Big Data, innovative research

An inter­dis­ci­pli­nary group of North­eastern fac­ulty and stu­dents led inter­ac­tive demos and pre­sen­ta­tions show­casing research projects that leverage Big Data at the university’s sixth Pop Up Open Lab Expe­ri­ence and Recep­tion on Monday.

Study: some online shoppers pay more than others

A new study co-​​authored by a team of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity fac­ulty and stu­dents has found numerous instances of price steering and dis­crim­i­na­tion on many pop­ular e-​​commerce retail and travel web­sites. That’s not nec­es­sarily a bad thing, they say—so long as the com­pa­nies are transparent.

Military history in the digital age

North­eastern, with sup­port from the National Endow­ment for the Human­i­ties, hosted a work­shop to intro­duce mil­i­tary his­to­rians to dig­ital tools that could help them advance their own work and forge new col­lab­o­ra­tions with colleagues.

Take 5: Can’t-miss campus events in October

North­eastern has sev­eral exciting and engaging events planned this month. Here are five, which range from campus art and Huskies hockey to Big Data research and Pro­files in Innovation.

Blog:  iNSolution

Whoo-​​hoo! A Simpsons word-​​search tool

Ben Schmidt, an assis­tant pro­fessor of his­tory who spe­cial­izes in the dig­ital human­i­ties, has cre­ated a Book­worm that allows users to search ref­er­ences to spe­cific words used throughout The Simp­sons’ 25-​​season run by season, episode, and even time within each episode. Excellent.

Climate change research goes to the extremes

In a new paper, North­eastern researchers show how they’ve used advanced com­pu­ta­tional data sci­ence tools to demon­strate that despite global warming, we may still expe­ri­ence severe cold snaps due to increasing vari­ability in tem­per­a­ture extremes.

3Qs: Big Data project reaches for the ‘cloud’

North­eastern is a key partner in the Mass­a­chu­setts Open Cloud Project, a university-​​industry col­lab­o­ra­tion designed to create a new public cloud com­puting infra­struc­ture to spur Big Data innovation.

Does Big Data have the flu?

In response to rev­e­la­tions of fail­ures in the Google Flu Trends’ pre­dic­tive capa­bil­i­ties, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity researchers exam­ined how Big Data can best be uti­lized for sci­en­tific gain in a report pub­lished online on Thursday in the journal Science.

Big data’s role in business innovation

New assis­tant pro­fessor Christoph Riedl applies his research inter­ests in data sci­ence and com­pu­ta­tional social sci­ence to study sub­stan­tive research ques­tions in areas ranging from online social net­works to decision-​​making, team­work, and productivity.