Big Data

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An applicant holds his resume at a hiring fair for job seekers | Reuters/Gary Cameron
April 11, 2017
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Can Job Referrals Improve Employee Diversity?

New research looks at how referrals impact promotions of minorities and women.

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A woman stands in a fleld of dots |  Reuters/David Gray
March 28, 2017
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The Risk of an Unwavering Vision

A new study concludes that successful tech firms are often “discovered and not planned.”

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A complex machine with "cause" and "effect" signs | Illustration by Raymond Biesinger
March 10, 2017
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Fixing Big Data’s Blind Spot

Susan Athey wants to help machine-learning applications look beyond correlation and into root causes.

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Doctors and medical staff at surgery. | Reuters/Michael Buholzer
March 13, 2017
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Is It Ever OK to Sell (or Buy) a Kidney?

Research seeks ways to reduce wait times and increase matches for kidney transplants.

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Baidu's robot Xiaodu | Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon
March 11, 2017
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Andrew Ng: Why AI Is the New Electricity

A computer scientist discusses artificial intelligence’s promise, hype, and biggest obstacles.
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Latest Stories on Big Data

October 11, 2016
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A Chinese Entrepreneur Builds a Bridge to the U.S. Through Language

How a speech-recognition app is using big data and AI to foster a bilingual culture.
September 28, 2016
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Beware the Little-Known “Spillover” Effect of Online Ads

Companies that advertise hoping to boost sales may unknowingly help their competitors.
September 19, 2016
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The Power of Realistic Expectations

Research shows a way to close a key achievement gap.
August 22, 2016
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For Wikipedia’s Army of Volunteer Editors, Content Begets Content

A new study quantifies the “cumulative growth effect” in online content production platforms.
August 19, 2016
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The Data Dilemma

Using big data to tailor ads can backfire with customers.
April 28, 2016
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In Searches, Those Paid Ads Pay Off

One study shows how native ads attract more business.
April 4, 2016
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A Big Data Approach to Public Speaking

Key takeaways from analyzing 100,000 presentations.
March 18, 2016
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How to Fix Overcrowded Jails

Solving the problem means putting convicted felons on the street. A scholar explains why that’s the right move.
March 8, 2016
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Nonprofits Are Not Immune From Data Breach Risks

Digital tools bring privacy challenges to social enterprises.
March 7, 2016
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How Hospitals Avoid Penalties for Making Patients Sick

Lax reporting requirements make it easier to change records.