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Works by Christian Rudder

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Rudder, Christian
Birthdate
1975-09-01
Gender
male
Nationality
USA
Education
Harvard University (BA|Mathematics)
Short biography
Co-founder and President of dating website OKCupid.com.  Writes and researches the OkTrends blog, and oversees OkCupid’s day-to-day operations. He also plays in a band, Bishop Allen. Graduated from Harvard with a BA in Mathematics.

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I really enjoyed this book. I love the data he pulled together to show interesting things about how humans interact while online. While you don't need a background in statistics I will say that my having one made this book a lot deeper. I found myself asking questions about his data and what it was really telling us. Which the author also did on a number of occasions. A great read if you like data and what it tells us.
 
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cdaley | 68 other reviews | Nov 2, 2023 |
Book on Big Data. If you are curious what "they" can learn about you from your digital imprint, this book will tell you.
 
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Maryjane75 | 68 other reviews | Sep 30, 2023 |
You are concerned that the NSA is aggregating data and spying on you? If you check, or look at a picture of the NSA (Why does an office building need a radar dome on the roof?), you will see that has always been their job. But while you are worrying about that, you are telling scores of commercial data aggregators everything about yourself, just by what you search for on Google, what you like on Facebook and where you access the internet from. Your sex, your race, your sexual orientation, your income, your politics, your IQ (from the type of French fries you like), it's all an open book.
This book is the story from one involved nerd, along with some nice graphics.
People's activities are somewhat limited, so the use of this data is mostly to target you for repression or elimination in a repressive society, to sell you something in a capitalist society, or for law enforcement to find you. So if you're only getting targeted Amazon ads, be happy.
Of course, I can only imagine what the data will be used for after Skynet becomes active.
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markm2315 | 68 other reviews | Jul 1, 2023 |
The author is a graduate from Harvard who studied math, however this novel reads as if he had a journalism degree. There is so much information presented in a readable, albeit voyeuristic, manner that the book seems more like a social psychology book. It's as much fun to read as reading your own horoscope! This book is obviously well researched and takes the reader through "stupendous" amounts of information while being engaging.
 
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Kimberlyhi | 68 other reviews | Apr 15, 2023 |

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