The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a highly infectious disease caused by a newly discovered virus similar to SARS (SARS-CoV) virus outbreak in 2002. The virus was first discovered in Wuhan, China in late 2019, and the virus has spread to 210 countries and territories around the world. The symptoms of coronavirus include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. As per today, there are more than 2 million people infected with COVID-19, with more than 100,000 death tolls worldwide, making it the fourth-deadliest pandemic ever recorded in history.… Read more
The beer industry has experienced explosive growth recently, fueled largely by growth in craft breweries. In fact, the number of breweries in the United States tripled between 2008 and 2016 and now tops over 7,000 (Brewers Association, 2019). The rapid growth in breweries can be seen in Figure 1.
With the rise of craft breweries, beer rating platforms such as Beer Advocate and Untappd were developed, providing a medium for beer enthusiasts to “check-in” and rate their drink, among other features.… Read more
New information processing and data analytics techniques will be explored to augment insights traditionally provided by the census process. Census information has been long used as a mechanism for acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population. Data-age information processing technologies, image recognition, and prediction algorithms can provide new opportunities to build models and make inferences regarding a population’s current situation and future trends.
The overwhelming scale of available data in today’s world often outweighs the ability of stakeholders to utilize and understand the insight it can provide. The overarching goal of the analysis is to explore what can a city’s buildings tell us about its inhabitants, and from this provide a recommendation for real estate investment.… Read more
Understanding how music influences society and/or simultaneously reflects societal values has been studied in a variety of ways (mostly qualitative) throughout modern history. Although qualitative approaches can yield a substantial amount of information, leveraging the power of data analytics could drastically enhance the quality of findings made in sociological contexts. Using the Billboard Top 100 as a proxy for what is classified as popular music, our group sought to develop a better understanding of how popular music has changed over time.
– Over time how has general sentiment changed in popular music?… Read more
Today, movies provide entertainment to people all over the world. The movie industry has grown into a large revenue generating industry with the top movies generating over a billion dollars in ticket sales. The release of new movies and the enormous sales generated from their success like that of Black Panther, which generated over $1 billion in sales just 28 days after the release, have sparked our interest in what attributes have been associated with highly successful movie releases both in the US and around the world.… Read more