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Big Data, the Deep Web, and Election 2012

In the days leading up to and following the election, there have been many articles about the role of Big Data in the election. Here are just a few: How Big Data Could Determine the Winner of Today’s Election – Huffington Post Inside the Secret World of the Data Crunchers Who Helped Obama Win – […]


The Deep Web and Breast Cancer Research

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a recent CNN article published these stats from the American Cancer Society. “According to the latest data from the American Cancer Society, death rates from breast cancer among U.S. women have gone down 2.2% each year between 1990 and 2007, with larger declines among women younger than 50. […]


Increasing Research Efficiency: Case Study for Big Data and Healthcare

A new theme in the healthcare industry is “translational research.” Translational research is defined as work intended to move quickly from laboratory to patient, directly affecting patient care. Through translational research, laboratory and clinical scientists collaborate and draw conclusions from the same pool of data; this collaboration strengthens the connection between the two distinct areas […]


Ohio Unhappy with the Debate

During the three hours of the debate, we monitored the most popular words. Wow, not for virgin eyes. Apparently, there was some bubbling anger as seen in the debate’s word cloud for Twitter users in Ohio mentioning Romney or Obama:


Obama wins the pre-debate Twitter mentions

While the news outlets dissect who won the second presidential debate, we decided to crunch the numbers on who enjoyed the biggest Twitter momentum ahead of the debate. We take a look at two of the important swing states of Ohio and Iowa and found that Obama enjoyed a boost in mentions and positive words. Take a look: