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Interview with Michael Batty

How do you analyse a billion records of Oyster card tap-ins and tap-outs? Tobias talks to Michael Batty, Chair of the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at UCL, about how …

Week 8 round-up

In Week 8, we began to explore how big data might help reduce the impact of disasters, and how new data sources can help us understand how people move around. …

Week 7 round-up

In Week 7, we began to explore how big data might help us measure and improve our happiness. Here’s a brief summary to help you prepare for Week 8. You …

Crowdsourcing maps to provide disaster aid

In 2010, an earthquake of catastrophic magnitude hit Haiti, with devastating results. To deliver the aid required, aid workers needed the best possible understanding of the layout of the island, …

Identifying individuals in big data

We often hear that big data sets which describe our behaviour have been “anonymised” to protect our privacy. Does this really work? Is it really impossible to re-identify an individual …

Predicting the spread of epidemics

We’ve discussed how big data might help us generate better estimates of how many people have an illness right now, rather than one or two weeks ago. Beyond estimating how …

Detecting flu infections with Google searches

Traditional measurements of the number of people who currently have the flu rely on flu patients visiting their doctor, and their doctor reporting flu cases to a central health authority, …

Week 5 round up

In Week 5, you had a chance to catch up, but also worked with us to crowdsource some new data. A big thanks to everyone who took part! By playing …

Google data and trading in the stock markets

The Internet has now become a central source of information for many. How might searches for information about a company online be related to trading of that company’s stocks? Watch …

Interview with H. Eugene Stanley

We all know that large stock market falls can happen, and that when they do, they can impact the wellbeing of people around the world. However, such events are rare. …