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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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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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Ways Big Data Can Improve Nonprofit Performance

Nonprofits have admirable goals and values, and they’re treated accordingly for the purpose of taxes. Although they may not be operating to make a profit, nonprofits still need to be run like any for-profit business in order to be successful and to achieve their altruistic goals. (Text continues after graphic) Rutgers Online Big data has […]

Categories: Big Data, Editorial, Focus Series, Social Issues

Tags: Nonprofits, Social Good

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Artificial Intelligence and Cancer: Have We Found the Cure?

Artificial intelligence, or AI, has become a hot topic in countless industries. Whether it’s using AI to predict consumer habits and grow the economy, teach new languages, or streamline healthcare systems, the potential is endless for how machine learning can be applied to human life. AI can be used in many facets of the healthcare […]

Categories: Big Data, Editorial

Tags: Artificial Intelligence

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APS Panel: Connecting Behavioral Scientists and Tech

The beneficial symbiosis between behavioral scientists and digital technologists came a cropper earlier this year when the Cambridge Analytica scandal highlighted the fraught relationship that can arise when ethical concerns are overlooked or ignored. And yet the explosion of data comping from corporate sources (35 zettabytes are expected by 2010) and the burgeoning numbers of […]

Categories: Big Data, Editorial, SAGE Posts, Video

Tags: Psychology, Technology

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The Data War That Underlies Arguments Over Net Neutrality

In the social and political saga surrounding the question of net neutrality, what is often overlooked is the data war going on behind the scenes. The real fuel behind the debate is the enormous volume of data we generate with each search and click. As a marketable commodity, large-scale audience data has completely transformed the […]

Categories: Big Data, Editorial

Tags: Net Neutrality

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How Do We Head Off the Collateral Damage of Big Data?

In 2015 we wrote two articles addressing some of the problems associated with social data practices in the digital information age. One discussed the need to re-conceive how people as social entities are included, represented, and theorized in big data environments. The second addressed the long developmental history of the “big data” paradigm and how big data has been […]

Categories: Big Data, Editorial

Tags: data ethics

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Private Industry Finds Their Data Troves Can Be Toxic

Google might be in trouble for collecting the personal data of its users, but many companies have a growing incentive to rid their hands of the data that users entrust them with. This is because of growing costs of holding onto it. A major cause is the rising number of cyber attacks where hackers steal […]

Categories: Big Data, Editorial

Tags: Private Industry, User Data

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