Section 004, Instructor: Larry Dignan

Weekly Question #8: Complete by Nov. 13 class start

Leave your response as a comment on this post by the beginning of class on Nov. 13, 2017. 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:

Once again, 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.

32 Responses to Weekly Question #8: Complete by Nov. 13 class start

  • This data is interesting as I love movies and am a big fan of the Marvel movies. It shows that the newest Thor is doing better than the last two movies, and this is cool because usually, movies do not do as good as the first one. I have not yet seen it, but looking at this data, I defiantly want to see it soon. I am also curious how it will do in the long run with sales.
    http://www.the-numbers.com/movies/franchise/Thor#tab=summary

  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41932164

    TripAdvisor will be adding a feature that shows users when sexual assaults have been reported at or near hotels. TripAdvisor has said that these “badges” will last for 3 months each but will be extended if it is a recurring issue. This decision to add the feature came from it being revealed that TripAdvisor deleted some past reviews reporting sexual assault. This is an important feature to add especially if there are recurring instances at locations.

  • 11/11/2017
    Jeffrey Rodriguez
    Data Science 0855

    https://www.databreachtoday.com/report-sec-plans-breach-reporting-guidance-refresh-a-10447

    I really enjoyed this article because it touched the breaches that our country is currently encountering. The SEC wants to companies to make investors more aware when sharing information to outside sources, and make aware when something is leaked or breached. The SEC plans on forming new regulation how how to deal with this kind of issue. Hinman the first director of the SEC and veteran initial public offering attorney; will be reviewing the regulations facing the companies that want to go public.

  • http://www.boxofficemojo.com/daily/chart/

    This site shows a list of how the box office did this week. It shows the money each film made, who made each film, and the ranking of the film compared to the other movies. I chose this site because I love moves, and this shows people which film is doing good so far in the box office.

  • https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2017/oct/31/terror-trends-what-are-the-most-common-phobias-among-us-adults

    This article is interesting because it talks about phobias, which is relevant because Halloween was at least somewhat recent. This article states that those who are in racial minorities and those who come from low income families are more likely to have phobias. The most common phobia is that of birds, insects, and other related animals, followed closely by heights in general. The least common phobia being going to the emergency room. I think this is interesting because I think some of these phobias are unfounded, but I guess that’s the whole point of having phobias in the first place: they’re not bound in reality.

  • http://www.espn.com/college-football/rankings
    Above is the NCAA Football power rankings for the 12th week of the college football season. The power ranking is based upon a teams record, recent performance, and stats of individual players. Currently leading the NCAA is the Alabama Crimson Tide who are currently undefeated with 1575 points and a 10-0 record. Yesterday, the University of Miami Hurricanes made a surprising leap from number 7 to number 2 on the power rankings after their decisive 41-8 victory over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Unfortunately, the Temple Owls do not hold a place in the power rankings this week.

  • http://www.adnews.com.au/opinion/how-the-voice-first-revolution-will-disrupt-media-and-marketing\
    The article that I read discussed the future of technology and specifically, how the “voice-first revolution” is quickly approaching. Ray Kurtzweil, an author, inventor, and futurist, predicts that all of our technology will be voice activated by 2029. Ad News also talked about the fact that devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home are just the beginning stage of what’s to come. Personally, I am not a huge fan of voice-activated technology. However, if the only way to work on a computer in 2029 is to talk to it, I guess I have no choice. Either way, it is very exciting to see technology moving forward at such a fast pace and researchers analyzing data about human interaction with various devices, leading to constant improvement in many aspects of business, specifically, marketing.

  • http://www.boxofficemojo.com/daily/chart/?view=7day&sortdate=2017-11-12&p=.htm

    The webpage above is interesting to me as I am a film major and what happens with movies and what they make at the box office will always be crucial to my career. It compares how much money one film is making as well as comparing it to how much money other films are making. I love movies and that is why I chose this link. It’s interesting to see what’s doing good and what’s not doing good, as audiences can be rather fickle.

  • https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/datablog/2017/nov/06/not-your-imagination-mass-shootings-now-happen-more-frequently-in-the-us

    This article has to do with how frequently mass shootings are happening in the US. As a criminal justice major, it is always interesting to me to research these kind of things and to create ideas on how to resolve these issues. Especially since all of these mass shootings are really, really recent, I think it’s important for everyone to be aware that this problem is real and it’s getting worse. Something we should be paying attention to when we talk about gun laws and what should and shouldn’t be passed.

  • http://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/Tech-Data-and-Dynasource-Bring-Microsoft-Partners-Together-to-Accelerate-Growth-in-Cloud-1007871606
    This article talks about the using of cloud in the technology. Cloud will be very important because we will store data in there for next years. Also tech data provides Microsoft partners with everything they need to develop and grow their cloud business. The StreamOne platform was recently enhanced and now provides access to additional resources and options, including StreamOne Insights, a new set of analytics tools for Microsoft Azure that enables partners to monitor performance of cloud services and access usage information in real time.

  • http://abc7.com/technology/new-iphone-x-malfunctioning-in-cold-weather-/2637145/

    This week has released a number of negative news points for Apple, just as they push the new IPhone X and their stock was beginning to soar. ABC reported on new data points from many users in cold climates, showing malfunctions and complete screen shutdowns. This comes right after complaints ranging from the X’s price (at nearly a thousand dollars), significant battery life shortages with the new IOS 11, and hackers rapidly breaking the new “facial recognition” security software – one of the phones biggest market points.

  • http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/19/europe/insect-decline-germany/index.html
    Ive been doing a lot of research on the effect losing insects has on the planet. There have been many studies and depending where you look you will find different theories on what will happen if we lose insects. But the facts remain that insects are being lost and theres not much we can do do bring the populations back up.

  • http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/11/13/scandal-rocks-ohio-state-university-as-83-students-accused-cheating-via-app.html I found this information interesting because almost every school recommends you to create a group me account when coming there. In the schools eyes it’s to get to know some people before coming to school & these students flipped it into a way of cheating on exams.

  • https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-10/microsoft-and-google-turn-to-ai-to-catch-amazon-in-the-cloud
    This article details information about Amazon Web Services (AWS) and how it defines the world of cloud computing as Amazon dominates the cloud computing world, but despite their net worth, Google and Microsoft’s cloud computing platforms are growing much faster than Amazon as they employ new strategies to attract a customer base for their cloud platform. Microsoft, for example, focuses on forming lasting relationships with large corporation partners in order to secure more profit from their cloud infrastructure. It’s interesting to see how these big companies interact at the top of the cloud market, and it will be interesting to see if Microsoft or Google reach a level of cloud computing that can match Amazon’s monopoly.

  • http://theweek.com/articles/732138/how-brands-use-big-data-without-creeping-people
    Have you ever bought something online or even just looked at products you were interested in just to go on your social media platforms and see advertisements of those same products? That is brands using big data at its finest and it is super creepy. It’s interesting and relevant to me because I do most of my shopping online. After looking at products and services that I want, it is both annoying and helpful to see the same thing pop up as an advertisement on social media platforms.

  • This article talks about how poorly the Cleveland Browns are doing during this season. They are 0-6 and based off of their stats, they have a chance of having zero wins this season. Although they are doing bad, they are not doing terribly. They have been losing by only a couple of points in a few games. This is interesting to me because I am looking forward to seeing if these statistics are right about them possibly losing every game, or if they can come out and get a win.

  • https://www.forbes.com/sites/gilpress/2017/11/09/10-predictions-for-ai-big-data-and-analytics-in-2018/#4fc73be4403c

    This article described the expectations we should see from companies using a combination of artificial intelligence, big data, and analytics in 2018. As an analyst, that is not too proficient in SQL language, I am eager to see if being able to query data using natural language actually comes to fruition. Typically, I would have to mock up what I want to see in excel, send the request to IT which could sit for days for the SQL query to be created and be linked to a connection and ultimately, a refreshable excel sheet. I also enjoyed where the article stated CDOs will move from the defense to the offense. That’s honestly one of the biggest parts that sucks about being an analyst is that you spend just as much time defending your data as you do creating it.

  • https://www.forbes.com/sites/bryanpearson/2017/11/13/robot-love-can-retailers-build-emotional-loyalty-with-data-machines/#5b637a881c78

    This article discusses how robots are becoming a common commodity for large corporations such as Walmart and Lowe’s that are helping them tackle standard customer issues by utilizing data. The article goes to question if the data that a robot intakes, can express emotions specifically emotional brand loyalty. Walmart is looking to use robots to identify unhappy shoppers through facial recognition software. Lowe’s is looking to still sticking to the basics of helping out customers with general questions and find items. it will be interesting to see how many of these robots fill up our stores in the next 5-10 years.

  • Machine learning intelligence is a machine which learns on the most precise level, starting from scratch and evaluating the impact of every action and being ever-improving from its interactions.. The implementation of machine-learning AI will have profound impact on the business world. I await for when the industry research makes what an AI which truly is an intelligence, not a program; it would transcend every human’s intellect, so the question “should I?” must ring through the hearts and ears of all roboticists.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/13/boston-dynamics-ceo-robotics-will-be-bigger-than-the-internet.html

  • https://www.emarketer.com/Article/Data-Feed-November-2-2017/1016704
    The data from this article shows some interesting trends that the market has taken over the third quarter of the business year. The article discussed how wages in the US have risen at 1.6% from year over year. As that seems like a good report, the article does not discuss what the inflation rate has been over that time. The article also talked about how companies are still having a hard time staying connected to the internet. They reported that 80% of companies still experience internet failure at least four times a month. Finally, the article explained how facebook has had an increase in revenue and user, while TV sales have decreased by four percent, and smart clothing is about to take a big leap increasing in sales by over 20 million dollars by 2022.

  • There was an earthquake in Iran and Iraq which is not common thing in recent days. In this article, the data shows how rare the frequency of earthquake in both countries and also addresses terrible damages of those past earthquakes. I think the data in this article is important because it has to be accurate since it is related to lives of many people.

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/12/middleeast/iraq-earthquake/index.html

  • http://flowingdata.com/2017/10/06/in-2017-no-more-than-five-days-without-a-mass-shooting/

    The article “In 2017, No More than Five Days Without a Mass Shooting” has a title that is self explanatory. The U.S is doing horribly in terms of “mass shootings” with 275 shootings taking place this year alone. According to this article “The mass shooting in Las Vegas on October 1 was the worst in modern history”. There is a very interesting data visualization in there too, one I’ve never seen before.You should look at it.

  • http://www.businessinsider.com/nvidias-gpu-sales-drive-q3-2017-11
    This article talks about NVIDIA’s Q3 metrics and how GPU sales are continuing to grow. It also shows how their sales are divided among their audience, being gaming revenue, datacenter revenue, OEM & IP revenue, and auto revenue. It goes to show how NVIDIA is making an impact in the GPU industry, being no longer just dedicated to gaming, but for data science and AI research as well.

  • http://theweek.com/articles/732138/how-brands-use-big-data-without-creeping-people

    In short, this article explains the developing role of big data in personalized advertising; this is interesting to me because I am concerned about how companies collect data, and how they could possibly be breaching the privacy of their users. To me, it is important to keep up with news about data collection because it can help users protect their security online. For example, the article mentioned that some Facebook users were under the impression that the social media company was using the microphones in cell phones in order to record and collect audible data. While this rumor was proven false by the company’s Head of Product, it is still important to consider how big name companies may be compromising your security to better market their products and target their advertisements.

  • https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/if-i-write-all-my-friends-papers-are-we-really-friends/

    I’m very interesting about this article which is about the friendship in collage. I think many collage student confront this problem; a friend who only want to hang out when you grant his/her a favor, for example, write essays for him/her. I thought if one of my friend behaves like that, I will stop being friend with him/her. However, according to this article, the data shows many people think don’t cut the person out of your life but stop being an on-demand tutor. I was surprised about the data and this data lets me think about the solution about this problem one more time.

  • http://www.restaurant.org/News-Research/Research/Operations-Report
    I find this article interesting because I currently work in a restaurant as well as it’s an industry within my major. This article discusses the importance of a restaurants financial stability. This could significantly improve the restaurant by analyzing operating costs. It will allow them to detect potential problems and determine how to cut costs which will lead to higher income profit and less expense. This is important to me for the future because if say I become a restaurant manger, I would want to limit the amount of costs as much as possible.

  • http://www.businessinsider.com/mapped-the-worlds-biggest-oil-exporters-2017-11?amp

    I chose this article because I find it can help explain geopolitical ideals and moves. Oil is a huge commodity that every country in the world uses. I believe that knowing where the largest exporters are can help one see where the most geopolitical power in a region is. It also explains a lot about why there is so much involvement in the middle east.

  • https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/datablog/2017/nov/06/not-your-imagination-mass-shootings-now-happen-more-frequently-in-the-us

    I found this article interesting because it showed how often mass shootings in America occur. In a sense it is scary to see how currently there is no solution to this problem. Gun violence, in my opinion, is as bad of a crisis as the opiate crisis going on in America today. This brings up the topic on whether more gun control is necessary to limit these mass shootings, but how much would these gun control policies really help? This is why I found this article interesting.

  • https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/nov/13/way-too-little-way-too-late-facebooks-fact-checkers-say-effort-is-failing
    I found this article interesting because it relates back to our early conversations about filter bubbles. Facebook has been recognized as a huge enabler of this, particularly by allowing the spread of false information.
    Facebook ‘attempted’ to crack down on this problem and create workarounds, like the “disputed” tag mentioned in this article, but it sounds like they have been unsuccessful and aren’t working too hard to figure out a solution. This will be interesting to follow, especially as social media sites are being questioned with regard to election influence and where their advertised posts originate.

  • http://www.dataversity.net/artificial-intelligence-vs-machine-learning/ I found this article interesting because it has a lot to do with where our future is going. The article discusses how both artificial intellignce and machines learning are being used in a variety of ways to benefits humans. Additionally, the article talks about how machine learning and artificial intelligence are different. All in all, with technology rapidly advancing I think it is necessary for the average individual to know about machine learning and artificial intelligence.

  • https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/teams/page/PHI/philadelphia-eagles
    My article is from CBS spots news and they have data listed for the Philadelphia Eagles’ wins and losses throughout the season. This is relevant to me because I work at Field House Sports bar and Restaurant which obviously supports Philadelphia Eagles’ fan base. The better that the Eagles perform the more fans will come out to support, which increases sales and tips. I’m not an Eagles fan but I am definitely interested in heir success.

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