All about Lymbc, the World’s First Virtual Analyst

Lymbc, the World's First Virtual Analyst
Imagine virtual assistant replacing the most sexiest job of 20th century, of a ‘Data scientist’

This is the age of virtual assistants or digital assistants. Task list like sending mails, scheduling meetings, creating reminders no longer needs human personal assistants. Imagine virtual assistant replacing the most sexiest job of 20th century, of a ‘Data scientist’. Without the help of data scientist enterprises cannot comprehend the bigdata, at the same time every decision maker cannot overnight become a data scientist. The way out would be to get a Virtual Data Scientist. Understanding this business need well ahead, Lymbyc (formerly known as Ma Foi Analytics) have developed a one of a kind  solution – “Lymbyc -World’s First Virtual Analyst“.

Machine learning,  Natural Language Processing  and patent pending querying language MIRA (Machine Intelligence for Research & Analytics) powers Lymbyc ‘ Virtual Data Scientist’. It works like a virtual analyst and support organizations to perform data discovery and generate predictive insights. This platform allow users to perform data summarization, exploratory analysis,  predictive analytics and prescriptive analytics on the fly. A key feature of Lymbyc is that, it has been able to seamlessly integrate text knowledge from different data sources like market research, transactional data and social media.

Lymbyc performs the task given in three steps; Cumulate, Curate and Communicate

World's First Virtual Analyst
Lymbyc performs the task given in three steps; Cumulate, Curate and Communicate : Image

In Cumulate stage all different data sources are integrated and information is extracted, in Curate stage ML and AI systems are applied on data collected to decipher new patterns, insights and forecasts. This is a continuous process and patterns and insights changes dynamically with new data feeds. Finally  in Communicate stage the findings are depicted in the form of dynamic graphs, reports and tables. A user could further drill down these results by adding, modifying or changing the study parameters or can quickly go back and ask the platform a completely different question.

Since this tool is powered by NLP, the user need not be familiar with machine learning or artificial intelligence. One can with free hand type the question in the query box and then relax. Another key feature of this tool is the fast pace at which it generates the results. We are living in the midst of data deluge. Every minute terabytes of data is churned out from media, market research, social media etc. Any enterprise that deals with consumers will have to comprehend data from all these data sources before determining project progress and impact. This when done with  tools currently in market and with best data scientists takes weeks. This same task when done with Lymbyc, gets finished in few hours!!. Its indeed remarkable as it can speed up decision making, improve work efficiency and reduce cost of running the business.

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Clean air is no longer available if you are in India

Air Pollution in Indian cities
Based on data published on the World Air Quality Index website, Faridabad, Lucknow, Muzaffarpur, Agra, Pune and Rohtak too fall in the hazardous range.

It’s not Delhi alone struggling with air pollution.  Based on data published on the World Air Quality Index website, Faridabad, Lucknow, Muzaffarpur, Agra, Pune and Rohtak  too fall in the hazardous range. All these cities have an air quality index of greater than 300. The Air Quality Index is calculated based on PM2.5, PM10, Ozone, NO2, SO2 and CO levels as hourly measurements. This is a continuous monitoring system and values will vary on an hourly basis and in India they collect data from 62 centers. The surprising fact is that out of this 62 centers, Haldia in West Bengal and Saneguruvanahalli in Bangalore alone has good air quality index. Remaining all cities fall within moderate to very unhealthy range.

Indeed scary. You can check data for yourself here.

The Villains in Air

If Urban air pollution is the contribution of combustion of fossil fuels, In rural areas Household air pollution (HAP), is a serious area of concern. The main villains are particulate matter (PM), measured as particles which have an aerodynamic diameter lesser than 10 μm (PM10) and lesser than 2.5 μm (PM2.5), nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide and ozone. It’s not that others are not harmful, mostly these four are measured as in indicator to determine air quality. The WHO guideline values for particulate matter are 20 μg/m3 for PM10, 10 μg/m3 for PM2.5, 40 μg/m3 for NO2 and 20 μg/m3 for SO2.

Air Pollution Facts at quick glance:

  • India has higher air pollution levels than China
  • As per Greenpeace Report, 1.2 million deaths take place every year due to air pollution in India
  • First place goes to Delhi, Faridabad, Lucknow, Muzaffarpur, Agra, Pune and Rohtak

Air Pollutants and Health Impact

Air quality in Indian city
Air quality in Indian city

Nitrogen dioxide

NO2 is increasing at an alarming rate in Indian cities, thanks to increase in number of vehicles. NO2 is extremely detrimental to lungs. Exposure to NO2 over a period of one to three years increases incidence of bronchitis, emphysema and also adversely affects lung performance. Exposure to excessive NO2  affects the defense mechanism too.

Carbon Monoxide

80-90% of absorbed CO binds with Haemglobin and from Carboxyhaemoglobin. The scary fact is affinity with CO binds to Haemglobin is 200-250 times more strongly than that with oxygen. The symptoms of CO poisoning may include headache, dizziness, drowsiness, and nausea. At next stage  vomiting and  loss of consciousness is observed.  If prolonged exposure continues, it may lead to coma or even death.

PM2.5

Though  PM2.5 is too small in size, it can cause an array of health problems, including premature mortality, chronic respiratory disease,  asthma and decrease in lung function. Another critical point is that, it contains large proportion of metals and acids, and also it can penetrate into the respiratory tract deeper because of its size.

Ozone

Exposure to Ozone again can lead to  bronchitis, emphysema and also adversely affects lung performance. The impact of ozone is all the more high on sunny days. Children are at high risk as their lungs are still developing. Also people with reduced intake of  nutrients like vitamins C and E, are at greater risk from ozone exposure.

SO2

SO2 is hygroscopic in nature. SO2 reacts with humidity and forms sulphuric and sulphurous aerosol acid. These acids are extremely hazardous as these compounds enter the circulatory system directly through the airways. SO2 can also irritate the skin and mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs.

Ways to Purify Air at Home

Get your Air Purifier

Market is crowded with Air purifiers. From Philips to Kent, everyone has come to market with new air purifiers. But before you go ahead and buy one for your home, just understand the technology that drives the purifier. One could find four types of air purifiers

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Killer disease on Loose: India grappling with Tuberculosis

Image: Tuberculosis spread across countries recreated using R and Google graphs based on data from Worldhealthexpectancy.com

Even though Tuberculosis is preventable and treatable, it remains the world’s deadliest infectious disease. India has the highest burden of Tuberculosis in the world. In 2015 alone, 2.8 million cases of TB was reported and 480,000 people died from it. India had 130,000 multi-drug resistant TB patients in 2015, the highest in the world. 60 percent of the total number of Tuberculosis cases comes from six countries and India is on top followed by Indonesia, China, Nigeria, Pakistan and South Africa. 40% of India’s population, which accounts to around 50 crore, have Latent Tuberculosis. Latent TB infection means a person have infectious agent present in him, but would not show any evidence of active disease as long as his immunity stays strong!.

In a TED Talk on ‘India’s Tuberculosis crisis’, Zarir F Udwadia, a leading expert on TB and chest physician at the Hinduja Hospital & Research Centre, Mumbai, called it, “Ebola with wings.”….. 

The situation at this moment in India looks grim as number of patients with multi-drug resistant TB and extensively drug-resistant TB is on rise.

The situation at this moment in India looks grim as number of patients with multi-drug resistant TB and extensively drug-resistant TB is on rise. As per latest report almost one in five cases of TB  shows resistance to at least one major anti-TB drug.

What is Tuberculosis ?

Tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis that affects the lungs. It can also spread to other parts of the body, like the brain and spine. Mycobacterium is an airborne pathogen, hence TB can spread through the air from person to person.

There are two forms of the disease:

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Chikungunya ‘bit’ India in 2016: over 58,000 cases across country

Chikungunya is caused by Alphavirus and transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes

Chikangunya continued its menace across states in India from Kashmir to Kanyakumari.  2016, June – September months reported maximum number of cases across India, especially in Delhi and Karnataka.  As per data from National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, as of 31st Dec 2016, across country there have been a total of 58136 cases (actual numbers should be way more) .

Key findings:

  • Karnataka topped the chart with 13,506 cases
  • Delhi recorded a total of 12,221 cases. This definitely is a matter of concern keeping in mind the size of the state

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