Researchers Aaron Schein (University of Massachusetts Amherst), Mingyuan Zhou (University of Texas at Austin), David Blei (Columbia University) and Hanna Wallach (Microsoft Research) presented "Bayesian Poisson Tucker Decomposition for Learning the Structure of International Relations" at the 33rd International Conference on Machine Learning. Read the Full Paper.
One of the amazing things that happens when you monitor the world at GDELT's scale is that you begin to observe language evolving in realtime. New words and grammatical constructs come into being, older words and structures fade from use, punctuation rules change and the topics, contexts and ways in which language use are in constant flux. […]
Ever since 2010's Culturomics paper and with the rise of ever-more powerful linguistic modeling systems, ngrams have surged back into popularity as a quick, but primitive, way of studying language. On the surface, ngrams would appear to be quite simplistic to compute: just split each document into words and count up how many times each […]
In their lively and fast-paced Google I/O 2016 talk, Felipe Hoffa and Jordan Tigani trace mainstream and social media coverage of the 2016 US presidential election through the eyes of GDELT and several other datasets. One particularly striking graph is the timeline below, showing the intensity of mentions of Bernie Sanders in the mainstream media (via […]
Felipe Hoffa and Jordan Tigani offered a fantastic fast-paced look at Google BigQuery in their session at Google I/O 2016, showcasing how GDELT can be used to understand the media dynamics of Election 2016. Check out their talk below or read their session description. Fast forward to around 17:24 to see the television tracker at work and […]
BBVA's latest report, the EAGLEs Economic Outlook Annual Report 2016, has a wide array of quite fascinating sentiment and other analyses based on GDELT and shows how the GDELT Global Knowledge Graph can be used to dive deeply into complex topics. Read the Full Report.
We recently made three bug fixes to address two geographic issues and one person name extraction issue. Mapping the textual geography of the world's news media is an incredibly difficult task and contextual disambiguation plays a critical role in generating robust results. In some cases the geocoding infrastructure makes use of additional external domain knowledge beyond that contained in […]
CuriousGnu used BigQuery put together a set of fantastic maps in CartoDB using GDELT to map the average tone of the media coverage of each country around the world about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, producing some fascinating findings! At the most obvious level, the world's media seems to like Trump a lot less than […]
Kalev gave the opening keynote of the second day of Data Summit 2016 in New York City last week, speaking on the power of big data to reshape how we understand the world around us. Learn More. Conference Program. Keynote Writeup.
Kalev's latest Forbes story "Is Facebook's Trending Topics Biased Against Africa And The Middle East?" includes a map of the geographic footprint of the 1,000 media outlets powering Facebook's Trending Topics module, visualizing the tremendous Western bias in the list and the tremendous paucity of outlets in Africa and the Middle East. Read the Article […]
Kalev spoke yesterday at the Modeling Science, Technology & Innovation Conference held at the National Academies building here in DC. Read More.
Kalev's latest story for Forbes explores how the media list that powers Facebook's Trending Topics module appears to have been constructed as the top 1,000 media properties ranked by total online traffic, necessarily creating an enormous bias towards Western news outlets and the perils of monitoring news versus monitoring society. Read the Full Article.
Kalev's latest story for Forbes explores what happens as smart cities recognize the value of the data they hold and whether governments could see reselling their citizens' most intimate data as a potential revenue source. Read the Full Article.
Kalev's latest story for Forbes explores how AI and new semantic elements like Google's knowledge panels are reshaping how machines decide what we see online. Read the Full Article.
Kalev's latest story for Forbes explores the bias in Facebook's Trending Topics module against news outlets in Africa and the Middle East and offers a cautionary tale to those who would try to quickly build a global media monitoring system from scratch and think it is easy to monitor the whole planet. Read the Full […]
Kalev's latest Forbes story explores how unconscious bias plays a key role in undermining human-powered analytic projects. Read the Full Article.
Kalev's latest story for Forbes explores the Gizmodo report that Facebook's Trending Topics module may be censoring stories of interest to conservative readers. Read the Full Article.
Kalev's latest Forbes story explores social media in the era of surveillance and how Twitter cut off access by the US intelligence community to a key Twitter-coowned analytics property. Read the Full Article.
Kalev's latest Forbes story explores what the new Ghostbusters movie and Trump's status as Republican nominee teaches us about the perils of data analysis. Read the Full Article.
Kalev's latest Forbes piece explores what the February 2016 cyber heist of the Bangladesh central bank via a compromise of their SWIFT-connected computers tells us about the future of cybersecurity and cyberwarfare. Read The Full Article.
Kalev's latest Forbes piece explores how the explosion of mobile phone cameras is generating a world in which Facebook alone hosted more than a quarter trillion photographs in 2013, but what are we really capturing about the world and how will we preserve all of those images into the future? Read The Full Article.
Kalev's latest Forbes piece explores why we increasingly trust technology over our own intuition. Read The Full Article.
Kalev's latest Forbes piece explores how the internet revolution is changing how we consume and interact with books. Read the Full Article.
Kalev's latest piece for Forbes explores how much cell phones have changed daily life. Read the Full Article.