Section 001, Instructor: Laurel Miller

Weekly Question #2: Complete by February 2, 2017

Leave your response as a comment on this post by the beginning of class on February 2, 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!

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Here is the question (well, it’s not really a question):

Find a online article dated within last two weeks from a credible source that has something to do with data. It can be about the role of data or an interesting data-driven analysis. It should also be relevant to your major and of interest to you. Copy and paste the URL directly into your response followed by a few sentences that explain what is interesting about it.

You can use any of the sources under the “Great Data Sites” menu on the right sidebar of this page, or you can use any online news or magazine site.

61 Responses to Weekly Question #2: Complete by February 2, 2017

  • The role of data is becoming increasingly significant and needed as tensions increase between the U.S. and China regarding the semi-conductor industry. Semi-conductors are basically small chips that allow memory and data to be stored on your smartphone, computers, etc. As semi-conductors become more advanced and demand for electronic appliances increases, demand for semi-conductors is quickly growing. This article discusses talks about China subsidizing its semi-conductor market, which causes concern for the U.S. I thought this article was interesting because it focuses on the tangible products that allow data to be used every day. It will be interesting to see how this market develops and how it will affect foreign relations between the U.S. China, & other countries that heavily import/export semi-conductors. The main prediction is of an increase in tariffs, which can impact other markets as well.

    URL Link: http://www.wsj.com/articles/china-seeks-to-calm-u-s-over-its-semiconductor-ambitions-1485419862

  • http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2058205,00.html?iid=sr-link2

    This article was of interest to me due to me being in the advertising field. The article explains how data from consumers plays a role in catering personal advertisements to people. A particular interesting aspect about the article was that it shows data is not always perfect. The writer shows that data that was collected about his online activity didn’t accurately reflect aspects of his life.

  • This article talks about economists using big data to analyze information about the recent election. They used twitter, internet searches and online mentions to calculate information about different populations of people. It relates to me because I am an economics major.

  • In our upcoming years, many college students will be looking for jobs after graduating. Based upon data currently, the outlook for employment next year is not helping our cause. The unemployment rate is forecast to rise by 0.1%, meaning 3.4 million people worldwide will not have jobs in 2017. If this trend keeps increasing, college students will have a harder time looking for jobs after graduating. I will be personally affected by this as I could not have a job.

    http://www.theactuary.com/news/2017/01/unemployment-to-rise-by-34-million-globally-in-2017/

  • http://flowingdata.com/2017/01/24/one-dataset-visualized-25-ways/

    My major is Statistical Science and Data Analytics, and I am especially interested in data visualization. I found an article from Flowing Data that shows how different methods of displaying a dataset can be used to highlight different characteristics of the data. I found it interesting because the author of the article used the same dataset for all 25 visualizations, but the varying formats of the charts allowed for each to focus on different information. When you are trying to let data speak for itself, it is important to make sure you only highlight the important aspects of the data so there isn’t clutter that distracts from the important trends and aspects of the data.

  • The title of the article is “Data Can Help Brands Own Consumer Relationships” and it is written by Jennifer Pelino. One point she makes is that even with the abundance of data and technology, many marketers still use a generalized or broad, segmented approach. She states that companies could take advantage of deep-dive analytics to track both online and offline behavioral patterns to better understand consumer loyalty tiers and how consumers’ online activities translate into sales. Using this kind of data, companies can make CRM systems increasingly efficient and the relationships between the brands and consumers that much more intimate. While, that’s not the only thing the article mentions, that is the primary point that Pelino makes about data. This strongly correlates to the industry that I want to work in: Media/Advertising/Communications.
    URL: https://adexchanger.com/data-driven-thinking/data-can-help-brands-consumer-relationships/

  • https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jan/27/british-airways-cabin-crew-walkout-strike-pay-dispute

    In this article, it talks about how members of the British Airways cabin crew will go on strike because they are not paid enough. British Airways states that pay starts at £12,192 and will all earn at least £21,000/year, however the crew members are stating that they only earn an average pay of £16,000 (roughly $20,078). This is not only interesting (sadly), but it is also very important because it happens all the time. As an HR major, solving/addressing labor wage disputes (resolving issues between management and employees) will be part of my future job. In the article, it also states an negotiation from a different company and this can be useful data to refer back to when there are wage disputes.

  • This posting about the Management Information Systems major on the Temple University Bulletin. It explains that the MIS program at Temple is ranked 15th in the nation by U.S News and World Report and also top 10 in the U.S. by TechRepublic. The page also uses data of job placements reported by MIS graduates and proudly tells the webpage viewers about the 100% job placement rate. The Career and Placement section is very interesting for current and prospective MIS majors. Data allows for the report of the national average salary of $57,212 for BBA MIS majors, along with those of 76% of IS graduates who are satisfied with their jobs.
    http://bulletin.temple.edu/undergraduate/fox-business-management/management-information-systems/

  • http://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesagencycouncil/2017/01/20/when-it-comes-to-music-marketing-data-is-power/#4fb5c75a6264

    This article is titled “When it Comes to Music Marketing, Data is Power”. I’m a music major so I found this article very useful. It basically talks about how you can use data to ensure profits on the music you release. It also talks about how companies are starting to hire data journalist and data analyst to use data to help them better understand their audience and use that knowledge to “inform when, where, and how to post music and achieve hit-making results.”

  • https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jan/28/apple-app-store-pokemon-go-no-sign-of-stopping-sales-booming
    “Pokémon Go and no sign of stopping: Apple’s App Store sales boom,” As a company that is known well throughout the world, it is constantly improving itself. Apple is now focusing on the sales of the App store since profits can be made from it but the only challenge would be discovering the popular app that would bring in a big amount of profit to the company. Business in the app industry is based on the popularity and the demand of the consumers.

  • https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/240388- The article which I have read was based off of Entrepreneur.com, and the topic was “5 Steps to building a million dollar business”. As a Marketing major, this business related article had caught my attention, and I had found it to be a very interesting one. It discussed aspects such as “finding a growing market” and “consuming data” as you must be up to date on the statistics of things currently in order to create a very successful business. Key Performance Indicators and running statistical tests are two very important factors of data within a business. Data plays a very crucial role in this process, and I had found it to be fascinating.

  • URL: https://www.cnet.com/news/data-privacy-cybersecurity-hack-devices-toys-fitness-trackers-cars-stole-information/ -In the article, it is discussed that our privacy is slowly disappearing and that everything is becoming digital. Our watches, cars, and televisions are just some of the items collecting all sorts of personal data from us. The debate whether this data is use against us or not comes down to an argument. Some could say that the data collected from these devices help personalize the device to fit yourself, and that the data sent back to the company is so that company could discover more about the user. On the other side of the coin, not everyone wants a company knowing everything about them. This sure comes down to ethics when talking about collecting data and privacy.

  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/airbnb-trump-muslim-refugee-ban_us_588e26fce4b01763779503d8

    Airbnb, a data driven company, is essentially a database consisting of attributes about users’ homes for rent and it filters that data for customers who wish to rent. The company uses this data to efficiently transact rental agreements between two parties. This article talks about how airbnb is using their app to help refugees find free housing. Not only is this current and relevant, but it interests me because I have used this app for travel and recreation when it is now a beacon of hope!

  • In this article, snapchat talks about the hugely increased demand for advertising on snapchat. Snapchat has grown dramtically within the past few years. Over 40% of 18-35 year olds are now using the app daily. I see from my own eyes, snapchat has made a huge impact on the world and advertising though it has to be one of the greatest ways to advertise. I find this very interesting and also a great idea to advertise on snapchat. I feel like not to many businesses are on snapchat or actively using the app to communicate with their customers. Snapchat has also been getting many more geotags and have been investing a lot of time and money into seeing the results. I think personally for a business this would be a great thing.

    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/may/03/snapchat-geofilter-custom-filter-prom-wedding

  • https://www.theguardian.com/society/datablog/2017/jan/27/the-dirtiest-things-in-your-home-in-data
    This article contains data on what the dirtiest items in homes are, and the average amount of bacteria that were in each item. The highest bacteria count per item was found on kitchen sponges, not surprisingly. This article is of interest to me because I live in a very dirty house and I am always looking for ways to be cleaner. By knowing some of the dirtier items in my home, ones containing large amounts of bacteria, I know which items to clean more often.

  • https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170130083414.htm
    This article from Science Daily discusses how researchers at Penn are using big data to predict which of their cancer patients are likely to require a trip to the hospital. By compiling data from things like recent lab tests, radiology visits, and patient-reported symptoms, data miners and doctors are coming up with a formula that can predict if lung cancer patients will need a hospital visit in the near future. I find this fascinating because it was previously impossible to predict with much accuracy when a patient would require a hospital visit. These preventative measures will save lives, which is a proposition that anyone can get behind.

  • The article is about the effects of melatonin on inducing sleep and fighting jet lag. After an analysis of 19 studies, researchers have found that even though melatonin can make people go to sleep faster, it cannot cure insomnia. However, it can alter our internal body clock, which can help with preventing jet lag. After collecting and analyzing the data from 10 studies, researchers have found that people who take melatonin close to their destinations’ sleep time are less likely to endure serious jet lag. What interesting about the article is that it provides the most effective way to take melatonin to not suffer from severe jet lag, which is really useful to me as I will travel back to my hometown this summer, where the time difference is 12 hours compare to the U.S.

  • https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/what-it-takes-to-truly-delete-data/

    This article is interesting because it brings its readers’ attention to what it takes for data to really be deleted. According to Mimi Onuoha, in order for data to be completely deleted it has to be wiped by a specific algorithm multiple times. However, even though data can be deleted from the internet, data can be backed up or copied which puts a limitation on the deletion process. This relates to me because my major is Journalism and a big part of it is research on a subject or event. So, making it difficult to delete what’s on the internet could be seen as a positive when looking for the data and information needed to complete an accurate article, although I do realize the negative aspects, such as the lack of privacy.

  • http://www.forbes.com/sites/riskmap/2017/01/30/whats-in-store-for-global-cyber-security-in-2017/#3143fd7d5e0d

    This article was interesting to me because I am intrigued by the cyber security field. It also focused on the current situation regarding the cyber threat landscape, and the immediate future of cyber security in 2017. Nations around the world are shifting towards data protectionism, enforcing national borders for data and restraining the flow of data globally. This is likely to lead for more complicated international business negotiations for companies looking to communicate freely through open data.

  • http://mashable.com/2014/07/09/big-data-real-estate/#1pdi2rENFgqd

    I choose this article because it has data tied in with a field that I can hopefully get into after I finish college. This article showed me how the data is collected and used to help people in the field. The article breaks the data in 5 sections Democratizing data for the real-estate consumer, Better understanding communities, Investors and banks: Foreclosure and short-sale changes, Roles of real estate agents, and Boosting pitches. These 5 categories help you understand and excel in the field with the data that’s given. Hopefully one day i can be the one analyzing the data to my own benefit.

  • https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/obama-leaves-behind-a-job-market-that-is-finally-mostly-healthy/

    Obama has officially left the White House and we are now all faced with our newest President, Donald Trump. While the last eight years have shown job growth and in an increase in hourly earnings, this past January under Obama has been different. It’s a common fact that Republican supports have been throwing around that Obama has been creating less jobs and the dollar per hour as decreased. Unfortunetly, many don’t see the other side of things, if there are 3 million added jobs in 2013, and 2.5 added in 2014, yes of course the number has gone down, but so has the amount of American’s looking for work.

  • http://www.pewinternet.org/2017/01/26/1-americans-experiences-with-data-security/
    The article “Americans and Cybersecurity” reports that most Americans have experienced some kind of data breach. I am an actuarial science major, so this risk could be related to something in my line of work. Additionally, I have information online behind passwords that could be breached. Even though there are many people who have had their data compromised, an even larger number of Americans are unconcerned with the data leakage online. This is worrying, as people are not as aware and afraid of data breaches as they should be. Over time, it will be interesting to see if any large data breach will make people begin to fear online data breaches more, or if things will continue the way they are currently.

  • The article states how McDonald’s has begun or is going to see a loss in their profits. It is said that McDonald’s could see a sales decline of 1.9%. In order to increase the profits McDonald’s is planning on adding a new sandwich to their list which is the Grand Mac, it is even bigger then the regular Big Mac. The reason that McDonald’s adding new products to their list is because they have began to lose money. McDonald’s is also keeping the regular Big Mac, and also adding the Mac Jr, which is smaller than the Big Mac for cheaper price. McDonald’s needed this change in order to make more profit. I have chosen this topic because it is something to do with business and I am a business major.

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jan/22/mcdonalds-grand-mac-burger-profits-down

  • http://flowingdata.com/2017/01/25/declining-trust-in-statistics/
    This article as well as the main article https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jan/19/crisis-of-statistics-big-data-democracy discussed the lack of trust in statistics that has emerged following the election, this is of interest to me as I’m going into the field of politics and journalism. The election results, the failure of polls during the campaigns and the lack of attention that individuals received has played into the post-election division in trust of statistics. Article discusses how the focus on America as a whole in terms of certain progress statistics, such as GDP, unemployment, and net migration is incredibly scenario-specific. For example, the article says “If you live in one of the towns in the Welsh valleys that was once dependent on steel manufacturing or mining for jobs, politicians talking of how “the economy” is “doing well” are likely to breed additional resentment. From that standpoint, the term “GDP” fails to capture anything meaningful or credible.” Through this example, the scenario-specific nature of statistics in this era, as well as the lack of accuracy during the election and the election results has created a polarized nation, with both sides deeply entrenched in their views about the trustworthiness of statistics.

  • http://www.forbes.com/sites/danielnewman/2017/01/31/realizing-the-potential-of-big-data-and-analytics/#55ff3e151c66

    The article, “Realizing The Potential of Big Data and Analytics,” discussed how many companies around the globe have big data, but may not be using it in ways that can potentially benefit themselves in their decision making processes. One focal point in this article involves how 2017 may be the year when this big data is put to use more commonly among many companies. I found this article interesting because we discuss in class how there is a plethora of data out there and how, if used correctly and effectively, can positively impact a business. Having studied at the Fox School for some time now, I have heard this term “big data” be thrown around a lot and it seems everyone knows about it, especially businesses. So, it is interesting to read an article that states this year is the year it will become “mainstream” because I already thought it was.

  • http://www.pewinternet.org/2017/01/26/americans-and-cybersecurity/

    The article is titled “Americans and Cybersecurity” and talks about how Americans feel about their information being on the Internet. The article talked about the hacking of information such as the release of emails, the release of testing records of the World Anti-Doping Agency, and the statement that the Russian government was involved in the hack of the DNC. After speaking about hacking, the article talks about how a majority of Americans(64%) have experienced a major data breach. The article was interesting to read because it was similar to what we were talking about in class the other day about cybersecurity and the Ashley Madison hack.

  • This article is titled, “Thirty years of Pixar”, this data shows the profits made by Pixar’s feature films compared to the budge that they used. I liked how they represented the data in a grid, with a timeline along with the profit instead of an average chart. I am an Art Major and Pixar is definitely one of my favorite animation companies. I never thought about going into animation, but this was very interesting to look at and see how much they have made from their creations. It was cool to see the profits of some of the movies compared to the budge that they had. I was surprised at how some movies didn’t make as much profit as I expected.

    https://www.theguardian.com/film/datablog/2016/aug/19/thirty-years-of-pixar-from-toy-story-to-finding-dory-the-studios-biggest-hits

  • http://www.forbes.com/sites/bernardmarr/2015/03/25/big-data-the-winning-formula-in-sports/#755ae98926dc

    This is article called ” Big Data : The Winning Formula In Sports ” was very appealing to me because I am a huge sports fan. This article talked about how professional sports teams across the world are now implementing big data into their development. These teams track their players in game movements to learn every detail about their strengths and weaknesses. They track every possible thing they can think of and try to come up with efficient and smart ways to improve the health and performance of their teams. Big Data has made its way into the sports market and it seems it is there to stay.

  • The article, “A big Chinese province admits faking its economic data,” talks about the Chinese government recently admitting to faking its fiscal data for the past few years. They had been overstating their numbers. In class, we spoke about unreliable data and this is one of the issues with data when people––in this case, the Chinese government––provide misleading data to the world. This is said to be one of the biggest scandals in Chinese history.

    URL: http://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21715688-typical-say-cynics-cleaning-up-last-say-optimists-big-chinese-province

  • URL: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/trumps-immigration-order-could-affect-thousands-of-college-students/
    Everybody is aware this past week President Trump signed an executive order temporarily preventing citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S. This fact affected tremendously college students who were studying or planning to study in the U.S. Specialists concluded that restricting students from these countries could have a negative impact on the U.S. economy (and since my major is Economics this topic is really relevant for me). Using 2008-12 data, they found that two-thirds of foreign students study science and technology or business and marketing and also that there are not enough U.S.-born graduates prepared to work in these fields, which are sectors considered “vital to the nation’s economic growth”.

  • URL: https://www.forbes.com/sites/vmware/2017/01/26/prepare-for-next-generation-retail-the-future-of-retail-mobility/#772a14221e90

    This article is called, “Prepare For Next-Generation Retail: The Future of Retail Mobility”, discusses the trends in the retail business like hyper-connectivity, wearables, and augmented reality. This article appeals to me and why I find it interesting is that I own my own online retail business where I sell sports apparel and goes with my field of interest, which is Supply Chain Management. The article acknowledges that mobile devices and appliances will become multi-dimensional in the layers of customers experiences and main distribution center of products. It touches upon the rise of mixing the physical and digital world to interact with customers. Data it gathers in this article is from Ovum where it states that wearable devices (ex: smart watch) will reach 650 million in 2020. In the end, the situation retailers will face along with consumers is that retailers must find and implement digital solutions to keep up with technology trends.

  • http://www.zdnet.com/article/blockchain-sees-data-security-potential-in-singapore/

    This article describes how the technology “blockchain” has changed the way data is transferred and received.This new technology has changed the processes for many companies including the Tech giant IBM. This technology allows for safe transfer of data and correct verification. This can help pharma companies secure patient information. I thought this was very interesting because it allows a faster transfer of medical data so the right professionals can acquire that information.

  • https://www.cnpp.usda.gov/sites/default/files/expenditures_on_children_by_families/crc2013.pdf

    this article talks about the cost of children in different levels of income households. an wealthy income household is more likely to spend more money on their children than low income homes. in the past years the money spent on food has significantly decrease from 2013- 2014

  • https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/significant-digits-for-wednesday-feb-1-2017/

    The article that I chose is titled, “Significant Digits for Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017.” The article take numbers and percentages and related them to an event that happened on the day February first. One of the events was that property owners and residents of Flint Michigan are suing the EPA 700 million dollars in damages to the cities crisis. Along with another event that stated that in an American Airlines plane coming back from Columbia, 31 pounds of cocaine was found inside. I think this article is interesting because if they made one everyday, not only would it be a way to keep up with current events. But, it would be cool to see the numbers and percentages associated with certain current events.

  • https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/26/sports/nfl-injuries-report.html?_r=0
    This article that I have chosen discusses the facts and numbers about concussions and other injuries endured during the NFL’s past couple of seasons. It shares with us the numbers of injuries that have occurred. while also presenting quotes from doctors and other analysts that are involved with the NFL injury sector. They all seem to say that they have had a positive outcome from rule changes, however the numbers show that there is barely a difference in injuries from year to year. I find this article interesting because I am a big fan of the NFL, and they have increasingly changed the rules of the game to keep players from getting injured; however the numbers show that it has not been that effective.

  • https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2015/jan/05/top-10-budget-beach-stays-hotels-south-africa-western-cape
    This article contains the best places to stay in South Africa. Similar to the burrito article, these hotels were collected through investigation and data. They had to collect the least expensive and highest quality hotels to come up with these answers. It is of interest to me because as an avid traveler, I am always looking for the best places to go. Sites like these facilitate my travel plans.

  • http://travel.usnews.com/features/5-places-to-visit-where-the-us-dollar-is-strong/
    This article is from U.S. News and World Report and it talks about where the best exchange rates are for the U.S. dollar. The article gives examples like Mexico, London and Ireland, where the exchange rate is strong and beneficial to you. It provides what one U.S. dollar would equal in several countries. The writer explains how if you plan wisely, your money will go further while traveling through these certain destinations.

  • https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/feb/01/deleteuber-company-automates-account-removal-due-to-demand

    This article discusses the #DeleteUber hashtag that was trending for a majority the weekend, when Uber lifted their surge pricing during protests about Trump’s recent ban. Data was collected to see what topics were trending and whose apps (Uber/Lyft) were downloaded and/or deleted. This relates to my major because I am in advertising and this is a PR and marketing nightmare for Uber.

  • This article talks about the government of Australia creating a sovereign fund and investing in a data security startup. Since I am a finance major this article is of a lot of interest to me. A $45 million venture capitalist type of investment in a startup is unprecedented of any foreign government in the world. Bitglass, the data security firm, aims to protect data stored on servers outside corporate networks. These networks are a point of a potential loophole in the security system as workforces increasingly access externally stored computer files using mobile devices, and therefore are vulnerable to cyber attacks. Bitglass serves as a firewall for cloud sourced and managed data. I believe that this was an interesting read for me as Data encryption and protection has now become a necessity in today’s world for big corporates firms such that business models are being developed to serve the purpose of protecting data.

    URL: http://fortune.com/2017/01/06/australia-fund-raise-bitglass/

  • This article focuses on the upcoming event the Super Bowl and how advertisements in this event is the best time to present your brand. What makes this article interesting is though many watch these ads then a normal typical day very few actually buy the product. These companies still believe in their opinion that the Super Bowl is the best and biggest opportunity to show off their brand for many to see and also brings up points and arguments of why companies are doing everything to get their 20 second ad on TV that day of event.

  • Data has become a major part in today’s every-changing world. The Indian government has finally understood the importance of big data; it will start implementing machine learning and data mining techniques in order to solve problems. Arun Jaitley, the country’s finance minister, announced in his Budget 2017 speech that the government has decided to use data mining methods to get hold of tax evaders. According to him, only 76 lakh Indians earn an income of over Rs 5 lakh, and of these, 56 lakh are salaried. Jaitley states that only 20 lakh traders, businessman, and other people, who are part of the informal economy, pay taxes. The country’s tax to GDP ratio is low, and the proportion of direct tax to indirect tax is not ideal from a social justice perspective. He concludes by saying that the country is essentially a tax non-compliance society. The issues of a gap between tax collection and income, and irregular consumption patterns in the economy can be solved with the help of data mining practices. It will help expand the tax net, and increase revenues, which was one of the primary goals of the demonetization step. I found this article interesting as India is on its way to become a major economic powerhouse, and the government is taking serious action to transform the country. This budget is a message to the Indian citizens and to the world that the government is dedicated to its objective to develop the governance of the country.

    URL: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/you-and-taxes/tax-evasion-indias-new-normal-only-76-lakh-indians-showed-income-of-over-rs-5-lakh-says-arun-jaitley/articleshow/56914051.cms

  • CARBON COUNTDOWN CLOCK
    I found this article is pretty interesting because it has an automatical clock on the screen showing the carbon CO2. The Earth provides us a finite amount of carbon (2900 GtCO2-e) that we can use. According to Global Carbon Project, we only have 19 years and 336 days left until our carbon budget will be exceeded if our emissions stay the same. After that, global warming will be higher than 2C. This article raises an alarming concern about the environment and climate change. Linking this article to Philly’s weather (and other places), I make a hypothesis of why Philly is less snowy and warmer than before. Also, I think this countdown clock is a great reminder for industrial factories to keep their eyes on how much pollution they are producing to the world.
    Oh and at the moment I post this comment, there are 362,918 total emissions in tons (CO2-e) since I started writing this comment!
    URL: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/datablog/2017/jan/19/carbon-countdown-clock-how-much-of-the-worlds-carbon-budget-have-we-spent

  • This article talks about how Facebook has exceeded expectations in regards to earnings per share and revenue. Facebook has increased the numbers of advertisement on user’s news feed and exceeded expected revenue by over 300 million dollars. 84% of advertisement revenue came from mobile users alone. The articles also display graphs of how much Facebook has grown with the increase in users, mobile users, active users, and revenue.

    URL: http://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-q4-earnings-results-2017-2

  • http://newamericamedia.org/2017/02/remembering-the-devastating-lowell-flood-of-2006.php
    This article talks about a terrible flood that struck parts of New England back in 2006 and how climate change may impact the same communities in the years to come. The floods in 2006 caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damage and that new weather patterns from climate change appears to be causing more property damage over time. As an Actuarial Science major, this is relevant to me because all the property damage leads to insurance claims and climate change may cause insurance premiums to increase as well as other unexpected effects.

  • http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-38771329

    This article focused on misinterpreting data and how this can cause back-sets when it comes to government work. The Welsh government was set to have an inquiry on Nov. 1st about a relief road being built in order to relieve traffic. Unfortunately, due to inaccurate data the inquiry will be moved to Feb. 28th, in order to better revise traffic forecasts. Inspector William Wadrup explained, “”So they (the Welsh Government) were less confident of the traffic case and the precision of it. So effectively they froze the process.” It’s interesting to see how inaccurate data can disrupt the entire flow of a process that already will need a lot of time to complete.

  • Over the last decade or so, the that fact that the Top 1% have seen their wealth increase dramatically, is a fact that has been infamously known not only throughout the United States but also throughout the world. This article combines the data of the college students’ admissions rate with that of their parents’ income, in order to essentially conclude that there is a strong relationship between the students’ parental income and his/her final choice of college. Furthermore, one interesting fact that cleverly summarizes the article in a sentence is : “Students from this zenith of the income scale (0.1%) are 315 times likelier to attend Princeton than those from the bottom 20%”

    http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21715735-new-data-show-joining-1-remains-unsettlingly-hereditary-skipping-class

  • The article, “What It Takes to Truly Be ‘One of Us,’” talks about how people define their national identity while they are moving across the world these days. The author, BRUCE STOKES, compares various countries, different age groups, and also different parties to see the different opinions on national identity. From the data he uses, more percentage of people older than 50 think birthplace is important than younger age groups.Also, most Democrats and Republicans say that the ability to speak English is much more important to be a true American than birthplace. It is interesting because my cousin was born in the U.S. but I was not. Even we both speak English, we act totally differently.
    http://www.pewglobal.org/2017/02/01/what-it-takes-to-truly-be-one-of-us/

  • La Trobe University students published their review on apps that are basically created to help children with speech disorders. So many apps can be used from day-to-day that help the clients practice outside of the clinic. They can increase involvement with family members, and helps give meaningful data for us, as speech pathologists, to monitor the patient’s progress when using the app. The areas you can choose from are are functionality, aesthetics, information quality, subjective quality, and perceived impacts.The publishers said that aside from economic and functionality benefits, patients may be more likely to use it because it is pleasing to the eye and it’s convenience. These sorts of apps help patients work on the skills they are learning at their therapy sessions.
    URL: http://www.imedicalapps.com/2017/01/protocol-quality-apps-speech-disorders/#

  • https://qz.com/877721/the-ai-master-bested-the-worlds-top-go-players-and-then-revealed-itself-as-googles-alphago-in-disguise/
    As the article’s title “Google’s AlphaGo AI secretively won more than 50 straight games against the world’s top Go players”, the result shocked a lot of people. Last year, AlphaGo beat the Korean best go player Lee Sedol. Many people started to guess how AlphaGo works? Google’s scientists said it depend on big data analyze, the AlphaGo can practice and remember by itself. Last year, human can win one game in a totally series 5 games, but now human lost straight 60 games. In the past, human thought AI would never win a best go player, even AI win in chess. But now AlphaGo depend on big data analyze and calculate ability, it beat a lot of world’s best go player. Now many people even worry about AI human will attack just like the film “I robot.”

  • http://dataconomy.com/2016/05/three-unexpected-uses-3d-printing-big-data/
    I choose this article because I study 3d printing and this is the field i am interested. This article explains how 3d printing can help manufacturers and researchers by working together with big data. First, 3d printing allows faster and easier understanding of data by creating better visualization. Second, 3d printed electronics can lead to less wasted time and resources in the manufacturing process which can solve the printing data storage issues in many companies. Last, while manufactures 3D print their product, big data can keep it safe by reporting any drawbacks in the process of printing.

  • https://catalog.data.gov/dataset/pet-data-2017-adoptions

    Pets have always been a huge part of my life since I was younger but the biggest problem with pets is that most of the times their owners are not capable to keep up with them and end up abandoning them on the street. This data set takes in consideration all the adoptions made in 2017 of all kinds of pets in particular cats and dogs. Moreover, I personally picked this article because in the future I would like to open an animal shelter where people do not need money to get a pet, but only the love they need from their owners.

  • URL: http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/18599645/barnwell-super-bowl-li-preview-new-england-patriots-atlanta-falcons
    This article is about Super Bowl preview and a prediction written by Bill Barnwell from ESPN. In this article, he explains why he is believing and predicting this way by giving all the statistics and data. Likewise, data could be used in every area and every aspect by how we analyze and interpret them. As a sport management major, it is significant that data could be applied to sport in many ways.

  • I read an article that was all about electric cars and solar panels. Although I do not utilize either of these things, it got me thinking about ways I can implement into my own lifestyle to conserve energy. Also, in terms of thinking about buying a car, which is on my mind right now, I should take into consideration many different things, especially MPG and if it even runs on gas in the first place. The article discussed many benefits of owning an electric car, and posits that by 2030, over one third of available cars for purchase will be electric cars, and about two thirds by 2050. All of the data they provided was very convincing and from credible sources, so I will definitely take it into consideration when buying my own car in the future. They also discussed the potential drastic decrease in demand for oil and coal, which is obvious since the cars could run on either electricity or solar power.

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/feb/02/electric-cars-cheap-solar-power-halt-fossil-fuel-growth-2020

  • http://www.voanews.com/a/self-driving-cars-needing-less-human-help/3702356.html

    The article is about how data is collected in creating the software foe fully autonomous vehicles. After certain betas and prototypes are created they need to be tested on pub;ic roads. The computer system collects data from its surrounding that is used to perfect the software. I found this particular article interesting because it has gotten to a point that we do not need as much human interaction. The software can be generated just from robotics driving themselves collecting data.

  • The article I found is centered around analytics in sports, particularly the NBA and how two of its best big men have some large flaws in their play. The first article talks about Demarcus Cousins and how his slow style of play does not match with the up-tempo style his new team the Pelicans play with and how at the rate which their both go will likely leave the team under performing if not playing styles are not changed. The other part of the article talks about the emergence of Joel Embiid is being slowed by his turn problem, where his turn over ratio is at the top of the league which is not good news for him or his team the 76ers. This relates to what I want to do as a sport and recreation management major because one of my possible jobs I want to pursue isa job that works with analytics and metrics in sport.

  • https://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/medical-school-admissions-doctor/articles/2017-01-03/3-medical-school-admissions-trends-to-watch-in-2017
    This article explains some trends of Medical Trends of 2017. It goes into depth of the amount of people who applied to Medical school v.s. the amount that actually got in, and talks about the rise of MCAT scores over the past few years. One thing that I found interesting was that many medical schools are digging through applicants social media as well. Many medical programs have also been examining personal strengths as well as test scores and transcripts. I found interest in this topic because I would like to go to medical school after college and I will have to take into account these factors and data.

  • https://www.theguardian.com/society/datablog/2016/dec/13/europeans-massively-overestimate-muslim-population-poll-shows
    This article talks about the percentage of Muslim refuges in Europe. This article is relevant and of interest to me because i myself is Muslim and as a human care about refugees around the world. The data in the article shows the percentage of Muslim population in different European countries and and the projected percentage in 2020.

  • https://rsf.org/en/ranking

    This is an interesting map that displays the rights of press for each country. It comes from the Reporters Without Borders website and shows which countries allow the most freedom for press and which ones were most restricted. I think this is really interesting to look at since it displays which countries are truly democratic throughout the world. It is also interesting to note that United States ranked 43rd out of 180 countries which is a little bit disappointing to see.

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