Mining voters

While the presidential candidates are still doing their dances, it’s interesting to see how they use datamining for improving their stance: The candidates apparently use companies that mine their voter databases in order to “micro-target” voters via ads and the like. See this blog posting on The New Republic— courtesy of former student Igor Nakshin. Note also the comment about the existence of various such companies that tailor to the different candidates. It would be interesting to test the impact of this “mining” on actual candidate voting and to compare the different tools. But how can this be done in … Continue reading Mining voters

New data repository by UN

As more government and other agencies move “online”, some actually make their data publicly available. Adi Gadwale, one of my dedicated ex-students, sent a note about a new neat data repository made publicly available by the UN called UNdata. You can read more about it in the UN News bulletin or go directly to repository at The interface is definitely easy to navigate. Lots of time series for the different countries on many types of measurements. This is a good source of data that can be used to supplement other existing datasets (like one would use US census data … Continue reading New data repository by UN