Section 003, Instructor: Shana Pote

Weekly Question #5: Complete by February 24, 2016

Leave your response as a comment on this post by the beginning of class on February 24, 2016. 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.

59 Responses to Weekly Question #5: Complete by February 24, 2016

  • Profile photo of Ashley Charlton

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/27/upshot/is-college-worth-it-clearly-new-data-say.html?_r=0

    This data is interesting because we are all college students right now. Basically everyone that goes to college is trying to get a degree so they can get a job once they graduate. With all the money that goes into that degree, a lot of students are starting to wonder if it’s even worth it. This data proves that it’s worth it considering the fact that people with a four-year degree made 98% more money than people without one in 2013. This article also states that it was calculated, roughly, that college actually costs negative $500,000 in the long-run, not going to college according to the data collected would cost someone about $500,000.

  • Profile photo of Akshat A Shah

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/bosses-harness-big-data-to-predict-which-workers-might-get-sick-1455664940

    These days companies are trying to help employees and keep them in good shape. This article is talking about how companies are gathering data from various wellness firms and insurers. They are using that data to see how many people get sick and get prescribed medications. For example, in the article it says that Wal-Mart is gathering data to see how many people are about to get diabetes. That way they can help treat their employees and prevent them from getting sick. The data they are gathering is kept confidential. They are gathering the data to help their employees and keep them safe.

  • Profile photo of Kashif Hasan Malik

    http://fortune.com/2016/02/17/castlight-pregnancy-data/

    This article is interesting because companies and employers can now use data to predict if someone is pregnant before she is ready to disclose that information. They are able to do this by accessing worker’s medical claims, pharmacy claims, and search queries to figure out if a person is pregnant. It just shows that data is in our everyday life and its kind of impossible to hide from it because there are so many different way to access it. It also showed me that employers might know more about me then what I imagine and that can change my thought process or attitude while I am working.

  • Profile photo of Elena K Cipparone

    http://www.theactuary.com/news/2016/02/life-expectancy-for-pensioners-highest-ever/

    As an actuary, we use prior data to “predict” future outcomes. As I prepare to enter the insurance industry specific to retirement, it is interesting to see how prior data is used to predict that future lifetimes are increasing. This is important to me because as future lifetimes increase, future pension payouts will be greater. Therefore, this data is very important in considering how much money needs to be reserved for retirement, both for others and for myself.

  • Profile photo of Colin Kelly

    http://www.cnbc.com/2016/02/19/us-consumer-price-index-jan-2016.html
    As a business major, this article in particular interested me as it’s about our economy in general. This article mentions that how in January of this year, many costs for things such as rent and medical necessities are beginning to rise. The U.S. Consumer Price Index has risen the most that it has since August 2011, so four and a half years. While gasoline prices have managed to fall, medical costs such as prescription drugs, doctor visits, and hospital costs have all slowly risen. It’s interesting to see this information because the rise of prices is also being used in order to predict whether or not the Federal Government will raise interest rates later this year too.

  • http://www.cbsnews.com/news/apple-and-the-fbi-split-on-creating-a-backdoor-to-access-phone-data/

    This article deals with the major issue going on between Apple and the FBI. The FBI wants Apple to create a “backdoor” making open data for investigators interested in hacking into the iPhone of one of the terrorists from the San Bernardino shootings. Apple is against this action as the company feels it could lead to an invasion of the security of other users’ devices in the future. This article is interesting as it addresses an argument against open data, which we recently learned about.

  • http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-big-data-app-that-predicts-employees-health/
    This article talked about a new app called Castlight Health that gathers medical data from employees and then “nudges” them with suggestions on how to improve their heath. These can include doctor suggestions, health risks, etc. Their employers can then use the general tallies to determine things like health insurance costs. It has definitely raised ethical concerns because many people feel this is an invasion of privacy on the part of the employer. I feel like it is a person’s own responsibility to keep up with their heath, and just because an app from an employer is offering health suggestions doesn’t mean a person is actually going to follow through. If someone wants to improve their health they will do so with or without an app.

  • Profile photo of Jose X Villanueva

    http://blogs.plos.org/speakingofmedicine/2016/02/10/zika-emergency-puts-open-data-policies-to-the-test/

    I have always been interested in Public Health and even considered it for one of my majors. I found this article interesting because it explains how the spread of the Zika virus could be stopped with the help of Open Data. It explains how the World Health Organizations is calling for Health journals to share the information that they have collected concerning the virus. They take it further that they should share information concerning any public health emergency. The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors has made available all data they have over the virus and they urge other journals to do the same.

  • Profile photo of Alice Nguyen

    http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/education/article61424987.html

    This article is interesting because it shows how much of a gray area data privacy is. Cyberlaw is a fairly recent area of the law, and it shows. This is why data is such a controversy every time it is brought to court – nobody knows what to do about it. Yet the consequences are huge; just in this case, private school records of 10 million students up to 25 years old could be released. If such data were to be leaked, collateral damage would reach millions of dollars. There has been harassment and petitions thrown around and not nearly enough security to assure people that the data would actually be safe. After all, if a Twitter hacker could steal 20,000 employee records from FBI earlier this month, no data is going to actually be safe. The age of data is moving entirely too fast, and everyone else is struggling to catch up with the times through trial and error – and judging from this article, that is a whole lot of errors we have coming.

  • http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/oscar-data-model-predictions-2015/

    This is what makes learning fun in my opinion. Spring break is coming up and I am looking forward to being home and watching the Oscars on Sunday night with my parents. This article breaks down the data of everything relevant to the possible outcomes of the Oscars. There are models of tweets, earlier awards this season, reviews, and more. Data is used in many important ways but this article made learning about it more interesting for me because it is on a topic that I enjoy learning about.

  • http://f1destinations.com/2016-f1-ticket-prices-analysis/

    I found this article interesting because it is dealing with Formula One racing and the price of tickets depending on your location. I thought it was a good read because I like racing and this data is relevant to me. While reading I found that countries in Latin America tend to have the highest prices while other countries like Malaysia and Australia tend to have the lowest prices. This website had several interesting graphs that showed multiple countries and their respective prices for events throughout the Grand Prix.

  • http://www.smartdatacollective.com/rick-delgado/372073/what-does-big-data-job-industry-look-2016
    This article was interesting to me because it mentions the many data jobs that will be needed in 2016. I never thought that data was a career. I thought it was a task of an already existing occupation. Another thing that struck me was the mentioning of computer programming software such as Java and Python. I actually tried to learn Python coding, but it really is a foreign language. I never thought of them to be data, but now that I think about it coding is data that uses an API to process it into what we see on the web and in applications. Since its such a precise and difficult field the average median is $124,000. That figure is very attractive, but I feel like if I had to work with data every day I would soon start to hate my job. I do love analyzing data but as far as organizing it I will leave that for others to deal with.

  • http://www.vegetariantimes.com/article/vegetarianism-in-america/

    Vegetarianism is on the rise in America. 3.2% of adults or 7.3 million people follow a vegetarian based diet according to vegetarian times.com. Also, of the non vegetarians surveyed 5.2% are definitely interested in becoming vegetarian. I think vegetarianism is a very proactive and conscious decision an individual can make in order to promote lifestyle control and a deeply pleasant connection to animals and all living things. I think it is crucial to convert those 5.2% that are interested because vegetarianism will become more important as the population rises and animal food production and the various pollutions associated with the industry rise as well. Veggies will be helping the planet a lot as the future becomes a more crowded and polluted place. Also vegetarianism is a mindful reminder during every meal.

  • Profile photo of Joshua J Affainie

    http://www.businessinsider.com/after-stock-crash-tableau-cfo-digs-in-2016-2

    Business Insider emphasized on how tableau stock dropped 50% in a single day.They have a $2.2 billion loss in market capitalization. It was beating its 4th quarter expectations. The massive loss seems to stem from earnings expectations for the year ahead.

  • http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2016/feb/02/more-women-and-children-than-men-seeking-european-asylum-says-unicef

    Reading this article was interesting in a sad, unfortunate way. Through registration, those seeking asylums in Europe allow for allow for a record to be kept on the amounts migrating. It can be understood though the data charts that a significant increase in women and children fleeing their countries for a sheltered Europe in comparison to the previous years. Regardless of who is traveling, the number of registrants gives society an idea of the weightiness of these conditions occurring in our world.

  • Profile photo of Katherine Braccio

    http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/to-kill-a-mockingbird-author-harper-lee-dies/
    This article notes the permanence of Harper Lee’s posthumous influence on American culture. “Mockingbird” is taught by more high school teachers (35%) than any other fiction book. “Mockingbird” is also widely taught on college campuses as well, ranking 255 on a list of books mandated by syllabi, which also include various textbooks for a variety of studies. To me this was interesting because I also read this book in middle school, and was curious to see how large of an influence this text has nation-wide.

  • http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2016/02/19/iphone-passcode-changed-government-possession/80632962/

    The FBI requested Apple to break into the iPhone of one of the killers in the San Bernadino masscare. Apple denied the request, saying the process they’d use could be used on many iPhones and causes a security issue. It’s interesting that Apple would defy the FBI in such a way, but it’s nice to see a company concerned about privacy, especially in this day and age where technology rules and we’re putting everything out there.

  • Profile photo of Alexandria M Freeman

    http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/not-all-privacy-policies-are-created-equal/
    This article elaborates on how there are differences in privacy policies. I had found this data interesting since our class discussions on privacy breaches and the filter bubble. This data was interesting because I had never realizes that the policies are actually stating how they will be violating our privacy rather than protecting it. They focus on companies such as Google and Facebook which leads back to our class discussions, they only invade our privacy in order to personalize the content we view on their websites. This is relevant to me from the use of both of these sites and know having the knowledge to delete my search history in attempts to combat this and have some form of privacy on the internet.

  • http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/29/sunday-review/learning-to-see-data.html?_r=0

    The article I chose is particularly interesting to me being that it posed a new and very different way to interpret Big Data. With advances in computing technology making it more and more difficult for people to interpret or make sense of the digital data that is produced, a group of students from Albert Einstein College of Medicine partnered with conceptual artist and painter Daniel Kohn to see if they could decipher the meaning behind the data through art. The students explained how Kohn’s input as an artist and the questions he had regarding the data pulled them out of their comfort zone to look at the data in a different way in order to obtain answers from it. This I thought was very different being that I have only ever thought to figure out or decipher data through computing or some other technology based means, I never once thought of art to be of any help or be able to yield any answers.

  • Profile photo of Mark Anthony Negro

    http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-golden-state-warriors-odds-of-going-73-9/

    One major story in the sports world is with Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors basketball team. They are cruising through the NBA regular season, preparing to make a run at consecutive championships, but they also have an opportunity to break the season record mark of 72-10 set by Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls in 1996. It’s interesting just following the team because they are so fun but history is currently being made. The article talks about their odds to win and includes many stats and days visualizations to show their greatness. Fivethirtyeight currently gives the Warriors a 54 percent chance of getting to 73 wins. Regardless, of whether or not they get there, this brings excitement to basketball fans and this article wraps up what they bring into data.

  • http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2016/02/22/would-donald-trump-or-bernie-sanders-supercharge-growth-obamas-economists-think-not/

    This article is about economists under President Obama researched and concluded some things about potential economic growth under what would be Bernie Sanders, or Donald Trump as president. What I found interesting was that both candidates promise around 5-6% growth under their policies, and Obama’s economists say that it will not happen. They projected completely different numbers. Another interesting issue with this is the credibility of Bernie’s plan. Bernie (in my opinion) seems to have a very appropriate plan for quality throughout the middle class etc, however I couldn’t help but question how likely it is to actually workout. Based on this and as well as other readings I have looked into, his plan does not seem very possible.

  • http://news.discovery.com/adventure/how-big-data-is-changing-basketball-150324.htm

    This is important to me because I am a basketball fan. This is very interesting because it changes the way people watch basketball. They now view basketball as statistics and how many shots you make and miss, or how many turnovers vs assists you get. Now with the technology, cameras are able to detect how far and fast a player runs the game. They are also able to find out how effiecient a team is compared to last year or compared to the rest of the league. It also helps coaches predict what a player will do, will he shoot a three or take a layup.

  • Profile photo of Prince Patel

    Can Big Data Analytics Save Billions in Healthcare Costs?
    by Christine Donato
    Specializing in SAP HANA and healthcare technology, Christine has extensive background in sales enablement, social media marketing, and digital writing. She is a strong proponent of the positive impact big data analytics can have on personalized medicine and preventative care. Christine is local to the Philadelphia area yet has a strong passion for travel and adventure.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/sap/2016/02/22/can-big-data-analytics-save-billions-in-healthcare-costs/#4b87d56ff625

    This article is very appealing to me as it describes how data can transform and revolutionize Healthcare system once it gets organized. Working with data in Healthcare system could be very difficult because of various inconsistent definitions and terms used by different doctors and used to explain patients. The inconsistency and unstructured data can be hard to aggregate, so Organizations like HISSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) are coming up with conferences that can help IT professionals, clinicians, executives, and vendors from around the world and show them different ways to improve the quality, cost-effectiveness, access, and value of healthcare through information technology. Digital transformation and usage of data is helping doctors to come up with unique treatment tactics which are different for each patient. This can provide personalized and precise and paced treatment to patients. Donato mentions that the usage of data and technology is increasing rapidly for personal health concerns via mobile apps and wearable devices that can keep track of every activity of a person. She describes how non profit societies like the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) can help doctors create treatments tailored down to a micro bucket and/or individual level and the way it will affect different people with different genes. Analyzing data of 97% of the cancer patients will allow societies like HISSS to acknowledge patterns and treatment effects by enabling better, more data-driven decision making. Usage and improvement of data in healthcare can provide proper treatment by analyzing patterns and cases that involve people with similar problems and at the same time get personalized treatment according to genes and resistance of a patient.

  • This article recaps some of the newest tech innovations that was shown at the recent Mobile World Congress (MWC). This year there was a common theme of using data to make urban cities run more efficiently. For example data from cars are being recorded transmitted to big data repositories. Analysis can use data from car crashes to quicken emergency response. As a big player in this field AT&T has invested in tracking sensors on pedestrians and office workers in their move to space planning. A few smart cities examples that was show cased at the show include a solar power pedestrian sized parking meter in Paris where the display give users information on nearby shopping and points of interest. It can be programmed to accept payments for train tickets as well. In Australia, some meters along the beaches even gives surfer insight on the day’s waves.

  • http://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/02/this-map-will-change-the-way-you-see-the-us-economy?utm_content=bufferc6313&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

    This map shows the proportion of GDP coming from each major area of the United States. It’s really interesting to see what parts of the country make up a large portion of our economy. The article attached also goes on to mention how the hub of Boston, Philly, and NY make up over a third of the entire GDP brought in from the top 10 largest metro areas.

  • http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/02/18/fox-news-poll-trump-still-leads-national-race-for-gop-nomination.html

    This article and graph shows that Donald Trump is still leading the national race for GOP nomination. It is very interesting to see that the other GOP candidates are still very far behind Mr. Trump as the race continues. Also, the graph used to represent this data, a horizontal bar graph, is very simple and easy to interpret. However, when interpreting this graph and possibly deciding on a candidate, it is essential to look at the data’s sample size. The sample size for this poll is 1,031randomly chosen registered voters nationwide.

  • http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/08/health/research/08vita.html
    This article is very interesting to someone like me, whose childhood consisted on numerous injuries. For years mothers everywhere feared the sports related injuries that their sons were going to sustain during the summer months. Researchers and surveys conclude that rather than summer, winter season athletes need to be more aware of their safety. Today snowboarding/skiing and sledding top the list of most common source of injuries. Aside from the sports causing these injuries, this article also shows the most common body part to be injured. Lower arms and legs lead in combining for 52% of all injuries. This article applies well to me because I broke my wrist a few years ago while snowboarding!

  • I am very interested in the presidential primaries; comparing states’ economic health with voting habits, to find a trend, is an interesting idea. Economic health is a major factor to determine the support candidates receive. The data shows the difference between Nevada’s economy and the previous caucused states. The data interests me because data scientist can better predict who is most likely to win based off of specific economic variables. Hypothetically, if a solid trend emerges, we may know who the next president is before November 2017.

  • Profile photo of William G Roman

    http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-same-four-operas-are-performed-over-and-over/
    Although I know virtually nothing about operas and am not very interested in them, this article caught my attention. I found it interesting that the same four operas were being performed over and over again. This article discusses how the Metropolitan Opera will be including four very common operas in its 2016-17 schedule. These four operas are Aida, La Boheme, Carmen, and La Traviata. There is a visualization showing these four operas with three other operas that will be performed next season. This visualization shows how frequently these operas have been performed since 1883. There are very few years where none of the four common operas were performed. There are also large spans where those operas were performed in consecutive years. The article shows that the Met is struggling to make new operas for new opera goers, while trying to maintain its current audience of opera lovers. The article also stated that opera houses have experienced a decrease in attendance over the past few seasons. Even though I am not that interested in opera, I would like to see how they progress over the next few years.

  • Profile photo of Ryan C Gibbons

    http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-golden-state-warriors-odds-of-going-73-9/
    This article is interesting to me because I am a huge basketball and a fan of Golden State Warriors’ star Steph Curry. I think the article does a great job of pointing to several different sets of data that add to the original topic of the team’s odds to break the record for most wins in a season. From the data presented, it seems like they do have a pretty good chance! It’s been interesting to see how data analytics has become such an important part of professional sports, and I’m curious to see how its role changes in the future.

  • Profile photo of Jordan Timothy Motter

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-cruz-make-final-stops-in-nevada-before-caucuses-1456257635?cb=logged0.40556541783735156

    The obvious choice for an article about data in recent news is an article about the presidential race. This article discusses Cruz and Trump putting more focus on their “offensive” ad campaigns, which is due partially to the results, or data, of the primary state elections. The candidates use this data to know whether they are the front runner of the race or a straggler.

  • Profile photo of Kennedy Frances Price

    http://www.nasdaq.com/article/bosses-harness-big-data-to-predict-which-workers-might-get-sick-20160216-01321
    This article is explaining how companies are using data such as where people shop, whether they vote, and credit score to make predictions about employees’ health. I find this article extremely interesting because these factors seem unrelated to a person’s health. Employers are using these tactics to minimize the costs of medical care and reach their employees about improving their health before it becomes a serious problem. It allows employers to reach their employees and try and help them in a different way than has been used before. It is also a quite controversial topic. A question of privacy comes up because some individuals may not be comfortable with an employer accessing their private information and records. This is a very interesting technique used by employers and I am interested in how it will continue to be used (or not) by companies.

  • Profile photo of Alexander Somers Greene

    http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2016/02/22/most-americans-say-apple-should-help-unlock-terror-suspects-iphone/?mod=ST1
    This article talks about America’s opinion on the FBI’s attempts to have Apple create a backdoor that they can use to access IOS allowing them a more effective means to track down terrorists. This interesting part about this article is not the subject but that 51% of the people surveyed said that Apple should create the backdoor. If this policy were to come to fruition, it would pave the way for a whole new set of policies that would limiting our privacy rights. Another situation that can arise from this is if someone got access to the backdoor who shouldn’t. IOS is one of the most used software in the world and if a hacker were to find a way to get access to that back door it could lead to a lever of cyber crime that we have never seen before. Worst case scenario a terrorist organization could gain access to it. This leads me to wounder what percentage of the surveyed population have any kind of knowledge into these types of matters or if they are the typical american who thinks that anything that can fight terrorism is immediately a good thing for everybody.

  • Profile photo of Tae Shin

    http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/financial-adviser
    This website was very useful for me because I am pursuing the career of a financial advisor. This website gave me the necessary data to further increase my interest in the financial advising career. It gave me the median, high, and low salary; unemployment rate; and number of jobs. It also gave me a scorecard on future growth, stress, work life balance, and job market. Lastly, it gave me the ranking compared to other occupations. These are all useful information for me and helped me decide to continue to pursue my career.

  • Profile photo of Kenneth Warren Wren

    http://www.pgatour.com/statsreport/2016/02/22/strokes-gained-northern-trust-open-riviera.html My article is the strokes gained data from last week’s PGA Tour event in Los Angeles at Riviera Country Club. As a college golfer, I am always trying to use professional data to understand the best way to shoot low scores. I can look at numbers from different situations and players and use them to make myself better when I am in the same position. I use stats such as strokes gained to know percentages and to make risk/reward decisions on the course.

  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/on-leadership/wp/2015/08/25/the-average-sp-500-ceo-makes-more-than-200-times-the-median-worker/
    This article interests me because it pertains to what I am learning about in some of my other classes. This article talks about CEO pay, and how it compares to the median pay of the people who work for that company. The coolest part about this article is that it has a tableau workbook in it that lets you download the data and see if you can make your own tableau worksheet out of the data that they have.

  • http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/17/education/17admissions.html?_r=0
    This article was interesting because it discussed about the statistics of college applicants. This is relevant to me because as a former high school senior, I understood how much pressure students go through if they don’t get accepted to their dream college. Something that affected the data/statistics in the article is that many students apply for many more colleges in order to increase their chances of getting accepted. The article was also interesting because it talks about the percentage increase of college applicants due to the increase of low/middle income acceptances and growth of population.

  • Profile photo of Erin Elizabeth Kelly

    http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/republican-leaning-cities-are-at-greater-risk-of-job-automation/

    I title of this article immediately caught my attention because I am a Republican. In addition, anything about job industry growth catches my attention because in a few short years, I will be entering the work force as a college educated professional. The facts in this article directly relate to me. For example, it states that jobs, such as cashiers, will most likely be replaced by machines. I am currently a cashier at my one job. I found this article interesting. It says that Republicans should fear for their economy more than Democrats, but my hypothesis would probably be the other way around. I wonder why Republicans have more jobs that can be replaced than Democrats.

  • http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-golden-state-warriors-odds-of-going-73-9/
    The Golden State Warriors are currently the best team in the NBA. As an avid basketball fanatic, I’m fascinated to see if they surpass the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls record setting season of 72-10. Though many sports analyst give their opinion on the Warriors quest to 73 wins, I was curious to see what data analyst had to say. According to http://www.fivethirtyeight.com, the Golden State Warriors have a thirty seven percent chance to reach 73 wins.

  • http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2016/the-benefits-of-metadata-management-software/
    The article I found deals with softwares that are used by companies to more efficiently manage their metadata. The author, Joshua Tallent, works for a company that provides the software and talks the. One of the points I found interesting was that the software uses a single master database to keep all members on the same page with uniformly organized data sets. I also found it intriguing that the software could help limit errors in data by logging input and changes to data to help locate the source of skewed data.

  • Profile photo of Brittney Michelle Pescatore

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/justice-department-seeks-to-force-apple-to-extract-data-from-about-12-other-iphones-1456202213

    The government is currently in the process of taking Apple to court. The government wants access to extract data from iPhones, however, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook is refusing. Apple is arguing that helping the FBI could endanger Apple’s users, therefore threatening the trust between Apple and its customers. As an Apple user, I find this whole situation very interesting. I can understand the situation from both sides. The FBI wants the data to help solve a terrorist case, but Apple wants to protect and respect its customers. I personally like that Apple is resisting. It shows that they truly care about their customers’ safety and privacy. We should not have to worry about the FBI being able to hack into the data on our devices.

  • Profile photo of Shuyue Ding

    http://aiddata.org/subnational-geospatial-research-datasets
    I found this open data for international development. I am interested because I learned what open data is from class. This article is about sub-national, geospatial research datasets. This article introduce what benefits open data are and how thing is going in AirData. There are so many date in it, and I am so excited about open data.

  • Profile photo of Jason Ly

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-02-23/-liquid-freedom-sails-from-texas-tilting-power-in-global-oil
    This article is interesting because it deals with lifting the oil export ban. The U.S. revolves around oil and transportation and with the lift on the oil export ban, we are finally seeing a steady rise on crude production and falling rates for importing. All this means lower price per gallon for gas, which is at a national average of $1.76. I also find it interesting because it gives me another reason to purchase a BMW V8 M3.

  • Profile photo of Jake Montana

    http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/no-one-can-agree-how-much-the-presidential-candidates-tax-plans-will-cost/
    This article is about predicting how much presidential candidates’ tax plans will cost. It is also interesting because the presidential election is coming up soon so their tax plans will affect all of America. The only problem is predicting their tax plans which is difficult with a potential recession scare blooming in the future. Overall though, comparing tax plans and their costs among all presidential candidates was very interesting and will affect all of America in the near future.

  • Profile photo of Erica Corinne Rudy

    http://products.skift.com/yearbook/megatrends-2016-magazine/

    As as tourism and hospitality management, I always love to read about why people are travelling and the megatrends Skift put out each year really attest to what is going on. I especially found interesting that there will be a shift in focus from Millennials to Gen Z – I personally feel as though the generations between the Baby Boomers and Millennials have recently been forgotten about when it comes to travel.

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    http://www.forbes.com/sites/amitchowdhry/2016/02/23/amazon-increases-free-shipping-minimum-from-35-to-49/#cbb2a8e6ca28
    This article is interesting to me because I’m a loyal customer of Amazon. The article talks about Amazon increases free shipping minimum from $35 to $49, which surprises me. In the article, the writer said that “the most likely reasons why Amazon is increasing the cost of the free shipping minimum is because it wants to increase the size of the Prime subscriber base and the costs to deliver products are increasing”, however, I don’t think it is a smart move, because I believe low free shipping minimum is Amazon’s strength, and it is the reason why people choose Amazon over other online shopping sites. Now, by increasing free shipping minimum, Amazon may be able to increase its Prime subscribers, but I think Amazon will lose more customers.

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    http://www.forbes.com/sites/jaysondemers/2016/02/18/5-psychological-biases-that-doom-online-marketing-campaigns-to-failure/#f8f0a7330103

    I found this article interesting because I feel as though I will come across these scenarios in my career. I think marketers and people in general unconsciously do these things and it an lead to a lot of corrupted data and outcomes. I hope that I keep these tips in mind as I excel in my career. Bias is everywhere and it is very important that we become aware of how bad it can affect the choices we make.

  • http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/faculty/jason.frand/teacher/technologies/palace/datamining.htm
    The article I read is about Data Mining, also called data discovery or knowledge discovery. It is obvious that a tons of various data in this world. People tend to figure out what kinds of data they need which can be useful. Assuming there is a job that people try to gather data from every there and gain variable information from that, I call it data Marker. I look forward to creating a basic app that people can easily as the first step.

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    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/02/19/us/2015-year-in-weather-temperature-precipitation.html
    What sparked my interest in regards to the subject matter in this article is how it states that the year 2015 according to scientists was the hottest the Earth has ever been using data provided from AccuWeather. This data presents 3,116 cities and about 90 percent of them were warmer than normal. You could input your city and state and more than likely find higher temperature averages then any year previously recorded. I liked how detailed the information was spread across the the cities and states of the US, showing record time high’s and lows throughout the chart.

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    http://www.economist.com/node/15557443

    This article is about how data is constantly growing in size and how this growth in size can be beneficial, but always bring many headaches. Many people who use facebook might not know that it is home to 40 billion photos, which is a massive amount of data. For those who regularly use wal-mart might not be aware that as a whole, they handle 1m customer transactions every hour, feeding databases 2.5 petabytes- the equivalent of 167 times the books in America’s Library of Congress. I thought this article was interesting because it displays how massive amounts of data are closer than we think.

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    https://www.ama.org/publications/marketingnews/pages/social-engagement-tied-content-quality-not-quantity.aspx
    Since I am a marketing major (and doing this a little late) I decided to use a recent article I read about social media engagement and the amount of data brands are publishing. Since 2015, content creation across all media channels (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) has increased 35% per channel. Inversely, consumer engagement with the posts they’re making has decreased by 17%. This is a big deal, because social media is a major investment of budget and time. As a consumer, I used to like how Instagram had brands posting about their products because nobody else was doing it. Now, everyone is doing it and people are caring less due to the over load of data. As data scientists, we need to assess how we can use our knowledge of data to help increase engagement per post. One thing I think we can do is use data to reinvent the user interface of our existing social media platforms. Different layouts may make it easier for brands to get their posts seen, because it is presented to the user rather than them finding it on their own. Another thing we can do is create channel specific content. This means we have to gear all of our efforts towards engaging with a smaller group of similar people rather than trying to make it more generalized for everyone. This way, the people addressed will feel more inclined to respond/reach out towards the company and encourage others to do the same.

  • http://college.usatoday.com/2014/08/18/how-much-do-you-study-apparently-17-hours-a-week-is-the-norm/

    This is a study that tells how much the average college students study. The average (the norm) is 17 hours a week. I found this interesting because for me, the number is lower and I still do rather well on my projects, exams etc. However as the article states as well, different majors often see different study times. Major’s such as nursing and chemistry see much higher study times compared to a major such as journalism or tourism.

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    http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/upsDownsGlobalWarming.html

    Basically this is an analytical article on “is the climate warming or cooling?” Interesting part of this article is that you can’t tell weather the climate warming or cooling based on a shorter period observation. Because according the data,there was no global warming recorded between 1998 to 2008. So one would say the climate is not warming, In fact it’s cooling. But If you go for a bit longer period of observation between 1975 to 2008, the average temperature of all the the lands and oceans has increased to .05″ C. Over the last 100 years the Earth’s temperature has increased to little less then 1″ c and the sea level has also risen to 15 cm.

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    http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-35639233
    In this article Bill Gates gives his opinion on the ongoing feud between the FBI and Apple in regards to unlocking the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter, Syed Rizwan. Gates decided to go against the views of his peers and the tech world by siding with the FBI by essentially saying that apple should write a “backdoor” code to unlock the iPhone of Syed Rizwan. This article sparks a debate that goes deeper than just one iPhone. It starts the debate on whether or not the government should have access to a code that could potentially unlock millions of users iPhones.

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    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2628895-25-recent-jaw-dropping-sports-stats

    This article is interesting and relevant to me because I plan to work in sports after college. This article relates sports to statistical data and how sports can be evaluated using such data – whether it improves or devaluates the sport.This article is interesting because it compares current sports statistics to previous ones and how much sports have evolved throughout the years, becoming more and more impressive. For example, in 2015, 13 teams had 4,000 or more passing yards. Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints led the pack with a team total of 4,970 yards. 10 years ago in 2005, only four teams had 4,000 yards through the air, which explains why running backs are so devalued in the NFL these days.

  • http://www.economist.com/node/15557443
    This article points out that data also is big headaches while it brings huge new benefit. In the article, “Wal-Mart, a retail giant, handles more than one million customer transactions every hour, feeding databases estimated at more than 2.5 petabytes—the equivalent of 167 times the books in America’s Library of Congress. Facebook, a social-networking website, is home to 40 billion photos.” All these examples illustrate one thing that is digital information in our world getting ever vaster ever more rapidly. This makes it possible to do many things that previously could not be done. However, it also brings lots of new problems. For example: ensuring data security and protecting privacy is becoming harder as the information multiplies and is shared ever more widely around the world. It is really tricky for human-being to use all these data in an appropriate way.

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