Big Data

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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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Two toucans resting together | Reuters/Jason Lee
January 17, 2017
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Turns Out That Opposites Don’t Attract After All

A study of “digital footprints” suggests that you’re probably drawn to personalities a lot like yours.

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A group of people talking | iStock/XiXinXing
January 18, 2017
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This Demographic is Creating Companies Faster Than Any Other

A new report surveys Latino entrepreneurs.

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Man with surprised look on his face | Reuters/Lucas Jackson
January 23, 2017
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Is Tech Disruption Good for the Economy?

An analysis of 85 years’ worth of patents shows that technological innovation boosts total wealth.

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A girl uses her phone. | Reuters/Damir Sagolj
October 26, 2016
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The Latest Advice for Post-Disaster Therapy: Have Fun

Researchers use phone records to measure the “hedonic behavior” of earthquake victims.
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Latest Stories on Big Data

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.
February 25, 2016
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How Work Stress Hits Minorities and Less Educated Workers the Hardest

Researchers analyze workplace health to find inequalities.
December 9, 2015
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Seven Lessons on Investing in China’s Tech Sector

Big data and e-commerce in China provide opportunities for foreign investors.