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Dataclysm: Who We Are* *When We Think No One's Looking
by Christian Rudder
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An interesting but not very memorable take on analyzing how we use the internet to find romantic partners, and what information that leaves behind. This could be considered a more data-informed companion to Aziz Ansari's Modern Romance, and the author as a cofounder of OKCupid had plenty of data to work from to build his arguments. There are some interesting nuggets about privacy and how social media presence can bite you back, but I didn't otherwise find anything surprising. I won't deduct stars from my review for its age, given that I only got to it eight years after publication and a lot has changed in the online world since. ( )
It's not often that I have the honor of reading the thoughts of a guy who indirectly introduced me to my wife. Christian used to maintain a blog that I found utterly fascinating on OKCupid, a dating website. That led me to join and eventually meet my wife.
This remarkable book mostly entertained me. I read it on a NOOK and had to miss the colorful charts which had a negative impact on my rating.
His concepts and philosophy really made me think. I just got the idea he was overly thorough with explanations and dragged down the book from possibly spectacular to more very good.
It actually covered a lot more than I expected. He tries to write in an entertaining way, but by its nature, it's fairly dry. Interesting though.
Pretty interesting read.
Fascinating insights into the world of real world data
The author by no ,Evans limits himself to data sets from OKCupid. Rather he draws from a rich pool with sources from Google, Facebook etc. Well worth reading.
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An irreverent, provocative, and visually fascinating look at what our online lives reveal about who we really are--and how this deluge of data will transform the science of human behavior. Big Data is used to spy on us, hire and fire us, and sell us things we don't need. In Dataclysm, Christian Rudder puts this flood of information to an entirely different use: understanding human nature. Drawing on terabytes of data from Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, OkCupid, and many other sites, Rudder examines the terrain of human experience. He charts the rise and fall of America's most reviled word through Google Search, examines the new dynamics of collaborative rage on Twitter, and traces human migration over time, showing how groups of people move from certain small towns to the same big cities across the globe. And he grapples with the challenge of maintaining privacy in a world where these explorations are possible. Audacious, entertaining, and illuminating, Dataclysm is a portrait of our essential selves--and a first look at a revolution in the making. --
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