Yahoo Opens a Treasure Trove of Research Data

In the era of big data, where researchers truly need massive amounts of information from many sources, more really is more. Extremely big data sets are needed to test out new academic theories and to replicate the results of already-proposed theories. So Thursday’s announcement that Yahoo yhoo Labs’ is releasing 13.5 terabytes of data culled from 20 million readers of Yahoo News, Finance, Sports, and other sites over four months, was a big deal for academics and big data heads, who will now be able to slice and dice it. But this data can also bring advantages to mere mortals who don’t care about big data or machine learning, a technology, that enables computers to recognize patterns and use algorithms to “learn” from the data they examine. For example, research…


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