What is Data Mining? Computers Prevent Information Overload

The tiny bits of data can cause information overload without the help of a computer program and data mining. Image by gerard79

We can now program computers to evaluate huge piles of data to pull out only the specific information we want or need. Data mining is useful in all industries – and in science.

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2013 Flu Trends Map is Red: Where Does Google Get Symptom Information?

The Flu Trends map shows intense flu activity - how does Google know that? Image of Google Maps by VLN

Google’s Flu Trends map is almost solid red, indicating intense flu activity across the entire United States – but how does the search engine get the data?

Deep Blue and Chess: A Landmark in Artificial Intelligence?

Chess game. Photo: Graham Kendall

Deep Blue, the program that beat World Chess champion Garry Kasparov, holds an important place in artificial intelligence history. How did the computer win?

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The ACM Awards the 2011 Turing Prize for Computing to Judea Pearl

The Turing Award was first given in 1966: Image by julostock

The ACM Turing Award winner for 2011 is Judea Pearl. This computing award has been presented annually since 1966, with multiple recipients in some years. This year’s winner has advanced artificial intelligence by improving the way in which AI programs acquire additional information, among other things. The first winner of the Turing award, Alan Jay […]

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Data Mining Tool Advances: MINE Ranks Multiple Patterns

Brothers David Reshef (second from left) and Yakir Reshef (right) developed MIC under the guidance of advisers Michael Mitzenmacher (left) of the Harvard University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Pardis Sabeti (second from right) of the Broad Institute. Photo by ChieYu Lin

A new data mining tool created by Harvard University and MIT’s Broad Institute can not only sort vast data sets to find patterns, it can also rank multiple patterns within the data. Why is this significant? Data mining in general is a great tool for pulling pertinent information out of groups of data, but when […]

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