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HPCC Systems blog contributors are engineers and data scientists who for years have enabled LexisNexis customers to use big data to fulfill critical missions, gain competitive advantage, or unearth new discoveries. Check this blog regularly for insights into how HPCC Systems technology can put big data to work for your own organization.

Cassandra Walker on 06/12/2019
This ECL Tip spotlights the top ten most common Enterprise Control Language (ECL) compiler/runtime errors, and how to correct them. Developers often encounter these specific errors while learning ECL. Most of these errors are easy to fix, but it is important to understand what the error message is saying and what needs to be corrected.
Lorraine Chapman on 06/05/2019
Ten students are joining the team as part of the HPCC Systems Intern Program in 2019. This program now functions over three continents. We have 5 students joining from US based universities and 4 from India. This year, we have expanded the program into Europe and our first student from this continent joins us from the UK.
Flavio Villanustre on 05/20/2019
While humans aren’t as fast or accurate as computers when it comes to analyzing data, computers are no match for us when it comes to the informed application of that analysis, creativity, lateral thinking and emotional intelligence. We possess critical thinking and experience that today’s computers simply can’t replicate. Likewise, computers don’t have the capability for ethical thinking that humans do.
Cassandra Walker on 05/07/2019
This ECL Tip spotlights the Enterprise Control Language (ECL) SET and the functions that incorporate SET. ECL SET is a useful tool in query design and processing. One of the most common applications for ECL SET is to simplify code by eliminating multiple “OR” conditions in a filter.
Jessica Lorti on 05/02/2019
Jo Prichard is a senior data scientist at LexisNexis Risk Solutions and a long-time HPCC Systems user. Focusing on big data research and development, Jo helps enterprises target fraud, collusion and other socio-behavioral risk factors.
Roger Dev on 04/09/2019
Text Vectorization allows for the mathematical treatment of textual information. Words, phrases, sentences, and paragraphs can be organized as points in high-dimensional space such that closeness in space implies closeness of meaning. HPCC Systems' new TextVectors module supports vectorization for words, phrases, or sentences in a parallelized, high-performance, and user-friendly package.
Cassandra Walker on 04/03/2019
The Enterprise Control Language (ECL) LOOP function has always been a powerful, yet tough function to understand and use. For this reason, changes were made to the HPCC Systems ECL Language Reference manual. The documentation updates make it easier to understand and effectively use the ECL LOOP function.
Sharon Vanairsdale on 04/01/2019
Imagine a hard hat that can detect, alert, and prevent hazardous industrial work-related incidents through the use of advanced technology. GuardHat CTO, Anupam Sengupta, and his co-founders created just that.
Richard Chapman on 03/18/2019
Although Java was the first language that we created a plugin for (not counting embedded C++ for which didn’t need a plugin), in some ways the support for using Java with ECL has been a bit more limited than for some other languages, particularly Python. However, in the upcoming 7.2 release of the platform, that’s going to change.
Flavio Villanustre on 03/13/2019
Most businesses are now very familiar with technologies like big data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). Executives have poured over case studies and performance statistics to better understand how these technologies can improve their products and services, as well as improve efficiencies and reduce costs associated with their own internal processes and operations.