Sharon Machlis

Executive Editor, Online & Data Analytics

Sharon Machlis is Executive Editor, Online & Data Analytics at Computerworld, where she works on data journalism projects and in-house editor tools in addition to writing and editing. Her tech interests include data visualization and analysis as well as the intersection of journalism and technology. She holds an Extra class amateur radio license and is currently somewhat obsessed with R.

First look: IBM's Watson Analytics comes to the iPad

First look: IBM's Watson Analytics comes to the iPad

The Web app has much more power, but the mobile version can be useful for analyzing tweets, for instance.

Microsoft pushes R, SQL Server integration

Microsoft pushes R, SQL Server integration

Microsoft made another R-in-the-enterprise push today, announcing Microsoft R Server 9.0 with a goal of helping companies "operationalize" data science.

What's up with RStudio's 2 high-profile hires?

What's up with RStudio's 2 high-profile hires?

I talk to Chief Scientist and R 'tidyverse' guru Hadley Wickham to find out.

Sisense brings its analytics platform to chat bots

Sisense brings its analytics platform to chat bots

Analytics firm Sisense has brought its BI platform to chat bots, allowing customers to ask natural-language questions about their data while in Slack, Skype, Facebook Messenger or Telegram.

These R packages import sports, weather, stock data and more

These R packages import sports, weather, stock data and more

Want to look at salary trends? Check a stock's price history? Look at the performance of your favorite sports team? Here's how to easily pull publicly available data into R.

Election night: Whoa, was I was wrong

Election night: Whoa, was I was wrong

Data seemed so clearly pointing to one result in last night's presidential election. But it wasn't.

Tableau to launch visual data-prep software

Tableau to launch visual data-prep software

Tableau is moving into the data-wrangling business, announcing plans for visual data-preparation software code-named Project Maestro.

R resources for Election Night

R resources for Election Night

Want to geek out with data as the returns come in? Here are some ideas.

Why I won't be in suspense this presidential election night (in tweets)

Why I won't be in suspense this presidential election night (in tweets)

I'm with Sam Wang: There's drama, and then there's data.

Airbnb open sources data-science-sharing platform

Airbnb open sources data-science-sharing platform

The knowledge-sharing framework, still in beta, is designed to bring the discipline of computer-code sharing to data analysis.

Microsoft adds R data visualizations without R to Power BI

Microsoft adds R data visualizations without R to Power BI

You can now use some R visuals without actually knowing R

Political data reporting malpractice

Political data reporting malpractice

The only Presidential polling that matters is the Electoral College. But that's not what's being reported in too many media stories in an effort to hype a race as being close.

MicroStrategy Desktop BI software now free

MicroStrategy Desktop BI software now free

Today's announcement adds to the no-cost self-service BI landscape that include Tableau Public, Microsoft Power BI and some versions of Qlik, among others.

60+ R resources to improve your data skills

From books to videos to online tutorials -- most free! -- here are plenty of ideas to burnish your R knowledge.

Google Sheets Explore: A work in progress

Google Sheets Explore: A work in progress

I take Google Sheets' new natural-language queries for a test drive. Here's what I found.

IBM, Cloudera join RStudio to create R interface to Apache Spark

IBM, Cloudera join RStudio to create R interface to Apache Spark

R users can now use the popular dplyr package to tap into Apache Spark big data.

Power BI gets robust mapping with ArcGIS

Power BI gets robust mapping with ArcGIS

Microsoft free Power BI is slated to get some serious mapping capabilities, as Microsoft yesterday announced ArcGIS for Power BI by Esri is on the way sometime this year.

Esri joins the R Consortium

Esri joins the R Consortium

It's another sign of R's push into the enterprise, as the geospatial analysis vendor joins companies such as Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and Google.

How to download new Census data with R

How to download new Census data with R

Here's how to get data from the just-released 2015 American Community Survey using R.

Bottlenose aims to automate data science tasks

Bottlenose aims to automate data science tasks

Its Nerve Center 3 product targets the mid-range of the market

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