Alteryx 2020.3 highlighted by one-click data modeling tool

With process automation an ongoing focus for Alteryx, a new no-code data modeling capability highlights the release of Alteryx 2020.3.

Alteryx, a data management vendor founded in 1997 and based in Irvine, Calif., unveiled its latest platform update in a blog post on Sept. 1, and all of the features included in the release are now generally available to customers.

Alteryx previously offered data modeling capabilities with its Assisted Modeling Tool, but new in Alteryx 2020.3 is Automatic Mode within the tool. With a single click of a mouse, users can create a machine learning pipeline that automatically determines the best algorithms, data features and data transformations to create a data model.

By adding Automatic Mode, Alteryx is targeting users without a background in data science in addition to data experts already enabled by the Assisted Modeling Tool, according to Dave Menninger, research director of data and analytics research at Ventana Research.

“They’ve adopted a position that you will have data science experts and people who are dabbling in data science, and they’ve done a good job creating a single platform that those two audiences can share,” he said. “You hear several vendors talk about the no-code approach and the

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Reltio sets new course for master data management strategy

With data residing in many different places, a key challenge is how to master it all — which is what a master data management strategy is all about.

With master data management (MDM) there is a “master” record of data that an organization can use for operations and analysis. Cloud software vendor Reltio in Redwood City, Calif., got its start in the MDM space in 2011 and since developed a broader view of data management with its Reltio Connected Customer 360 platform.

On Tuesday, Reltio marked the next phase of its business growth by announcing the transition of founder and CEO Manish Sood to the role of CTO. Chris Hylen, previously CEO of security firm Imperva, will become CEO at Reltio.

In this Q&A, Sood provides insight into how the MDM market has changed during the last decade and what challenges organizations face for enterprise data management.

Why are you now moving out of the CEO role ?

Manish Sood

Manish Sood: We started the company back in 2011 and started taking our products into the market right around the late 2014 time frame. Since then, the growth has been really good for us. We felt that

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Vanderbilt astrophysicist part of international team that discovered a gargantuan ‘alien’ black hole that challenges previous knowledge of the universe

A Vanderbilt astrophysicist played a key role in discovering an entirely new breed of black holes that presents far-reaching and fundamental questions about how we understand the universe.

With close to a thousand scientists around the world working together through the Laser Interferometry Gravitational-Wave Observatory Scientific Collaboration (LSC) and the Virgo Collaboration, Vanderbilt research assistant professor Karan Jani was a key contributor to the publications explaining the discovery of this massive black hole and discussing its implications in the journals Physical Review Letters and Astrophysical Journal Letters.

“This is a milestone in modern astronomy and a personal milestone after six years of intensive research of hunting these elusive black holes,” said Jani, named Vanderbilt’s postdoctoral scholar of the year. “The system we’ve discovered is so bizarre that it breaks a number of previous assumptions about how black holes form. We took more than a year to confirm this alien black hole’s existence and are thrilled to be sharing this discovery with the world.”

Traditional astronomy predicts that there is a limit to the mass of a black hole that forms when a star dies, but this gargantuan black hole far exceeds that theoretical limit. Weighing in at 142 times

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Breakthrough helps narrow the search for intelligent life in the Milky Way

An analytical breakthrough that could significantly improve our chances of finding extra-terrestrial life in our galaxy has been discovered by a team at The University of Manchester.

In new research published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, the researchers demonstrate a reanalysis of existing data that represents a new milestone in the Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence (SETI).

The collaborative research team have been able to dramatically expand the search for extra-terrestrial life from 1,400 stars to 280,000 – increasing the number of stars analysed by a factor of more than 200.

The result suggests that less than 0.04% of stellar systems have the potential of hosting advanced civilisations with the equivalent or slightly more advanced radio technology than 21st century humans. As well as improving the limits for nearby stars, the team for the first time have actually placed limits own more distant stars with the caveat that any potential lifeforms inhabiting the outer limits of the galaxy would need even more powerful transmitters in order to be detectable.

The analysis, say researchers, can only locate intelligent and technically advanced civilisations that use radio waves as a form of communication – they could

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A “bang” in LIGO and Virgo detectors signals most massive gravitational-wave source yet

For all its vast emptiness, the universe is humming with activity in the form of gravitational waves. Produced by extreme astrophysical phenomena, these reverberations ripple forth and shake the fabric of space-time, like the clang of a cosmic bell.

Now researchers have detected a signal from what may be the most massive black hole merger yet observed in gravitational waves. The product of the merger is the first clear detection of an “intermediate-mass” black hole, with a mass between 100 and 1,000 times that of the sun.

Numerical simulation of two black holes that inspiral and merge, emitting gravitational waves. The black holes have large and nearly equal masses, with one only 3% more massive than the other. The simulated gravitational wave signal is consistent with the observation made by the LIGO and Virgo gravitational wave detectors on May 21st, 2019 (GW190521). Image credit:  N. Fischer, H. Pfeiffer, A. Buonanno (Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics), Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes (SXS) Collaboration

They detected the signal, which they have labeled GW190521, on May 21, 2019, with the National Science Foundation’s Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO), a pair of identical, 4-kilometer-long interferometers in the United States; and Virgo, a 3-kilometer-long detector in

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New Gears Can Withstand Impact, Freezing Temperatures During Lunar Missions

Many exploration destinations in our solar system are frigid and require hardware that can withstand the extreme cold. During NASA’s Artemis missions, temperatures at the Moon’s South Pole will drop drastically during the lunar night. Farther into the solar system, on Jupiter’s moon Europa, temperatures never rise above -260 degrees Fahrenheit (-162 degrees Celsius) at the equator.

Andrew Kennett (left) watches as Dominic Aldi (right) uses liquid nitrogen to cool a motor integrated bulk metallic glass gearbox prior to shock testing it. The motor and gearbox are inside the frosty metal “bucket” that contains the liquid nitrogen. The tooling, including the “bucket” is designed to be mounted both vertically (shown) and horizontally on the cube for testing the motor and gearbox in three orientations. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

One NASA project is developing special gears that can withstand the extreme temperatures experienced during missions to the Moon and beyond. Typically, in extremely low temperatures, gears – and the housing in which they’re encased, called a gearbox – are heated. After heating, a lubricant helps the gears function correctly and prevents the steel alloys from becoming brittle and, eventually, breaking.

NASA’s Bulk Metallic Glass Gears (BMGG) project team is creating material made of

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