What we saw at Spark Summit Europe 2017: More Spark Libraries, Real Machine Learning systems into production, and the reality of Deep Learning in Spark

Beatriz Alonso

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A month ago, the latest Spark Summit Europe, the world’s largest event for the Apache Spark™ Community, was held in Dublin with the participation of more than 1200 developers, engineers, data scientist, researchers and business professionals. José A. Rodríguez, one of our data scientists, had the opportunity to participate as a speaker with a talk in which he explained a …

Recommended Readings on Data Science

Juan Murillo

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The journey that has taken data and its applications from the periphery to the heart of today’s debate has multiple ramifications: social, ethical and legal questions about the opportunities and risks of “datification” in our society, business aspects around the challenge of transforming data into innovative solutions perceived as a new value by customers, and technical and methodological aspects around …

What we saw at ECML & PKDD 2017

Elena Tomas Herruzo

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Last September I had the pleasure to attend to the European Conference on Machine Learning (ECML), which has been held simultaneously with the Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases Conference (PKDD) for the last 13 years. This year the conference was held in Skopje, where they received us with an excellent and priceless Balkan hospitality. The capital of …

Digital Transformation and Big Data in Companies

Josep Amoros

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During the last International Symposium of Applied Innovation IMAT, held from 28 to 30 June in Valencia, our colleague Josep Amorós, responsible for Commerce360, participated as a speaker with a talk dedicated to Digital Transformation and Big Data in companies, and the organization of the event has interviewed him to know his points of view in this field. You can …

Can People Analytics Transform Management?

Antonio Moneo

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This article is a brief summary of the contents of the course “People Analytics: Transforming Management with Behavioral Data”, led by Ben Waber and Sandy Pentland at the MIT Media Lab in July 24 and 25, 2017. The content of the article is based on their explanation and bibliographic references. Background People Analytics is a discipline of Social Physics that …

Improving the Response Rate of Non-Customer Campaigns with SMOTE Algorithm

Angel Reyes Obispo

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Background Attracting new customers is a challenge for any company, and the response rate to marketing campaigns is usually low among non-customers. Traditional Machine Learning algorithms, such as Logistic Regression, can classify potential customers and predict the result of marketing campaigns, but their predictive accuracy is limited when the data is imbalanced (Chawla, Bowyer, Hall & Kegelmeyer, 2002). Responses to …

The Transformation of a Bank into a Digital Business

Beatriz Alonso

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Last week, The Economist, one of the world’s most respected publications in the economic sphere, has written up an article on BBVA Group, entitled “BBVA, A Spanish Bank, Reinvents itself as a Digital Business”. Throughout the text, describe the initiatives that BBVA, as a global bank, is carrying out to become the bank of the future, and the reasons why …

Personalizing Banking Services with Advanced Data Analytics

Teresa Correas and Jose Antonio Rodriguez Serrano

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In the traditional banking model, data was produced by the customer and processed by data analysts. Customer’s income and expenses were used to understand global trends and design products and services attractive for specific segments. BBVA is leveraging advanced analytics methods and technology to give users full control over their data and help them understand their financial health to make …

It is Not About Deep Learning, But Learning How to Represent

Juan Arévalo

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Recently, we setup a workgroup dedicated to Deep Learning (DL). Workgroups offer opportunities to share internally ideas, concepts, resources, code, etc. Additionally, they are meant to promote the use of Machine Learning at BBVA. I remember vividly how José Antonio Rodríguez, one of the impellers of this workgroup, told us back then: “We should call it the workgroup on representation …

Presentation of Urban Discovery: Our Contribution to an Improved Vision of Big Cities

Beatriz Alonso

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Last September 21st, at BBVA Innovation Center, we presented the results of our last research on territorial analytics: Urban Discovery, a new tool developed together with CARTO, that shows how the analytics of anonymized credit card data can serve to identify functional areas in Madrid, Barcelona and Mexico City, to describe city main dynamics and areas of specialization, and to …