script that checks the available slots for Covid-19 vaccination centres from CoWIN API in India. He has also shared the GitHub link to the script.
The YouTube content creator posted, “Tracking available slots for Covid-19 Vaccination Centers in India on the CoWIN website can be a bit strenuous.” “I have created a Python script which checks the available slots for Covid-19 vaccination centres from CoWIN API in India. I also plan to add features in this script of booking a slot using the API directly,” he added.
We asked Bhatt how did the idea come to fruition, he said, “Registration for Covid vaccines for those above 18 started on 28th of April. When I was going through the CoWIN website – https://www.cowin.gov.in/home, I found it hard to navigate and find empty slots across different pin codes near my residence. On the site itself, I discovered public APIs shared by the government [https://apisetu.gov.in/public/marketplace/api/cowin] so I decided to play around with it and that’s how I came up with the script.”
Talking about the Python script, Bhatt mentioned that he used just 2 simple python libraries to create the Python script, which is datetime and requests. The first part of the code helps the end-user to discover a unique district_id. “Once he has the district_id, he has to input the data range for which he wants to check availability which is where the 2nd part of the script comes in handy,” Bhatt added.
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If you accumulate data on which you base your decision-making as an organization, you should probably think about your data architecture and possible best practices.
If you accumulate data on which you base your decision-making as an organization, you most probably need to think about your data architecture and consider possible best practices. Gaining a competitive edge, remaining customer-centric to the greatest extent possible, and streamlining processes to get on-the-button outcomes can all be traced back to an organization’s capacity to build a future-ready data architecture.
In what follows, we offer a short overview of the overarching capabilities of data architecture. These include user-centricity, elasticity, robustness, and the capacity to ensure the seamless flow of data at all times. Added to these are automation enablement, plus security and data governance considerations. These points from our checklist for what we perceive to be an anticipatory analytics ecosystem.
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The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted supply chains and brought economies around the world to a standstill. In turn, businesses need access to accurate, timely data more than ever before. As a result, the demand for data analytics is skyrocketing as businesses try to navigate an uncertain future. However, the sudden surge in demand comes with its own set of challenges.
Here is how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the data industry and how enterprises can prepare for the data challenges to come in 2021 and beyond.
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With possibly everything that one can think of which revolves around data, the need for people who can transform data into a manner that helps in making the best of the available data is at its peak. This brings our attention to two major aspects of data – data science and data analysis. Many tend to get confused between the two and often misuse one in place of the other. In reality, they are different from each other in a couple of aspects. Read on to find how data analysis and data science are different from each other.
Before jumping straight into the differences between the two, it is critical to understand the commonalities between data analysis and data science. First things first – both these areas revolve primarily around data. Next, the prime objective of both of them remains the same – to meet the business objective and aid in the decision-making ability. Also, both these fields demand the person be well acquainted with the business problems, market size, opportunities, risks and a rough idea of what could be the possible solutions.
Now, addressing the main topic of interest – how are data analysis and data science different from each other.
As far as data science is concerned, it is nothing but drawing actionable insights from raw data. Data science has most of the work done in these three areas –
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In the digital era that we live in, data has become the biggest and most valuable asset for most organisations. Data is rapidly transforming the way we live and communicate, and it is by collecting, sorting and studying this data, that organisations across the world are looking for ways to impact their bottom lines.
When working with all terminology related to data, it is essential to have a clear understanding of the different scope of work related to it. In this article, we’ll discuss the differences between Big Data and Data Science. Though these terms are interlinked and often used interchangeably, there’s a vast underlying difference between them in all aspects.
Let us begin by defining the two terms.
Big Data is a standard way to define it is as an assortment of data which is too large to be stored or processed using the traditional database systems within a given period. A common misconception while referring to it is when the term is used to refer to data whose size of the volume is of the order of terabytes or more. However, it is a purely contextual term. For example, even a file of 250MB is Big Data in the context of an email attachment.
Data exhibits key attributes that must be taken into consideration when processing a dataset. They are most commonly known as the 5 Vs. Each of the Vs has specific implications in terms of handling them, but, when all of them are seen in combination, they present even bigger challenges.
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