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Regression Analysis;  The Assimilation Project

Regression analysis is a simple, powerful and extensible algorithm that represents an accessible entry point into machine learning for mere humans. This talk will cover what regression analysis is, some tools for implementing it to make predictions and categorizations, and show several examples of using regression analysis using the Google Prediction API and the numpy/scipy suite of tools.

Devon Jones, Lead Systems Engineer, Knewton
Gabe Hamilton, Software Engineering Manager, Revionics


The Assimilation Project provides integrated IT discovery and monitoring aimed at risk management and mitigation. Discovery finds systems, services, dependencies, including services you aren’t monitoring and systems you’ve forgotten about. About 30% of all outside security breaches come through forgotten systems. Discovery is continuous and has zero-network-footprint. Monitoring is extremely scalable due to a radically distributed architecture. Discovery informs monitoring - simplifying configuration and maintenance.

The Assimilation Project software provides extremely scalable easy-to-configure monitoring, and creates a continually up to date, detailed configuration management database based on the Neo4j graph database. This talk will give an overview of the Assimilation project - some use cases, its capabilities, current status and future plans

Speaker:  Alan Robertson

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  • Tom F.

    Gabe and Devon provided a good overview of regression analysis. Alan's Assimilation project is ground breaking with its simplicity for discovery and monitoring and his spirited talk provided significant insights. I look forward to visualizing his Neo4J network topologies with D3.

    1 · October 2, 2013

    • Alan R.

      And I look forward to you visualizing it even more than you do ;-)

      October 5, 2013

  • Anna

    Challenging/Stretching my old brain around new stuff is fun. Discussions about polynomials and stealth monitoriing. Still giggling over the quote of the night, "Stupid code works!.....unless it's written stupid."

    Thanks for another great evening fellas!

    2 · October 2, 2013

    • Alan R.

      The best thing about that quote is that half was said by two different people - making it even funnier ;-)

      2 · October 5, 2013

  • Alan R.

    I gave a similar talk at NCAR the Thursday before, and gave an extended version at Facebook yesterday evening. Both went well,and the Facebook talk went _very_ well. Both were videoed.

    1 · October 3, 2013

    • Tim B.

      Glad to hear the Facebook presentation went well!

      October 3, 2013

    • Alan R.

      I got lots of discussion at the end - the whole thing stretched to nearly two hours. One person left during the last 5 minutes or so - everyone else stayed to the end. I managed to create a good bit of interest. It was good fun. And there were even some GitHub jokes in one place ;-)

      1 · October 4, 2013

  • Jonathan H.

    I came down with a cold so couldn't make it. Any chance this was video recorded? Looks like great topics I hated to miss.

    October 2, 2013

    • Tim B.

      No, we generally don't video talks at DOSUG. Sorry you weren't able to be there! Hope to see you next month. :)

      October 2, 2013

  • BigJohn

    Hoping to be able toke the meetings.

    September 22, 2013

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