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Current top-rated Strata sessions

I was curious to know how people had rated the different sessions on the Strata 2011 conference, but felt it cumbersome to navigate to each session page and look at the ratings, so I wrote a little screen-scraping program to collect all ratings. It’s important to note that the ratings are still being updated; you’re still allowed to rate the sessions on the Strata site, so this is just a snapshot.

These are the sessions that currently have an average rating of at least 4. Note that the top three sessions have only one vote each.

(Session name – Average rating – # ratings)

Title Avg score Num ratings
Dirty Politics, Dirty Data: Taming the Federal Election Commission’s Database 5 1
Riak Core: Scalable, Highly-Available Distributed Systems Infrastructure 5 1
The $3 Million Heritage Health Prize 5 1
Data Journalism: Applied Interfaces 4,6 10
Open Data: Designing Data-centric Web APIs 4,55 11
Social Media Analytics Using Greenplum’s Data Computing Appliance 4,5 2
Innovating Data Teams 4,49 37
Free Our Data: How We Made Sense of Huge Datasets 4,42 33
Determine the Right Analytic Database: A Survey of Data Technologies and Products 4,42 12
Building the Data-Driven Organization 4,38 8
Meaningful Insights From Raw Metrics: Virtual Worlds and Other Business Applications 4,33 3
New Developments in Large Data Techniques 4,26 19
Beyond visualization: Productivity, Complexity and Information Overload 4,26 19
Present Tense: The Challenges and Trade-offs in Building a Web-scale Real-time Analytics System 4,2 15
The Mythology of Big Data 4,19 47
Sponsor Pavilion Reception 4,19 47
Can Big Data Fix Healthcare? 4,14 28
What Data Tells Us 4,14 43
Your Data Rules the World 4,03 29
Making Data Science a Sport 4 7
Crowdsourcing and the Democratization of Data 4 2
OpenTSDB: A Scalable, Distributed Time Series Database 4 3
AnySurface: Bringing Agent-based Simulation and Data Visualization to All Surfaces 4 6
Predicting the Future: Anticipating the World with Data 4 12
Opening Welcome – Day 2 4 5

UPDATE: As requested in a comment, here is a complete list of ratings (as of Feb 9, 13.29 central European time) for all talks that had at least 10 ratings:

Open Data: Designing Data-centric Web APIs 4,58 12 ratings
Data Journalism: Applied Interfaces 4,55 11 ratings
Innovating Data Teams 4,5 38 ratings
Free Our Data: How We Made Sense of Huge Datasets 4,42 36 ratings
Determine the Right Analytic Database: A Survey of Data Technologies and Products 4,42 12 ratings
New Developments in Large Data Techniques 4,35 23 ratings
Beyond visualization: Productivity, Complexity and Information Overload 4,25 20 ratings
The Mythology of Big Data 4,2 49 ratings
Sponsor Pavilion Reception 4,2 49 ratings
Present Tense: The Challenges and Trade-offs in Building a Web-scale Real-time Analytics System 4,18 17 ratings
What Data Tells Us 4,16 45 ratings
Can Big Data Fix Healthcare? 4,14 29 ratings
Your Data Rules the World 4,07 30 ratings
Predicting the Future: Anticipating the World with Data 4 13 ratings
Big Data, Lean Startup: Data Science on a Shoestring 3,93 29 ratings
Small is the New Big: Lessons in Visual Economy 3,93 15 ratings
Opening Welcome 3,85 13 ratings
Real-Time Searching of Big Data with Solr and Hadoop 3,83 12 ratings
Realtime Analytics at Twitter 3,82 17 ratings
Generating Dynamic Social Networks from Large Scale Unstructured Data 3,82 11 ratings
MAD Skills: A Magnetic, Agile and Deep Approach to Scalable Analytics 3,75 20 ratings
Prototyping With Data 3,64 25 ratings
Communicating Data Clearly 3,58 12 ratings
Apache Cassandra in Action 3,53 19 ratings
Google Cloud for Data Crunchers 3,45 11 ratings
Analytics and Witch-Doctoring: Why Executives Succumb to the Black Box Mentality 3,43 14 ratings
Distilling Data Exhaust: How to Surface Insights and Build Products 3,37 30 ratings
Data Without Limits 3,36 42 ratings
The Heat Death of the Data Warehouse 3,33 27 ratings
Telling Great Data Stories Online 3,31 13 ratings
Data as Art 3,23 13 ratings
Data Bootcamp 3,17 29 ratings
Executive Summit 3,17 29 ratings
What’s Mine is Yours: the Ethics of Big Data Ownership 3,1 10 ratings
Scaling Data Analysis with Apache Mahout 2,75 12 ratings
Real World Applications Panel: Healthcare and Medicine 2,7 10 ratings
Supercharge Development and Performance of Hadoop Applications 2,7 10 ratings
Posthumans, Big Data and New Interfaces 2,64 33 ratings
Delivering Big Data: A Conversation with Mike Olson and Rod Smith 2,5 20 ratings
Startup Showcase 2,5 20 ratings
Online Sentiment, Machine Learning, and Prediction 2,42 12 ratings
Designing For Infinity 2,4 15 ratings
Where’s the Money in Big Data? 2,36 14 ratings
Privacy and Big Behavioral Data in the B2B Space 2,19 36 ratings
Data Everywhere: There Ought to Be a Marketplace for It 1,88 33 ratings
Retail: Lessons Learned from the First Data-Driven Business and Future Directions 1,73 11 ratings
Wolfram|Alpha: Answering Questions with the World’s Factual Data 1,64 11 ratings
How to Develop Big Data Applications for Hadoop 1,57 23 ratings
Why Legacy Databases Can’t Survive the Data Deluge – It’s About Dollars and Sense 1,35 34 ratings
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6 thoughts on “Current top-rated Strata sessions

  1. Petter Holme on said:

    Data people are a happy bunch! the Danes of engineering.

  2. Mikael Huss on said:

    I’m only posting the top scores…

  3. Petter Holme on said:

    ah, my bad! what is the conference average then?

  4. Mikael Huss on said:

    The current average is 3.37 (median 3.5)

  5. Post the bottom ones too… And apply a minimum review filter… Fun!

  6. Mikael Huss on said:

    I just put up a complete list with all talks that have at least 10 ratings.

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