Section 001, Instructor: Laurel Miller

Weekly Question #8: Complete by November 9

Leave your response as a comment on this post by the beginning of class on November 9. 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.

35 Responses to Weekly Question #8: Complete by November 9

  • http://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/2017/11/02/trump-s-tax-plan-major-changes.html

    This article focuses on the proposed Tax Cuts and Job Act which adds a fourth tax bracket to the economy and no longer touches retirement plans. If this bill were to pass, the average middle-class family would save over $1,000 on taxes each year. I found this article interesting because one of the areas I could potentially end up working in is tax as a CPA. I could potentially do income taxes for individuals or corporations, and both of these groups would be affected by this bill. Corporations could see up to a 15% decrease in the corporate income tax. This bill is relevant to me because of my parents income too; also, I could save money on taxes in the future if this bill passed depending on my income level. Some of the data relevant to this article includes: individual’s names, taxable income, deductions, amount of deductions, number of dependents, amount saved, and more.

  • http://www.zdnet.com/article/tableau-ge-aviation-partner-on-data-analytics-for-planes/

    This article is focusing on the recent partnership between GE, specifically the Aviation department, and Tableau by leveraging their service to visually analyze data to help improve fuel efficiency and customer experience, among other things. It is awesome to see that companies are starting to recognize how useful of a tool Tableau is for their business, and its ability to diagnose business problems/successes an act accordingly to what you find . Being a senior, and having Tableau experience on my resume, I can personally say it is making me more attractive as a candidate, and seeing more corporations starting to use this technology hopefully more job opportunities this year.

  • https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/30/arts/franco-moretti-stanford-literary-lab-big-data.html

    The article “Reading by the Numbers: When Big Data Meets Literature” discusses professor Franco Moretti’s revolutionary way of close reading texts through the use of computers. Distant Reading is defined as the computer-assisted crunching of thousands of texts at a time. Rather than emphasizing certain books that “have stood the tests of time,” this method allows for the analysis of works that have been long forgotten and overlooked. By using computers to create data based on numerous forms of literature, we will be able to gain a more holistic view of literary history. Trends, themes, and histories will be easier to link throughout said history. This is relevant to my studies of literature. As an English major, I have to close read, analyze, and critique multiple texts throughout the semester. Tools like this will assist scholars in obtaining more accurate pictures of books and in placing them in the correct context in which they were written.

  • https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/gun-laws-stop-at-state-lines-but-guns-dont/

    The article I picked, titled “Gun Laws Stop At State Lines, But Guns Don’t” is another controversial matter that has been up in the air among US gun laws. Among the recent tragedy that happened in the recent years, guns laws is up for a debate among lawmakers and its oppositions. According to the data published in the article, even though gun laws are very strict in certain states, the people can still purchase guns to neighboring states with less strict gun laws and carry the product to their home state loosely. Thus, strict gun laws is not working if it doesn’t have a unified gun laws in every states. I find this article very interesting due to the nature of the gun laws in the US itself and how loosely it can be tricked.

  • http://www.dataversity.net/educating-data-experts-new-world-data-management/
    I find this article interesting because it talks about my generation the Millennials. My generation is going to make up 75 percent of the workforce by 2025. Our generation is already “tech-savvy” so companies just have to get us on board to do data professional roles. The article states that you do not even have to go to school for data jobs. The article states that the millennials have “to be groomed to take on Data Architect, Data Steward, and Data Governance jobs”. You can find talent in people who did not go to school for data jobs because they have a diverse set of skills and can work on different challenges. Millenials do not like doing the same thing all the time we like to be challenged and we like our assignments to change. This article interests me because I could get a data position in the future by an employer.

  • https://www.accountingtoday.com/news/pcaob-leans-toward-issuing-blockchain-and-data-analytics-guidance

    This article goes in to depth about how at the most recent PCAOB meeting they are urging auditing firms to get a better grasp of data analytics. The PCAOB believes furthering their staff’s knowledge of data analytics will help them be more successful in their auditing effort. This article is interesting to me because one of the majors I am considering is accounting. Also, since I am taking two different MIS classes data analytics have been talked about to great extents.

  • https://www.forbes.com/sites/bernardmarr/2017/11/03/why-ai-machine-learning-and-big-data-really-matter-to-b2b-companies/#107964251f2a

    For about two years, I keep hearing that AI is bad in a way that it will steal our jobs in the future. However, based on reading this article, AI + Big Data will actually help small businesses and companies to utilize their IT in positive direction such as lead generation, streamlining lead scoring, to monitor customer behavior and update us if we needed to interfere, and free up our time to do more high value work.

  • https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/datablog/2017/oct/18/australia-gender-pay-gap-why-do-women-still-earn-less-than-men
    This article written by Anna Livsey asks why do women in Australia still earn less than men. A recent talk show host in Australia had to quit her job because her pay was not meeting her needs to survive. In Australia the pay wage gap between men and women is 15.3 %. This article gives data visualizations for each career and the pay wage gap between men and women. I think its really important for all of us to know what is going on not only where we live but across the world. Its sad how unfair women are treated over men even in today’s world.

  • http://www.dataversity.net/brief-history-data-storage/
    This article was interesting to me because I got to learn about the beginnings of data storage. I remember when I thought floppy disks were high tech technology when they first came out compared to things like the cloud and other storage servers. It it shows you how technology has advanced so quickly.

  • https://www.wsj.com/articles/out-of-the-frying-pan-in-china-kfc-tests-high-tech-and-healthy-options-1509964205
    (the whole article is available only for paid members) “Fast Food Gets a Reboot in China: Tuna-Pesto Paninis, Paid for by Facial Recognition”
    Usually, many people in China avoided going KFC because they thought fast foods are not good for their health. However, many fast food restaurants in China are trying their best to offer healthy menu and the annual gross is increasing a lot. It was so interesting that about 45% of whole sales in KFC were mobile payments.
    The reason why I choose this article was that it provided a lot of data to check the new trend of fast foods in China. This article provided the stock price (growing rates) of each major company in China and the growth rate of the whole profit. I could effectively check the changing trend and could realize that marketers always have to prepare for new trend.

  • http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Journal/Issues/2017/10/23/Opinion/FTF-analytics.aspx

    “We are at the dawn of the data revolution in sports” is the dramatic title of this article. I found it very interesting to read because it goes into the amount of interesting analysis that these analysts can go into in a single play. They referenced Odell Beckham Jr.’s legendary catch as an example, not only describing the catch but also examining his speed, angle of the catch, and velocity of the ball. While coaches are skeptics of these ideas, the writer cites these doubts as nothing but growing pains for the sports data analytics. We do need to understand this idea while at the same time solutions geared to answering these questions are proliferating. As a result, in the future it will be a top priority for leagues and players to segment their data needs among commercial engagement products and coaching and player-performance products and choose the right partners that are going to invest in technological advancements over time.

  • https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/gun-laws-stop-at-state-lines-but-guns-dont/
    This article discusses the relationship between state gun laws and the paths traveled by firearms before being recovered by law enforcement. The analysis of the data proposes that even if a state has strict gun laws, if the neighboring states do not, the strict regulations will be undermined by people transporting guns from surrounding states. As a criminal justice major, I found this article very insightful, especially in light of recent mass shootings in America.

  • http://money.cnn.com/2017/11/07/technology/business/amazon-hq2-state-laws/index.html

    Amazon’s location for its new headquarters is causing a lot of controversy. This article discusses the 238 cities across the nation that have put in bids to host the company’s new headquarters. Some of the data that surrounds this major decision includes the amount of potential revenue this could bring in for the city/state, the tax increase for the people in the surrounding areas, and the traffic situation this may cause for the people in this city.

  • https://techcrunch.com/2017/11/07/mymusictaste-which-allows-fans-to-request-live-events-gets-11m-series-c/
    This article is about an interesting new app that takes a different approach in booking events. The concept behind it is pretty straightforward, the group has partnerships with artists and use user requests alongside other data to determine where and when to book events. The company prides itself on being very open about the data it is collecting, and which campaigns are gaining movement behind them so users feel truly involved. This is a welcome change from giants like Livenation that often have partnerships with large corporations like Iheartmedia, effectively curating today’s popular music scene.

  • https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/lebron-cant-do-it-all-alone/

    I found this article shocking. The runner-up team for the NBA Finals, Cleveland Cavaliers, is now one of the worst in the league. Cleveland now holds a record at 5-6; which most of us can’t believe. It even mentions how Cleveland lost to Atlanta when Atlanta’s record is 2-9!. The article explains how Lebron is carrying the whole team on his back because other players such as Kevin Love, Channing Frye, and JR Smith are not making as many shots as they were last year. I was cheering for Cleveland in the Finals and when they lost, I was hopeful that they would return next season with a comeback. However, it is not looking likely this season.

  • http://www.bbc.com/news/business-41919958 This article talks about former top Yahoo and Equifax executives apologizing for breaches that exposed billions of customer accounts in front of the U.S. Senate. The executives claimed that they had no control over the breaches in security. I find this extremely astounding because, seeing as Yahoo and Equifax possess such personal information, I figured they would have better safeguards against – or at least better apologizes for –
    foreign hacks.

  • https://www.usatoday.com/sports/nfl/rankings/ This article shows the NFL football rankings so far this year. It is interesting to me because the Eagles are the number one team right now and that is Philadelphia’s football team. It is so awesome to see this since we haven’t done this good in a very long time.

  • https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/lebron-cant-do-it-all-alone/

    This article discusses LeBron James and his team’s success after 11 games. It mentions that LeBron is having a fantastic statistical season, shooting 65.7% from inside the 3-point line, 80% from within 3 feet, and assisting on 45.8% of his teams field goals. While LeBron’s play has been exceptional, the article says that his team’s overall play has been very poor, as the Cavs are dead last in defensive efficiency and only 16th in rebounding. These factors have had a huge contribution to their sub-.500 record. It will be interesting to see what these numbers look like throughout the rest of the season and how they could impact the Cavs actions at the trade deadline, the NBA playoffs, and even Lebron’s future with the team.

  • http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-41898318
    This article is about how the next census in the UK could be counted by where a person’s mobile phone is being used and the data from it. I think that could be very interesting but it could also be inaccurate because they are not taking into account the people that do not have cell phones with this method. But it will make counting the census a lot easier and faster. So there are positives and negatives on both sides.

  • https://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/its-probably-time-to-give-up-on-maikel-franco/
    This article discusses why its time for the Phillies to give up on their third baseman, Maikel Franco, who has failed to live up to expectations, and move on to a new player. It uses his statistics from last season, as well as advanced sabermetrics, to conclude that he was the worst third baseman in baseball, falling to the bottom in most categories among eligible third basemen. While his potential is appealing, these statistics make it hard to see why he is a good choice for the team in the long run.

  • https://www.timeanddate.com/time/change/usa
    This article shows an in depth view of daylight savings and its effect nationwide. I think this is interesting because it is relevant to everyone, and it also changes the way that businesses and other entities. I would find it interesting to examine its effect on electricity bills and certain sector’s changes in production.

  • https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/roy-halladay-was-the-greatest-pitcher-of-his-generation/

    This article talks about Roy Halladay, and just how dominant he was during his time in the MLB, even calling him, “The greatest pitcher of his generation”. This article comes quite unfortunately after his tragic passing just a few days ago. Growing up, Halladay was one of, if not my absolute favorite pitcher to watch in the MLB, and I would 100% agree with this articles argument in stating that he was the greatest pitcher of his time. This article includes data that highlights several facets of his game, and all these stats show just how truly remarkable of a pitcher he was. This article shows how he is at the top of several stat points, having the highest WAR from 2000-2010, as well as having the most complete games from 2000-2010, just to name a few. These stats show just how great of a pitcher Halladay really was.

  • https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/los-angeles-lakers-vs-boston-celtics-odds-picks-from-data-scientist-on-6-1-nba-run/
    This article is about the Lakers and Celtics games and both of their respective odds of winning. A data scientist who is 6-1 so far this season uses the data from the games to make his picks and is very successful in doing so.

  • http://www.techradar.com/news/government-trials-mobile-phone-data-to-track-us

    This article relates to invasion of privacy. In the UK the government is using data transmitted through cell phone to analyze information about the users. By using the data the government can track people and see where they are and how long they stay at one spot. When I read this article it reminded me of Edward Snowden because he told everyone what the government was doing and a lot of people didn’t believe him.

  • https://www.t-mobile.com/optional-services/roaming.html
    This articles focuses on different data plans for international traveling. The best data plan turns out to be free unlimited text messaging and 2G internet in at least 140 countries if you have Tmobile. You can search up whatever country you plan to travel to, and all the data rates for that country will be provided. This article interests me since I love to travel. I plan to travel to several of different countries in my future, and this will be an important factor once I do so.

  • https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2017/nov/05/america-terrorism-risk-global-data-new-york

    This article is about the threat of terrorism. As we all probably know, terrorism is reported heavily in media, and unfortunately this creates the perception that it is much more common than it really is. The data in this article compares daily fatalities in western nations to the rest of the world, over a span of a decade. What the data reveals is that we in the US are not in nearly as much danger of terrorism as the rest of the world. While any fatalities, domestic or worldwide, resulting from terrorism are tragic this article may help westerners get a more objective measure of safety from terrorism.

  • http://www.dataversity.net/brief-history-data-storage/
    This article discusses the history of Data Storage for computers. The first example that was given of this dates back to 1948, where Professor Fredrick Williams used Vacuum Tubes for Random Access Memory. Since then, however, we have been rapidly advancing to storage devices as Hard Drives, Solid State Drives (SSD’s), and Flash Drives. I think this article put into perspective how rapidly data storage has changed over the 70 years. To think that my cell phone has more storage on one SSD than any computer could have in the 1900’s is remarkable. I can not wait to see where and how data storage changes over the next 70+ years.

  • https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesagencycouncil/2017/11/06/five-reasons-you-should-abandon-the-traditional-advertising-mindset/#770f58614646
    This article discusses the way that advertisers traditionally set up their campaigns and the innovation that data has caused to this process. As an advertising student, you learn that research analysis is a very important part of part of the industry because it saves money, makes aids in ROI, and better aligns any campaign to the specific need of the consumer. In the article, McKay brings up the point that more companies should be making a shift towards a “data first” approach because that is truly the only way that marketers and advertisers can accurate gauge what the consumer is looking for.

  • https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/08/us/puerto-rico-deaths-fema.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fus&action=click&contentCollection=us&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=5&pgtype=sectionfront
    This articles talks about the recent devastation in Puerto Rico and how it’s been affecting the whole entire territory. Death tolls have hit 55 in Puerto Rico and people say it’s a result of the rising temperatures, lack of electricity in nursing homes, and many other factors that came about after the storm. It’s interesting to read about it because recently we’ve been seeing a lot of natural disasters in the world, so it’s always good to keep up to date and be informed of what’s going on.

  • http://www.dataversity.net/artificial-intelligence-vs-machine-learning/
    I chose this article because I find artificial intelligence to be completely fascinating. this article says that by 2027 truck drivers and taxi drivers will be replaced weak AIs. Which is crazy because thats an entire line of profession, just gone. The data that is used to make this programs of artificial intelligence is continuously growing to make new products, which make our lives easier and safer. But in doing so it may take away jobs from hard working people.

  • http://www.reuters.com/article/us-cyber-mobile-vulnerability/mobile-app-errors-expose-data-on-180-million-phones-security-firm-idUSKBN1D91ZA?il=0

    I chose this article because in this class we have discussed the affects of large data leaks, like the Ashley Madison scandal. This article stood out because almost everyone has a smartphone or tablet of some sort, but not everyone has an Ashley Madison account. Twilio, the app in question, is an app that users can use to make phone calls, and send text messages. I also found it interesting that the cause for this security breach was not the app’s fault, but the developers of the app. This could be grounds for a major lawsuit against the company.

  • http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/revealed-when-you-should-book-flights-for-your-2018-holiday-to-get-the-cheapest-deals_uk_5a0416f2e4b0f76b05c37301
    An article I found interesting is an article called, “When to Get The Cheapest Flight For Your 2018 Holiday”. I choose this article because I love to travel and I have always wondered if there is a best time to buy airplane tickets, such as the day in the week, or a specific time during the day before they are marked up, especially for holiday seasons. According to the article, the best and safest time to buy an airplane ticket is two months before your travel date, and by doing that you will be saving 34%. This data could become useful when planning my next traveling trip.

  • https://www.forbes.com/sites/bernardmarr/2017/04/28/the-big-risks-of-big-data-in-sports/#55c460707c6f

    This is an interesting article on the dangers of big data in sports. I chose this because I’m interested in the subject of sports and I think the application of next-level data to the field would be fascinating. This article is particularly intriguing because it discusses data security and how large amounts of athlete’s information could be used by opponents to hone in on a particular weakness– for example say the right arm is marginally weaker than the left, that could provide an unfair advantage to an opponent that they wouldn’t pick up just by watching them play

  • Yesterday, former CEO Marissa Mayer testified in front of the US Senate about the 2013 Yahoo data breach. 3 billion accounts were hacked during this breach, leaving U.S consumers personal information exposed. This is worrisome because many online companies require an email and password, and many U.S citizens use the same password for various web services that require an email and password. This lead many American vulnerable to future hacks. I’m interested in seeing what lies ahead for the C.E.Os of companies such as Yahoo, Equifax, and Verizon, and seeing where the U.S future lies as far as online security.

    https://www.cnet.com/news/yahoo-equifax-breach-senate-congress-hearing-marissa-mayer-rick-smith/

  • https://venturebeat.com/2017/12/04/girl-scouts-hope-to-change-the-face-of-ai-robotics-and-data-science/
    This is an article discussing how the Girl Scounts of America is helping to encourage more young women to pursue a career in STEM. Raytheon has teamed up with the GCUSA to launch the first national computer science program and coding challenge for girls in middle and high school. The Girl Scouts also launched 23 new badges in July, which included several that are earned by working toward STEM-specific skills.

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