Category Archives: Research

Data Everywhere: Lessons from Big Data in the TV Industry

During the past several years, the television industry has changed dramatically, spurred by device proliferation, changing distribution methods, and the increasing popularity of social media. Today, TV is everywhere. It’s on your phone, your tablet, your gaming console and someday will be … Continue reading

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Facebook’s “Emotional Contagion” Experiment: Was it Ethical?

Update, June 29: Co-author Adam D. I. Kramer posts a response here. By now, you’ve probably heard that data scientists at Facebook recently published a study in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Science revealing that, in their words, “emotional states can … Continue reading

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Social Data for Social Good: Five Lessons from Academia

In business, we spend a lot of time trying to understand social data and other forms of big data for strategic advantage: to make business decisions, increase revenue, reduce costs, improve relationships with customers and spur innovation. But what about … Continue reading

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2014: The Year of Data Disruption

Linguist Geoff Nunberg’s annual “Word of the Year” posts offer an instructive peek into the American psyche. In 2012, he chose “Big Data”. In 2013, his pick was (no, not “twerk”) “selfie.” Nunberg makes his selections based on dominant news stories, … Continue reading

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From Shopping Carts to Poisoned Names, Every Data Point Tells a Story

Every so often, I’d like to profile someone who’s doing interesting things with data. Meet Hilary Parker of Etsy (yes, that’s her in the photo). While at Strata & Hadoop World last week, I had the chance to attend Ignite, a … Continue reading

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Build Credibility by Prioritizing Your Social Data

One of the most frequent challenges of analytics teams, particularly those who handle social data, is the ad-hoc nature of report requests. When a manager or colleague needs a report (a) in the next hour  (b) by the end of … Continue reading

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