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Global Healthcare & Data: A TED Talk


Collecting global health data is a seriously difficult feat. Not only does it require traveling through all countries and climates, but it requires individuals to go to some of the most desolate, poverty-stricken parts of the world to collect information. Hoping that this info was accurate, they'd then put it into computer and try to make smart, large decisions based on what little information they had. It's important to encompass data from all possible sources - even when it seems impossible to access.

What's Your REAL ROI?


Seems like all people want these days are results, results, and more results.

Data Mining and Linguistics (2)


You’ve heard of mining data for better marketing and advertising – but what about for forensic linguistics? Can you mine words and letters to reveal more about your consumption habits?

Data Mining and Linguistics (1)


You’ve heard of mining data for better marketing and advertising – but what about for forensic linguistics?

Mass Communication...or Miscommunication?

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Media has become a mass communication tool, placed at the center of our society.  Today, everything that we do ends up in the media – whether it’s through mainstream, such as newspapers, or just social networking, such as Twitter.  Regardless of the media method, everyone’s using media to learn and be aware of important information or events.  Although the media is successful in informing people, it is also important to notice its flaws. Due to many media companies competing for the most efficient (and watched) news coverage, it often becomes a race to see who can deliver the information to the public the quickest.  As a result, news teams are constantly making mistakes and delivering misinformation every day through media.  Although the occasional slip up may not seem like a big deal, it has single handedly affected the lives of many people that have been in the media spot light. 

McDonald's and Monopoly: A Winning Combination

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It’s that time of the year again - where McDonald’s Monopoly promotion comes back in full force for the summer as consumers storm the fast food restaurant in hopes of hitting the jackpot and winning the big-ticket prizes.  Since 1987, McDonald’s collaboration with Hasbro’s Monopoly has proven to be an enormous marketing success.  Over the years, McDonald's customers have shown more frequent consumption during the months of the sweepstakes, and as a result, revenue sky rockets.  If you are not familiar with this contest, McDonald's teams up with Monopoly one month every year and puts game pieces on certain foods on the menu.  These game pieces are then collected by the customer in hopes of filling the Monopoly board in order to redeem prizes.  If you collect all of the necessary properties of the same color, you win a large prize (although there are also smaller prizes).  This marketing strategy has shown increasing popularity each year, but what are the actual odds of winning a prize... and what has made this promotion so successful? 

Data + Major League Statistics

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With the MLB season at its halfway point and the all-star break underway, projections about the remainder of each all-star’s season are being developed by statisticians and sports analysts.  In order to make these difficult projections, data is collected, studied from previous seasons, and combined with the first half of the current season to be put against a full season stat line.  Although these predictions are not always on target with every player, the numbers are closely accurate in many circumstances.  Thanks to statisticians releasing this data, sports analysts can make these projections in the middle of the season for spectators to see and understand the pace of certain players.  

Connect, Develop, and Learn From P&G!


Have you ever considered external partnerships to accelerate innovation in your company? That's exactly what P&G did - and as a result, they've developed products like Swiffer and Duracell Powermat!

Five Thing Friday


Even Soda's Getting Personal


Little by little, Coca-Cola machines are popping up in restaurants around the United States. Near where I live, it’s in a Kelly’s Roast Beef –you pick the soda you want and dispense it yourself. Seems pretty ordinary, right? Not exactly. This carbonated think tank, the Coca-Cola Freestyle, was made in 2009 and is revolutionizing the way we pick our soda flavors. You have options; in fact, you have over 125 different flavored Coke products – Sprite, Canada Dry, Coke Zero, etc. to choose from. Pick a Coca-Cola brand, choose from a myriad of flavors, and taste your new concoction. Oh, and expect your mind to be blown – I haven’t had a bad tasting soda yet.

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