Data Mining

The algorithm of life is a powerful thing

Barack Obama (centre) with supporting celebrities Jay-Z (left) and Bruce Springsteen at a campaign event in Columbus, Ohio.

My wife thinks George Clooney has universal appeal.

Saturday, 10 November, 2012, 12:55am 1 comment

How information mining helps impose order on chaos, for a while

Information is power.

Travelling to Traverse City, Michigan, in cold, rainy October, serendipity struck in funny ways. In a bookshop, I picked up a 2010 book by the Serbian physicist Vlatko Vedral, Decoding Reality, which sees the world through the lens of quantum information.

10 Nov 2012 - 12:56am

Into the data mine's depths

So you've lost money in the stock market lately? Join the club. Many people I know have lost between 10 per cent and 30 per cent of their portfolio since April. We did our research, tracked stock price movements, spotted trends, perused available information to try to predict which way the markets were heading. To no avail.

23 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Process helps garment makers find the perfect fit

Alvanon, a six-year-old New York-based company, uses the latest technology to help manufacturers, retailers and brands update their perceptions of women's bodies to help the apparel industry save billions of dollars a year.

3 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Vulnerable travellers

I LOVE almost everything about the French, apart from the fact they smoke after sex, and often during it.

OK, and sometimes they can be a bit miserable. Every French person has a Jean-Paul Sartre inside just bursting to get out, especially when everyone else is having fun. But when they've created a culture as sublime as theirs, I can live with it.

26 Feb 1995 - 12:00am

Recreation boss cracks the whip over sexy magazines

IT is still more expensive to be caught displaying tiger parts than human organs. But the gap is closing.

The pornographer is about to achieve moral parity with the wildlife poacher.

And Rachel Cartland, acting Secretary for Recreation and Culture, is heading the campaign to put him there.

23 Feb 1995 - 12:00am