Query systems are widely used among data scientists, but this style of real-time analysis is virtually unknown to particle physicists. Considering that thousands of physicists per collaboration share data, a query system would be a perfect fit. Tr... Read more
Since the 1970's, data analysis in high energy physics has revolved around the histogram: an array of integers approximating a distribution. Fortran codes drawing ASCII-art plots bear a strong resemblance to the analysis scripts that discovered th... Read more
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Jim was trained as a physicist with a Ph.D. from Cornell and has done a lot of physics analyses himself. He helped to commission the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider before joining Open Data Group, a Big Data analytics consultancy. There, he developed the Portable Format for Analytics (PFA) and has since returned to high energy physics as part of DIANA-HEP, a project to introduce machine learning and Big Data techniques to high energy physicists.