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Using Topology to Untangle Big Data

Your brain is made up of billions of neurons connected by trillions of synapses. And how they’re arranged gives rise to the brain’s functionality and to your personality. That’s why scientists in Switzerland recently produced the first-ever digital 3D brain cell atlas, a complete mapping of the brain of a mouse. While this is a […]

Categories: Big Data

Tags: Geometry, The Conversation, Topology

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The #tenyearchallenge and Public Awareness of Data and Algorithms

Facebook, Instagram and other platforms recently set their users a 10 year challenge: post your first ever Facebook photo and another one of you today. Whilst some users were quick to comply, others responded in unexpected ways. Some reactions were funny: Jennifer Aniston in 2009 is Iggy Pop in 2019. Some had a political message: an […]

Categories: Big Data, Data Collection, Research

Tags: Facebook, Public Awareness

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Big Data and Social Research Roundup No. 29

This month’s big data newsletter includes several top-flight free resources for readers, including an article on “The social imaginaries of data activism” drawn from the journal Big Data & Society; a chapter from The SAGE Handbook of Social Media Research Methods that asks, “Big Data – Hype or Revolution?”; and a chapter from another of […]

Categories: Big Data, Quantitative

Tags: Big Data Newsletter, Newsletter

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The Shutdown is Over, But the Data Loss Reverberates

The U.S. government shutdown may be over – for now – but its consequences will linger on. One of those concerns is the dizzying amount of economic data the federal government collects on everything from the state of the economy and investment to the cost of college and the quality of nursing homes. During the […]

Categories: Big Data, Editorial

Tags: Bureau of Economic Analysis, Government Data, Shutown

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Big Data Often Flips Scientific Method on Its Head. That’s Bad

There’s an increasing concern among scholars that, in many areas of science, famous published results tend to be impossible to reproduce. This crisis can be severe. For example, in 2011, Bayer HealthCare reviewed 67 in-house projects and found that they could replicate less than 25 percent. Furthermore, over two-thirds of the projects had major inconsistencies. […]

Categories: Big Data, Editorial

Tags: Data Analysis, Reproducibility Crisis, Reproducible Data

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Computation and Context Are Not a Zero-Sum Game

I recently got jazzed about two findings coming out of the world of computational social science, primarily because they hit so close to my home (hello, junior faculty feeling the pressure to produce): Dashun Wang looked at the career trajectories of 30,000 artists across multiple types of field: art, film, and science. He found that […]

Categories: Big Data, Editorial, Mixed

Tags: CHC, Computational Grounded Theory, Context

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Big Data and Social Research Roundup No. 28

Two must-read blog posts and a report on the latest SAGE Ocean speaker series event are key draws in the latest big data newsletter, viewable below. The blog posts include “The Computation/Context Trade-Off?” by Laura K. Nelson, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Northeastern University, and “Learning data science from a […]

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Tags: Big Data Newsletter, Newsletter

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Data in the News: CDC Recommends Injectable Flu Shots

As another flu season crosses the U.S., the question on many parents’ minds is one as old as time: to vaccinate my child or not? Young children and the elderly are particularly susceptible to influenza and the flu. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, reported a record of 180 pediatric flu […]

Categories: Big Data

Tags: CDC, Epidemiology, Flu, Tips With Diana

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Big Data and Social Research Roundup No. 27

This month’s Big Data Newsletter from SAGE Publishing unlocks three pieces of free content, including a Spotify playlist created by Dave Beer to accompany his book, The Data Gaze. Other benefits of receiving the newsletter include a free lesson focused on intermediate skills in the Python language, and a free chapter on “Big Social Science: […]

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Tags: Big Data Newsletter, Newsletter

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Why Teach Ethnography to Managers (in Big Data Era)?

In management circles and beyond, companies are rushing to integrate, adapt and exploit big data in their organisations. Moreover, they are willing to recruit nearly anyone with a mention of “big data” or “artificial intelligence” in their resumes. There are nonstop consultant talks and crowded workshops on big data, and academic journals are rushing out […]

Categories: Big Data, Editorial, Qualitative

Tags: Ethnography, Management

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