Tag: Social Impact

Obama Campaign’s Data Chief on How Data Scientists Make a Difference

We recently spoke with Rayid Ghani, chief data scientist of President Obama’s 2012 election campaign and a senior fellow at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. He’s also head of the Schmidt Data Science for Social Good Summer Fellowship. Rayid explained what it’s like to be a data scientist and how they can...

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Social Media Helps Statisticians Track Foodborne Illness and Improve Disaster Response

Social media has power beyond serving as an outlet for self-expression and a place to share pretty pictures of donuts with friends. Statisticians are tapping into the data produced by social media posts and making humanitarian strides: from tracing foodborne illnesses to improving disaster response. Tracing Food Illness through Yelp & Social Media Remember the...

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