Category Archive: Data mining

Dec
27

Can’t lose weight with Belviq?

With the holidays nearly over, I have to admit I’m feeling sick overeating with the holiday parties and goodies given as gifts. We’ll be examining the gender differences in the weight loss drug Belviq (generic name lorcaserin). Based on online ratings, Belviq works better in males than in females (men gave 1.18 more points for …

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Dec
24

Treating depression: Wellbutrin is more effective for females than males.

Millions suffer from depression, so it’s important to know which treatments work. Women are underrepresented in clinical trials. Thus, it is possible that they react differently to drugs. To study this, we downloaded online drug reviews to see if women responded to drugs differently than men. Surprisingly, women rated Wellbutrin XL higher than males. Wellbutrin …

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Mar
15

Choosing the Right College

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Is it worth paying more for a “top 10” school? You get accepted to a private school / Ivy League that will cost a fortune. You’re also accepted by a public university which doesn’t have as good a reputation but costs much less. Does it matter which one you choose? One factor in your decision …

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Feb
26

Is going to college worth it?

College is expensive. Students are graduating with massive debts that take the rest of their lives to pay off. Is it worth it? Bill Gates and Steve Jobs never graduated from college, so perhaps a college degree isn’t even necessary. But are Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckenberg, and Joi Ito rarities in this world, …

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Jun
02

Mining Wikipedia paper at ICWSM 2012

Yay! My paper entitled “What Britney Spears and Kobe Bryant Have in Common: Mining Wikipedia for Characteristics of Notable Individuals” was accepted at ICWSM 2012The pdf can be downloaded here: Mining Wikipedia For Characteristics of Notable Individuals.pdfSo what do Britney and Kobe have in common? They’re both successful, and my research shows that having a …

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Sep
25

Names and Birth States Found Frequently in Wikipedia

Oprah Winfrey, a successful person with an uncommon name. Bill Gates , Microsoft founder and philanthropist. Born as William Gates, but everyone calls him Bill. What makes a person successful? As parents, we try to make the best choices to help our children become successful and happy. One of the first things that we decide …

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Enrichment of Names in Wikipedia

Method for Data Mining Wikipedia

What makes a person famous or successful? If a person is in Wikipedia, it’s because they’ve done some remarkable things. Presidents, successful businessmen like Bill Gates</A HREF>, and great entertainers like Elvis Presley</A HREF> are all in Wikipedia. So the next question is, if I look at all the names of people in Wikipedia, do …

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How likely a person will be in Wikipedia based on birth state

May
14

Is it safe to visit this country?

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Have you ever wondered whether it was safe to go to a certain country? Last March, I had a conference in the Middle East and wanted to visit Lebanon as a side trip.   But family was saying no, it’s dangerous while  travel forums were saying it was safe.   I was confused with all the …

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