This blog entry is reposted with permission from Forbes. Original URL: http://www.forbes.com/sites/kymmcnicholas/2011/11/07/how-to-catch-a-serial-killer-in-three-minutes/

 

We’ve always been able to crunch the numbers. But software is now doing it for us a lot quicker than a calculator or even our brain. So you don’t have to be an IT technician to analyze data anymore. Software such as what Oracle, IBM, Tibco, Qlik Technologies and others  make, can take years of patient data, from diagnosis to treatments and within ten minutes, make sense of all of it. So, doctors at Children’s Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia are using it to save lives of heart patients. Fishermen in Peru are using it to  catch more fish in less time because all the information they need to find the perfect spot on the perfect day is pulled into one piece of software that spits out the answer in five minutes. Data analysis software is also helping police in Sweden to catch criminals. It pulls in all of the cell phone information, finger prints and DNA into one piece of software that displays the best matches almost instantly. Here’s how:

 

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