The paper I am presenting at SCECR Conference in Montreal

Hi all,

Tomorrow I am going to present a paper with the approach of data analytics at the statistical challenges in e-commerce research (SCECR) in Montreal. This paper deals with using online product reviews to categorize products to experience good and search goods.

A copy of the paper can be found here, if you are interested.


Another Article on Boom of Data Related Industry

Apple Planning to Invest $1 Billion in New Data Center and Other Facilities in Reno, Nevada

Tuesday June 26, 2012 11:30 am PDT by Eric Slivka
The Reno Gazette-Journal reports that Apple has proposed investing up to $1 billion over the next ten years to build a new data center and other facilities in the Reno, Nevada area. The data center would be located in unincorporated Washoe County, while a “business and purchasing center” would be located in a business park in downtown Reno.Today, the Washoe County Board of Commissioners is considering abatements for Apple’s planned data center in the Reno Technology Park, located east of Sparks along Interstate 80.

Mike Folks, an Apple spokesman, said the company planning for the project to become operational later this year.

“We’re looking at a 30-year relationship,” Folks told commissioners.

The data center, codenamed “Project Jonathan”, is said to be planned to generate nearly 600 construction jobs and as many as 41 direct and 200 contractor jobs upon opening.

Apple currently operates a major data center in Maiden, North Carolina and a much smaller one in Newark, California near the companies headquarters. Apple is also investing $250 million in a new data center in Prineville, Oregon.

Update: Apple has issued a statement to AllThingsD confirming its intent for the area.“We hope to build Apple’s next data center in Reno to support Apple’s iTunes Store, App Store and incredibly popular iCloud services,” Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet told AllThingsD. “If approved, this project would expand our presence in Nevada and create hundreds of construction jobs over the next year, plus permanent jobs at the data center which will add to our existing total of nearly 400 employees in the state.”

Final Grade

Hi all,

Final grade will be calculated with the following formula.

Final grade = (exam1+exam2+exam3)*0.22+quiz*0.6+ (assignment1+…+Assignment 6)*0.4+Participation Credit + Extra Credit



Teaching Evaluation and Student Feedback Goes Online!

Hello all,

We will not have paper based teaching evaluation student feedback forms anymore, everything is being digitized! Please see below the memorandum, and go to this URL to finish the teaching evaluation:

Let me know if you have any questions.

Kevin Hong



To: Temple Instructor
Peter R. Jones, Chair, Course and Teaching Evaluation Committee and Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies
Subject: First Summer Session 2012 Student Feedback Forms
Friday, June 15, 2012

For First Summer Session 2012, the Student Feedback Forms (SFFs) will be administered online.  We are pleased to announce that both instructors and students can now access SFFs with a browser on their computer, smartphone or mobile device. Please follow the link below to complete the e-SFF Instructor Form for your courses.

Your students will be sent an e-mail in a few days, asking them to complete their evaluations online.  If there are additional items for your course, please provide those items to the students before they are due to receive their e-mail.  The schedule for sending e-mails to your students is as follows:

Initial e-mail to students
Reminder e-mail to students
Final reminder e-mail to students
Last day to complete SFFs
Wednesday, June 20
Monday, June 25
Thursday, June 28
Monday, July 2

The attached FAQ provides additional e-SFF information. The move to online SFFs will provide faster turnaround time for instructor reports, and we hope you and your students find e-SFFs convenient and easy to use.

Useful info about SAS certificates

Hi all,

For those who are interested in getting a job related to business intelligence or business analytics, SAS certificates could make you look GOOD.

Here is one exam you can consider taking:

Just for your information.