How data mining reveals the world’s healthiest cuisines

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Algorithms are teasing apart the link between food and health to provide the first evidence that we really are what we eat.

Jean Brillat-Savarin was a 19th-century French lawyer famed for his writings on gastronomy. In his most famous work, he said: “Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es.” Or “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.”

This idea—that you are what you eat—has become increasingly popular. Since Brillat-Savarin’s time it has been used as the title of various cookbooks and health guides; for some it is a way of life.

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Data mining shows global link between wealth and corruption

Corruption tree diagram

A question that social scientists and economists have long puzzled over, how corruption arises in different cultures and why it is more prevalent in some countries than others.  But finding correlations between corruption and other measures of economic or social activity has always been difficult. Continue reading… “Data mining shows global link between wealth and corruption”

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Data mining reveals how news coverage varies around the world

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How well does nature reflect the pattern of real events around the world? It’s natural to assume that people living in a certain part of the world are more likely to read, see and hear about news from their own region. But what of the international news they get—how does that compare to the international news that people in other parts of the world receive?

 

 

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The data crunchers who helped Obama win the election

Obama’s data crunchers.

The backroom data crunchers who powered Barack Obama’s campaign to victory noticed last spring that George Clooney had an almost gravitational tug on West Coast females ages 40 to 49. The women were far and away the single demographic group most likely to hand over cash, for a chance to dine in Hollywood with Clooney — and Obama.

 

 

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