Social Value of Online Communities

Social media might be taking precedence in our lives these days, but there is another form of online communication that we used to (and for some of us still) rely on for exchanging knowledge or receiving emotional support from strangers – the online forums or bulletin boards. For example, Stack Overflow features a Q&A platform... Continue Reading →

Coding for Quitting

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)[1].  The LEADING cause of PREVENTABLE death.  The CDC also states that cigarette smoking accounts for more than 480,000 deaths every year, or 1 of every 5 deaths.  Additionally, their statistics indicate that nearly $170 billion is... Continue Reading →

Mining Our Way to Improved Healthcare

In my previous posts, I introduced the concept of data mining and related advanced analytical techniques.  I also enumerated some of the reasons why organizations are looking to incorporate these technologies and expertise in their toolset.  In this post, I will describe some of the applications of data mining in the healthcare domain.  The healthcare... Continue Reading →

QIPSPHAMLS

I was asked to write an introduction, so welcome everyone to my very first blog, ever. I’m currently in the dissertation phase of my PhD in Computer Science so it’s been beaten into my head over the past few months that I really don’t know anything about anything (just kidding; it’s actually far worse than... Continue Reading →

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