Researchers reveal inconsistent borders in online maps

Google and Bing maps of some coun­tries show users dif­ferent bor­ders based on where the users live. It’s how gov­ern­ments claim sov­er­eignty over dis­puted bor­ders. Researchers led by Northeastern’s Christo Wilson have devel­oped a com­put­er­ized system to reveal the manip­u­la­tions: It crawls online maps con­tin­u­ously, tracking and recording every border shift over time.

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.

Blog:  iNSolution

Twitter in the city

A couple weeks ago I wrote a story about some work related to the Boston Marathon bomb­ings that net­work sci­en­tists in David Lazer’s lab are working on. They’re asking Android […]

The evolution of language, from Shakespeare to present day

Assis­tant pro­fessor David Smith is lever­aging dig­ital human­i­ties tech­niques to ana­lyze syn­tactic changes throughout his­tory in an effort to under­stand how lan­guages evolve.

3Qs: Microsoft trying to take another bite of the Apple?

It was recently announced that Apple, assessed at $150 bil­lion, sur­passed Google as the world’s most valu­able brand. This comes a year after over­taking Microsoft as the globe’s most valu­able tech­nology com­pany. The day after the announce­ment, Microsoft made its biggest pur­chase to date, buying Skype for $8.5 bil­lion. Here, Andrew Rohm, asso­ciate pro­fessor of mar­keting at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, assesses the branding and mar­keting strate­gies employed by these goliath companies.