Using Supercomputers and Machine Learning Algorithms, Nomadic Computing Speeds Up Big …

How do Netflix or Facebook know which movies you might like or who you might want to be friends with? Here’s a hint: It starts with a few trillion data points and involves some complicated math and a lot of smart computer programming. The ability to make sense of massive amounts of raw data — a process known as data analytics — has already brought benefits to consumers and long-lost friends and is beginning to have a real impact in medicine, law enforcement and public services. Inderjit Dhillon, a professor of computer science at The University of Texas at Austin, is a leader in this new world of big data. He was named a 2014 Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery for his contributions to large-scale data analytics, machine…


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