Using Forum and Search Data for Sales Prediction

By David Steinberg. MIS Quarterly is a management and information science journal that publishes many articles that make interesting and unusual use of data. A good example is the forthcoming article by Geva et al., which exploits internet data for sales prediction.   Their work builds on many previous articles that use data from social media websites … Continue reading Using Forum and Search Data for Sales Prediction

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50 Years of Data Science

By David Steinberg.  Data Science has become a rallying cry for universities, research organizations, and many commercial and industrial companies. We are surrounded by ever increasing amounts of data and by myriad methods and algorithms to take advantage of them. Rallying cry aside, no one seems to be very clear about just what IS data … Continue reading 50 Years of Data Science

Accurate estimation of influenza epidemics using Google search data

By David Steinberg.  A 2008 (November 11) New York Times article trumpeted the success of Google Flu Trends (GFT) in tracking the progress of annual influenza outbreaks in the United States. The GFT assessments used data on search words to estimate the number of individuals affected with influenza like illness (ILI). By comparison to the official … Continue reading Accurate estimation of influenza epidemics using Google search data