Archive for the data mining Category

Web Decision and Caterina Fake (Flickr)

Posted on August 8, 2010 by

After exploring some recent efforts at data mining in medicine in this blog, I yeared for more info about the use of data mining in social media generally. This isn’t easy to come by if you are not in this arena. I did find some relevant writings on a fairly new site called Hunch and its co-founder Caterina Fake, who […]

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Virtual Reality Computer Models Accurately Predict Results of Real Battles

Posted on May 9, 2010 by

New computer modeling based on human behaviors in the past have resulted in the ability of military analysts to predict the probable outcome of particular battles. The research is being done at The University of Maryland and is expected to enhance the battlefield decision making processes in a major way.

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What happens if political gridlock kills healthcare

Posted on March 8, 2010 by

Few have projected the details of what will occur if the current healthcare initiatives are stalemated in Washington. There has been some general talk of costly overruns for Medicare and a significant increase in interest rates as well as a depressed stock market but these hallmarks really don’t mean much. I would like someone to […]

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Posted on January 19, 2010 by

The hackers which penetrated Google’s defenses recently demonstrated a level of sophistication which paints a frightening picture of just how vulnerable the internet is. The hackers used a combination of encryption, stealth programing and found an unknown hole in internet Explorer. A dozen or more pieces of malware and numerous lawyers of encryption allowed the […]

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Sergey Brin’s Search For a Parkinson’s Cure

Posted on January 15, 2010 by This WIRED article, about Sergey Brin’s use of data-mining and social networking for the advancement of medical science is really worth reading for so many reasons. It explores the interface between data mining and medicine;  the slowness of present medical research under traditional paradigms and connects social networking to medical research and more. Brin, […]

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Google: Glimmer of a Soul?

Posted on January 13, 2010 by

Following on the heels of Google’s announcement that it may pull out of China, Joe Schoendorf, a Partner at Accel Partners, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm told the New York Times “Google has Microsoft on the ropes, and China is arguably the world’s most important market outside of the U.S. You don’t walk away […]

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A Job for Predictive Analytics; increased cost for Prescription Drugs

Posted on January 12, 2010 by

The steady and significant increases in the price of medicines, which has no indication of slowing, cries out for an extrapolation of costs going forward. Statheads come forth. Between October 2008 and September 2009, the brand-named medications most commonly used by Medicare beneficiaries rose an average of 9.3 percent. Interestingly, this was a period when […]

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Posted on December 14, 2009 by

This tidbit of creative thinking was found on the site of Jonathan Nguyen, who works in PR andcrises management. He saw a news story about George Sodini, who murdered three and wounded nine others in a Pennsylvania gym before killing himself. Sodini had talked about his plans on his blog, as have many others. Now, […]

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Posted on November 13, 2009 by

A 2007 article in Good Magazine summarized the work of Bruce Bueno de Mesquita who claims to predict mathematically, “virtually any international conflict, provided the basic inputs are accurate.” Bueno de Mesquita can also be seen on You Tube giving lectures. His work, which some dismiss too readily, raises important issues concerning the use of […]

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Posted on June 5, 2009 by

  This is my first blog about the future. Yesterday, I went to see Star Trek and although my expectations were tempered from prior Star Trek films, I came away thinking that this one had a lot to it and a lot that is relevant to this particular point in human history, where all that is past and […]

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