Ant Colony Optimization


Originally posted on Algorithms in Real Life:
A popular nature inspired heuristics is from the ant. The ant foraging behaviour has been studied for long. One of the earliest studies carried out was in 1959 – Pierre-Paul Grassé invented the theory of stigmergy to explain the behavior of nest building in termites. More serious work began in 1983. Ant foraging…

Introduction to Algorithms, Heuristics and Meta-heuristics


Originally posted on Algorithms in Real Life:
At school,  I used to be often confused between Algorithms and Logarithms. I became familiar with anagrams later when I started solving crosswords. I then encountered terminologies such as heuristics and metaheuristics. In this article I have attempted to differentiate algorithms, heuristics and metaheuristics. Algorithms A simple definition…

What is the Definition of Big Data?


Is Big Data a buzzword with no clear definition? Wikipedia defines Big Data as… …a collection of data sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process using on-hand database management tools or traditional data processing applications… 13 More Definitions of Big Data Here is a collection of 13 (unlucky?) other definitions of “Big Data” … Continue reading

Amazon AWS 19th Price Reduction – a Closer Look


If you have been following me regularly then you would know that I maintain that charges for cloud services are not coming down in proportion to the routine reduction of hardware cost. So, let us examine in Amazon has reversed the trend with its latest announcement of price reduction. On 6th March, 2012 Amazon announced: … Continue reading

6 Game Changing Technology Events of 2011 – and 2 Non-Events


1. Steve Jobs resigns permanently Steve Jobs, the genius is no longer with Apple. Would you like to take a bet that within next three years, Apple will not be able to come up with another game changing innovation like iPad, iPhone, iPod, Mac or Apple PC? 2. Google goes social Paul Allen says Google+ … Continue reading

Microsoft’s Second UI Innovation


Critics have always accused Microsoft of copying UI from Apple. As Chris Madden in this interesting post point out that Apple fans state that: “…every Mac OS feature and icon eventually shows up in Windows (and in fairness many do)…” First time Microsoft came up with a revolutionary UI design was when it created the … Continue reading

Are we falling back on IT Innovation?


Smartphones, tablets, and the cloud – are they true IT innovation? Or, As Bob Lewis suggests, are they consumer innovation or port of one or more of the dozen earlier innovations to these new platforms? In this article he has listed out a list of 12 innovations that had created the ability to do something … Continue reading

Microsoft spends more on R&D than Google


[Update September, 2012 – R&D spend data from Dan Lyons’s post (figures are R&D spend as a % of revenue Google – 14%, Microsoft – 14%, Samsung – 6%, Apple – 2%] This is true not only in absolute dollar term but also true as a percentage of revenue. In fact, Microsoft spends more on R&D … Continue reading

How IBM Watson has influenced Google?


Try searching for “The capital of Oman”. What do you expect to see? Couple of sponsored link followed by ten resultant pages – right? Wrong. You will see the following. When did Google introduce this feature? It was done quietly. There is a news item on 23rd March, 2011 in Realwebseo talking about this feature. … Continue reading

How intelligent are the Computers of 2011


True, the computer system Watson, created by IBM beat all human competition in the US reality quiz show Jeopardy! But does it make Watson intelligent – is it an important step towards Singularity? Is it a significant step in the field of AI? Or, is the win meaningless and does not imply anything significant? What … Continue reading