Apple Earnings: Chitika Insights and Cidewalk Data Referenced for Both of Company’s Key Products in Q1 2015 Call

  • 29 January 2015

By now, Chitika Insights is no stranger to Apple earnings calls: Among nods from former Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer to Apple CEO Tim Cook, the company has referenced Chitika Insights data numerous times in public-facing announcements. This time, current Apple CFO Luca Maestri cited Chitika Insights data regarding not just one, but both of the company’s key products, the iPhone and the iPad

Why Usage Stats Matter – A Chitika Insights Op-Ed

  • 25 September 2014

As an organization, Chitika has wholeheartedly invested in building out the Chitika Insights research program through staffing, rigorous process management, and a quality data infrastructure. Additionally, our reports rely on our vast trove of ad impression data and our knowledgeable and skilled team of data scientists. It’s this impression-level data and attention to statistical detail that has ultimately led our research to be cited by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Bloomberg, and many others.

Logging Data Part 5: Giving You the Keys

  • 9 September 2014

In our last edition of Logging Data, we introduced Cluster Map Reduce, or CMR. The new tool acts as an alternative to Hadoop and HDFS when paired with a POSIX compliant clustered file system, simplifying the movement of data through the analytical back end, and helping to minimize the dependencies and potential points where the data pull process may slow or stop altogether. Today, we’re proud to provide this tool to the world as a free, Open Source release!

Logging Data Part 4: New Tools for the Trade

  • 26 August 2014

Thus far, our Logging Data series has focused on the nuts and bolts of our network operations and data infrastructure. While we employ some terrific software and hardware, our proverbial secret sauce consists of the various customizations we employ using these tools. No place was this more evident than during the transition from HDFS to Gluster, and the subsequent porting of Hadoop resources. The team here is well versed in working around issues, so after some brainstorming, the solution pretty much morphed into “Let’s just build something internally that fulfills our needs better than Hadoop.” Not an easy task, but one that our Operations and DI teams took on readily

Logging Data Part 1: The Journey of an Impression

  • 14 July 2014

In this “Logging Data” series, we’ll provide some in-depth detail on the intricacies of data collection, infrastructure, and access here at Chitika, hopefully providing some useful lessons for both newcomers and veterans in the field. Our first post will focus on our logs – the baseline of our data collection – and the subsequent processes that coalesce the information they contain into more readily accessible formats for our data scientists.

The Great Wall of Data: Chitika Visualizes 10+ TB with Minecraft

  • 24 June 2014

As Chitika displays hundreds of millions of ads every day, a tremendous amount of data need to be stored to fulfill business requirements. In our case, that figure amounts to roughly 1 to 1.2 TB per day. The Chitika Data Infrastructure and Engineering teams each have several Minecraft aficionados among them, and our recent side project visualizes roughly 10 terabytes of this data as large towers of 8-bit 3D-rendered blocks. We call it, aptly, the Great Wall of Data.

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