Culture, Uncategorized / May 15th, 2015
By Rob Munro

The Tech Community’s Response to Ebola

I gave an interview this week about the response to the recent Ebola outbreak, talking about best practices for privacy, the media, and silicon valley’s response. Here’s a short transcription of the major questions: What is your connection to the Ebola-hit regions of West Africa? “There are several, as I’ve lived there, worked in Epidemic…

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Uncategorized / May 6th, 2015
By Tyler Schnoebelen

Sentiment is just a stepping stone

Last week was the Social Media & Web Analytics Innovation Summit here in San Francisco. I thought I’d take this opportunity to put together a glossary of terms that were used around the conference and share the slides I presented (I recommend downloading them so that you can read the notes, it’s a fairly visual presentation)….

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By Rob Munro

Text by the Bay Recap

The first Text by the Bay conference took place last the weekend. Mark Lieberman from the University of Pennsylvania kicked it off with with a historical overview of computational text analysis including the current “golden age” as technology moves outside of government and academic research into useable consumer and enterprise applications. Aaron Patzer’s keynote on Saturday continued on…

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Data Science, Digital Marketing / April 9th, 2015
By Tyler Schnoebelen

“Run fast as you can” – #likeagirl advocates and brand campaign ROI

Measuring the effectiveness of a brand campaign remains elusive even online. Digital marketers often look at engagement metrics such as likes, follows and shares. These are one-time boosts to the brand. The situation changes when you focus on people (how many advocates you have) rather than content (how many likes a post got). Advocates connect…

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Culture / April 6th, 2015
By Nick Gaylord

Why we love baseball

Opening Day is here! A lot of us here at Idibon are baseball fans. Admittedly, it’s pretty easy when your hometown team has won 3 of the last 5 World Series. We even got to watch last year’s victory parade from the comfort of our downtown San Francisco offices: Confetti cannons downstairs from our offices–Giants…

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Culture, Data Science / March 11th, 2015
By Ben Bell

Toxicity in Reddit Communities: a Journey to the Darkest Depths of the Interwebs

In any community there’s bound to be friction, but some… take it further than others. Reddit is a platform for thousands of online communities (known as “subreddits”), where community members can submit content, and upvote, downvote, or comment on content that others have submitted. Topics of discussion on Reddit run the gamut of human interest, but…

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Idibon News / March 10th, 2015
By Nick Gaylord

Idibon data science visits a climate change meeting

Last week I had the opportunity to travel to upstate New York to participate in a high-level climate action planning retreat organized in part by the Executive Office of the UN Secretary General’s Climate Change Support Team. This was, admittedly, an unusual opportunity for me as a language scientist. A bit of backstory: My background…

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Idibon News / March 6th, 2015
By Jana Thompson

Women in technology: Creating change through community

This Sunday marks the 106th observance of International Women’s Day and here at Idibon we are celebrating by announcing two efforts to not only increase gender diversity in tech, but also to encourage and promote women currently working in the field: sponsorship of Stanford AI lab’s outreach program (SAILORS) for high school girls and a free…

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Data Science / March 5th, 2015
By Zubin Jelveh

Chilling effects: Detecting missing conversations

Or, Edward Snowden and the Importance of Picking the Right Comparison Group It’s been nearly two years since the NSA revelations, and if last month’s Oscar win—and awards season sweep—for the Snowden-focused doc Citizenfour is any indication, fears over mass surveillance haven’t gone away. In a recent interview, the film’s director Laura Poitras does a…

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Idibon News / March 3rd, 2015
By Tyler Schnoebelen

The future of the dictionary!

On Friday, I had a chance to go to Dictionary.com’s round-table on The Future of the Dictionary. You can see my presentation at the bottom of the post. It’s called “Counts, Comparisons, Collocations, Contestations: Towards a Dictionary of the Future”. (Sorry, titles are hard and I like alliteration.) But first, some quick notes from other folks who…

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