Section 001, Instructor: Laurel Miller

Weekly Question #5: Complete by October 12

Leave your response as a comment on this post by the beginning of class on October 12. Remember, it only needs to be three or four sentences. For these weekly questions, I’m mainly interested in your opinions, not so much particular “facts” from the class!

Here is the question:

Just like you did about a month ago, find another online article dated within last two weeks from a credible source that has something to do with data and is interesting and relevant to you. Copy and paste the URL directly into your response followed by a few sentences that explain what is interesting about it.

35 Responses to Weekly Question #5: Complete by October 12

  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/manchester-soars-london-records-real-house-price-falls/

    This article is about a day in the life of a London uber driver. Recently, London has placed a ban on uber partly because of their failure to report sexual assaults to the police. The article provides maps and graphs that show the route of an uber driver post-ban. It also shows how the ban has affected this uber driver’s usual income. I am studying abroad in London next year, so I find it interesting that uber might not be the best transportation option for me to use. I will have to look into London’s public transportation system and alternate transportation options if need be.

  • http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-opens-up-testing-of-azure-data-box-its-amazon-snowball-rival/
    This article is highlighting Microsoft’s direct competitor to Amazon’s snowball, the Azure Data Box. The Azure Data box is a 45 pound tamper resistant and manageable data source which safely and more efficiently move data to Azure. With Amazon already having a product, and Google coming out with a similar product, Microsoft wanted to truly penetrate the market until their were too many competitors to be successful in the market. The best thing about this device is that it provides more efficient data transfer, while providing more transparency throughout the company, increasing efficiency.

  • https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/complete-history-of-mlb/
    This data is called “The Complete History of the MLB.” It allows you to explore any MLB team, look at team stats, compare them to others, etc. from the time baseball began to now. I found this data to be very interesting because I am a huge sports fan and because the amount of information and data that had to be collected to form this is super impressive.

  • This article discusses the megabreach that Fmr. Equifax faced on July 31 in which the personal information of over 100 million people was comprised. Both an individual and a computer system were to blame for the breach because both failed to notify management of a vulnerability in a system. The data that was stolen during this breach includes personal information such as: names, contact information, information about disputes, most likely account numbers, credit card numbers, and other things. However, no minors or small businesses were affected. I love these kind of articles because I coded in high school; it was a hobby of mine. Anything to do with computer science, coding, or cyber security therefore interests me.

    http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2017/10/04/fmr-equifax-ceo-in-hot-seat-5-things-to-know.html

  • http://www.marketwatch.com/story/equifax-auditors-are-on-the-hook-for-data-security-risk-controls-2017-10-02

    This article discusses the recent hack of the personal information of 143 million user of Equifax. The hack has already caused for the resignations of three high-level employees. The most intriguing part of the article is that the Equifax auditor has avoided scrutiny even though he is a large part of the breach. The part of this article that is relevant to me is that as of right now I am still deciding a major. One of the majors I am very interested with is risk management, and an auditor is bred from the risk management field.

  • http://www.safer-america.com/firearmsandfraps/
    This article shows an interactive comparison between licensed gun dealers and Starbucks in each city in the US. This data is compiled about a year or two ago and is showing licensed gun dealer to a chain store that most Americans are familiar with, Starbucks. I was surprised to vview and find out at the chart comparison myself, as there are more licensed fire arms dealers as oppose to one of the biggest coffee chain. This article piqued my interest as I am a heavy coffee drinker myself, consuming around 4 cups of coffee a day to sustain my day and also the recent tragedy in Las Vegas that sparks people ideas in gun controls and gun laws.

  • https://www.forbes.com/sites/hayleycuccinello/2017/10/05/the-worlds-highest-paid-radio-hosts-2017/#26cbd5b51fbc
    Forbes recently announced the list of the world’s highest-paid radio hosts. I did not realize the many factors that go into how they make so much money. For example, Howard Stern has a contract with SiriusXM, but Ryan Seacrest hosts a variety of TV and radio shows. Many radio hosts also saw a significant spike or drop in their ratings post-election. By taking a stance on certain political platforms, the hosts can really hep or hurt themselves. I found this interesting because I am a fan of radio and podcasts, but had no idea how much money these people really earn.

  • https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/clinton-trump-hip-hop-lyrics/
    This article from FiveThirtyEight discusses the changing attitude towards President Trump’s name being used in rap songs, supported by numerous infographics. The authors obtained data from the lyrics website, Genius, to analyze the trend of the 2016 presidential candidates names being dropped in rap songs, and whether the mentions were positive, negative, or neutral. The graphs show that although Trump’s name has increased in being mentioned since the election, the context of the lyrics are negative, rather than positive. I found this very interesting, because it shows how media can reflect the views of a group of people, without being explicitly political.

  • This past week almost 1,200 football players personal data was exposed. The exposed data included players addresses, mobile phone numbers, email addresses, date of births, and agent fees. This information was made available for any hacker that knew how to work the website sources said. The lack of cybersecurity a website like the NFLPA has, is pretty embarrassing. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, one of the athletes exposed, had nothing to say about the situation. It is extremely concerning how available this information can be viewed by people who know the “correct link.”

  • This is article is interesting to me because it talks about how to use past data to predicted the future. This has always been something I have been interested in being that it means so much to a business. Furthermore, I see predictive analytics as the future of companies and the way they compete.
    http://www.dataversity.net/fundamentals-predictive-analytics/

  • http://newsok.com/how-hollister-came-back-from-the-dead/article/5564648

    Between the years the 2012 and 2016, sales for the once popular teenage retail store, Hollister, saw a major decline in their sales as foot traffic in malls decreased and their beach presentation was just not enough. Using various business techniques such as lower pricing of popular items such as jeans, increasing interaction between the employee and the customer, marketing, and renovating their stores, helped Hollister’s sales increase within the past year. I found this article to be interesting to me because I’ve been working with the company for several of years and I also shopped there as a teen, so I have witnessed how the brand has changed and evolved in real time over the years.

  • https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/what-the-world-thinks-of-trump/

    Reading this article reminds me of one of Obama’s speeches back in 2016, regarding Donald Trump as the next US President. Obama states that Trump do not have the ability and the skills to govern a nation. Reading this article, it shows that other countries view US and Donald Trump with disapproving look. Ever since President Trump took office the favorability towards US have gone down tremendously.

  • http://www.law.com/sites/almstaff/2017/10/05/why-law-these-students-show-you-benefits-of-a-jd/?slreturn=20170909173841
    i found this article very interested since I plan on going to law school and becoming a prosecutor in the future. Sometimes I have my doubts considering the fact I will be going to school for years and that I will be in debt with school loans for a long time. So, once I came upon this article, I realized that it will definitely be worth the wait and money. Law School Admission Test rose 20 percent in June and about 12 percent in September. A survey was taken to see what their reasoning was to wanting to become a lawyer, and numerous of people were motivated to make better changes in our society. Soon, I will also be making better changes to our society and helping victims who need support and someone to fight for them in near future.

  • https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffkauflin/2017/09/15/the-most-meaningful-college-majors-2017/#684178985b67
    This article talks about some of the most meaningful majors to chose from in college. I enjoyed this article because I have just recently changed my major and it is hard doing so when you don’t really know what you want to do or if you’re going to get a good job when you graduate. This article maps out some of the popular and most meaningful majors and gives you an insight into what some options are.

  • https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-last-time-the-chiefs-were-this-good-they-won-a-super-bowl/

    This article discusses data regarding the Kansas City Chiefs recent success. In it, they review their use of the “Elo” metric which judges a team’s strength at any moment. It goes further by stating that the current Chiefs team has the highest Elo rating over any other Chiefs team in the last 48 years. It’s worth noting that the last time the Chiefs had an Elo rating this high, they won the Super Bowl. It will be interesting to continue monitoring this metric as the season progresses and use it to help predict if the Chiefs will win the next Super Bowl.

  • https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-worst-loss-in-the-history-of-u-s-mens-soccer/

    This article discusses just how heartbreaking the loss of the U.S men’s soccer team is. I always enjoy watching that team play, even when there isn’t a world cup just around the corner. This article breaks down the stats of some of the teams worst losses in history, and this one really ranks up there. It actually is considered their worst loss in qualifying game history. It also breaks down the probability of this team winning the qualifying game, and also surveyed a ton of people on whether they believed the U.S would win this game. The results are incredible.

  • I found an article on the New York Times’ website discussing the best value schools, which linked to the Department of Education’s blog and a full breakdown of the dataset. This data and information is important for me because sometime in the near future I will begin to apply to graduate programs. I obviously do not want to have to pay an arm and a leg and want the greatest return on my investment. Hopefully this research will pay off for my future.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/07/education/the-feds-best-value-schools.html
    https://blog.ed.gov/2015/09/schools-with-low-costs-and-high-incomes/

  • https://www.databreachtoday.com/following-disqus-breach-expert-discloses-more-old-breaches-a-10366
    The article talks about an old breach from a website called “Disqus” which is a worldwide blog comment hosting service for web sites and online communities. The breach happen in 2012 and whoever breached the data got information on 17.5 million users that goes all the way back to 2007. Disqus took care of this by resetting passwords for all users. This breach makes me think about how many other breaches companies did not find yet and will surface later. It makes me more worried about putting my information online since companies do not find all the breaches.

  • http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/05/technology/facebook-data-center-virginia/index.html
    This article is about how Facebook is setting up a data center in Henrico County, near Richmond, Virginia. Facebook wants to invest money in the state and while creating over 100 new jobs. I found this interesting because I’m from Virginia and I like to see that even big companies like Facebook want to focus some of their time there. And by doing this Virginia will be advancing in more complex technology and will help expand useful data all over the state.

  • https://www.reuters.com/article/us-spain-politics-catalonia-puigdemont/catalonia-will-apply-referendum-law-calling-for-independence-declaration-leader-idUSKBN1CD0TS
    I find this article interesting because it deals with the on-going Catalan referendum in Spain. Although data is mentioned briefly, the article says that the Catalan government claims 90% of Catalans voted in favor of independence from Spain. Madrid discovered, however, that the voter turnout was only 43% of the population. This situation gives insight on how political leaders warp data in their favor, a phenomenon, I have noticed, that has been increasingly present in recent years.

  • http://news.gold-eagle.com/article/gold-prices-week-and-next-weeks-forecast/784
    I found this article and the data within it to be very useful and applicable to real life. The charts within the article are very informative and show patterns that occur within the market for gold. Additionally, it shows how the price fluctuations in gold reflect the overall feelings and emotions of investors in the markets. Also, the prices can reflect world affairs and overall confidence.

  • https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/what-does-a-typical-sexual-harasser-look-like-we-dont-know/

    This article is about how we can’t really identify what a sexual harasser would look like due to lack of data on sexual harassment. As most may know, most sexual harassment cases do not get reported. Amy Blackstone, a professor of sociology stated, “We’re limited in the data and information that’s available about perpetrators. That makes it more difficult to name and explain patterns of sexual harassment, because we’re missing information about who instigates this behavior and why”. I found this article interesting and sad because we should all be aware of this issue but instead we are completely unsure because cases unreported (or missing data).

  • http://autoweek.com/article/car-news/japans-top-steel-producer-falsified-strength-data-sparking-fears-among-automakers

    This is a article i found relating to falsifying data to make them appearing to the public. I am a car enthusiast and this article relates to me in certain ways. When i read this article it reminded me of Volvo when they announced that their cars had the best steel and they could withstand the hardest crashes but when a test was done it was showed that they also used false data. I liked this article because the company that falsified data is Kobe Steel which is a Japanese steel company. The steel is used on many Japanese cars such as Honda, Toyota and Subaru cars. I have a Honda and i don’t like when companies cut corners for profit because the consumers lives are in risk. Since they have been caught Kobe Steel might recall the steel and loose $133 million.

  • https://www.recode.net/2017/10/10/16450562/snapchat-location-advertisers

    I found this article to be pretty interesting and creepy at the same time. It speaks about a new snapchat update that takes users location filters and allows their followers to actually look up the venue that their visiting. It encompasses the map feature that is included on most mobile devices, OpenTable, Lyft, and Uber. The feature is pretty cool being that you can find a venue and a ride to it in just a matter of minutes, however, the fact that snapchat now has the data to pinpoint your location and give all of your users access to it at the press of a button is a little strange.

  • http://www.dataversity.net/chief-data-officer-challenge-build-data-strategy/
    This article was interesting because it says that nearly a quarter of companies world wide are hiring CDO’s, chief data officers. These people are hired specifically to make sure the data they are producing is reliable and accurate. It talks about how these people strategize what the best course of action to present the data is. I feel that this article really shows how technologically advanced we are becoming and how important data really is.

  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-41590614

    This article is about a hack involving Australia’s Jets and Navy. About 30GB of data was compromised in the hack including information on things such as new vessels and fighter planes. Luckily according to Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne it is not a threat to national security. I find it interesting that such highly important and classified information is still managing to be hacked into and leaked out into the public after so many instances have already occurred. It will be interesting to see how Australia and the rest of the world moves forward after this.

  • https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/each-nl-playoff-teams-biggest-strength-and-weakness/
    This article discusses the National League teams in the MLB playoffs, and compares each team’s strengths and weaknesses. More specifically it compares their batting vs. fielding, and starting pitchers vs. relief pitchers. It uses a statistic known as WAR (wins above replacement) to rate an individual player, and in turn, a specific team’s overall “rating.” This lead the article to compare the teams to each other, and predict a World Series winner.

  • https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/oct/11/personal-details-of-almost-700000-britons-hacked-in-cyber-attack

    This article is about the Equifax hack. It states that UK customers’ info was reached in far greater numbers than previously thought. Nearly 700,000 users were/ are affected. The reason why this article is so interesting, is because of the vast amount of data that has been put in peril as a result of the hacks. 143 million social security numbers were casualties of the breach, as well as other data associated with individuals. On top of this, far more brits are now at risk as well.

  • https://www.wsj.com/articles/six-reasons-why-china-matters-1507742854

    Title: six reasons why china matters
    This article provides 6 reasons why China is important in global economy and it explains each reason using adequate data. First, it shows the graph showing nonfinancial debt at a percentage of GDP and second it shows bar graph about the price of imports from China. For the last data, it shows a bar graph about the number of private vehicles in China.

    This data is important to me because I’m so interested in Chinese market. This is the reason why I’m learning Chinese and participating a lot of activities related to China. I was sure about the fact that China will provide me a lot of opportunities as a business professional and this article provides me enough clues.

  • https://www.databreachtoday.com/how-significant-was-breach-6000-indian-enterprises-a-10367

    This article focuses on the 6000 breaches in Indian Enterprises. While thousands of Enterprises information was discovered and sold, they are downplaying the incident and people are asking for answers. one enterprise IRINN down plays the breach mentioning it will do no significant damage because the information stolen had no importance. whereas another enterprise NIXI says they have strengthened there protocol to keep data safe to prevent more breaches in the near future.

  • https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/how-do-americans-feel-about-the-nfl-protests-it-depends-on-how-you-ask/
    This article discusses the importance of considering how a data set is collected before drawing any sort of conclusions. Evidently when asked about the appropriateness of NFL protests the majority seem to be in favor, however spin the question as if they are “right” or “wrong” and suddenly the group becomes much more split down the middle. It is important to consider the possible biases that can occur from either the place data is source and if your questions are leading at all. The best type of questions for collecting data are often the most objective, although it can be hard to determine what an objective way of asking the question would be for most of America.

  • http://www.dataversity.net/reviving-data-centric-areas-houston-florida/
    This article discusses about “Reviving the Data-Centric Areas of Houston and Florida”. With all of the hurricanes occurring in Houston and Florida, we are focused on rebuilding houses and businesses. However, what about data centers in affected areas, such as the Johnson Space Center? Across the “Space Coast”, there is a huge opportunity to upgrade data centers that have been effective, making them first class. By improving these data centers, it will allow for the advancement of our understanding of different forms of data, advancing us as a nation and a civilization.

  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/number-homebuyers-aged-18-35-drops-21pc-millennials-continue/
    This article goes into how younger homebuyers (18-35) are being seeing at a significantly lower rate than those over the ages of 60. This is believed to be due to the inflation of the housing market, causing a lot of young people to be unable to afford these houses in London and only letting those older and more affluent able to purchase homes in the London area. It was said that Mom and Dad still are helping to fund around 26 percent of all deposits for mortgages being paid by younger millennials. If the market begins to stabilize, the outcome will allow younger generations to begin buying real estate in the London area at a much lower cost.

  • https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-last-time-the-chiefs-were-this-good-they-won-a-super-bowl/
    This article is all about data from the current NFL season. The data is specifically coming from the Kansas City Chiefs who are having a great start of the season. The article goes into detail About Quarterback Alex Smith, It gives his quarterback ranting, number of interceptions and many other stats compared to other great quarterbacks having historically great seasons.

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