Analytics to the next step: Augmented analytics By Aditya Abeysinghe The traditional process of data analysis includes obtaining data from a raw source and then preprocessing and then analyzing it to make business decisions. However, this process includes data scientists and data analysts handling data of organizations. Many small and medium enterprises which have lesser capital to invest in these two ends lack the talent to profit from analysis and analytics on data. Augmented analytics is a new method used to analyze data using AI (Artificial Intelligence) and report on results found. What augmented analysis means for users For example, consider an organization that has to decide on reaching a new target market. It may consider what customers, who purchase from competitors are considering when purchasing products; it may consider the sales or profits of competitors or it may consider the factors that drive success in the target market, the ...

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    “A COMEDY IN WORDS” – By Des Kelly   As I have always said, English is an International language. Naturally, “words” are a large part it, words that are very serious, however, words that can also be translated, giving us some totally unrelated comedic impressions that could possibly cause a chuckle or two, just for a change.  Although we do not know the name of the actual Author of “A comedy in words”, being sent to me via Ralph Baker and Keith Bennett (thank you, Ralph and Keith), I found this post very interesting, because, as our many readers will notice, ONE LETTER either added or subtracted from an official English word could go on to be a huge difference, and a funny one, at that.   Desmond Kelly.  (Editor-in-Chief)  e’Lanka.  FUN WITH WORDS The Washington Post’s Mensa Invitational once again invited readers to take any word from ...

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Global recognition for local artiste!   Source:Island Everyone seems to be humming, and even singing aloud, a particular song. And it certainly has brought the singer concerned success that even the big names, in the local showbiz scene, have not been able to achieve. The song that is on everybody’s lips, these days, is ‘Manike Mage Hithe’ and the singer responsible for making it a global sensation is Yohani de Silva. The song was created in 2020 but it’s Yohani’s version that has got international recognition. Her presentation, that infectious smile, and the way she delivers it, has made the song awesome. Of course, the rhythmic melody, and beat, have all contributed to making ‘Manike Mage Hithe’ the talk-of-the-town, and Yohani – an absolute singing sensation. The original version of ‘Manike Mage Hithe,’ was done by Satheeshan and Dulan ARK, before Yohani came into the scene and combined her talents with Satheeshan to make the song ...

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Jogging track projects and hidden features-By Engr. Mahinda Panapitiya   Source:Island M.S, Department of Agriculture & Biological Engineering, Utah State University, Utah, USA, B.Sc (Civil Engineering), University of Peradeniya, A technical paper on the Gampaha Jogging Track, published in 2012 in an Annual Session hold by the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka had won the first prize in a competition on water-related interventions of its members. This is an Interview held by Udula Oushdahami, a Former Chairman of ICTAD, with the author Engr. Mahinda Panapitiya, about the background behind the paper. Q: Jogging Track Projects in Gampaha District is becoming very popular. The paper you had presented to the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL) had been selected as the best out of other publications related to the water sector. What is the difference between this project and other conventional engineering projects? A: In this project, a jogging track is ...

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Oshini reaches Under 10 World Cup finals   Source:Island FIDE Online Youth Chess Cup 2021 Nine-year-old Oshini Devindya Gunawardena, a student of Ferguson High School, Ratnapura reached the finals of the FIDE Online Youth Chess World Cup after a nail biting finish at her tie breaking Armageddon game. Oshini played very strong chess in her first game of the semi-finals with Russian Diana and won the game convincingly by sacrificing her queen to get the check-mate. Starting the game with two knights defense she sacrificed a pawn at the opening for center play but white managed to settle the position with an extra pawn after exchanging three minor pieces. But, strong Oshini found the mate with a Rook and a Bishop by sacrificing the Queen in time troubled situation with her Russian opponent. In the 2nd game which was played in the Ruylopez opening she missed a move in the ...

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Hands and feet off Parakrama Samudraya-by LAKSIRI WARNAKULA Source:Island I was shocked when I saw the pictures the other day. How could they come up with such an idea? And it is an act of sacrilege, too, causing harm to an object that should be protected, and even venerated, to my mind. It is a majestic symbol showing our ancient heritage of irrigation engineering and the wisdom of our kings. And its bund is not for breaking and bulldozing to suit the whims and fancies of some, who see concrete and walkways as signs of development, carried out even at the expense of our proud heritage. It, in any circumstances, shouldn’t be on the ‘bucket list’ of short-sighted, self-promoting bigwigs, chosen for destruction in the guise of development. Polonnaruwa means two things to us: marvels of architecture and irrigation engineering of yore and then, the paddy and the farmer. Now, ...

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  “NIKITA” – By Des Kelly   Englishman, Sir Elton John has never been a favourite entertainer of mine. His antics, facial fantasies, false eye-glasses, silly hats, etcetera were a “spectacle” not really needed, as the man had an innate understanding of what music was all about, played a good piano, and even wrote some good songs, one of which was then dedicated to the Peoples’ Princess Diana, after her tragic untimely death. Incidentally, this particular song was copied by him, from his former vocal dedication to beautiful Marilyn Monroe. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll then placed her sword on his shoulder thereby giving him the title Sir Elton John, and, to give credit where credit is due, I have decided that this particular song, Nikita is, by far, the best one performed by young Elton, long tresses and all. The video is excellent, and I am sure that all ...

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