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What Big Data Tell Us About Ourselves  

“Big Data” may have Orwellian connotations of Big Brother but we will look at the more benign and interesting social aspects of what Big Data can tell us about ourselves. People may lie to friends, lovers, doctors and even themselves but their internet searches, likes, views and clicks reveal the truth. How many Americans are actually racist? Do parents treat sons differently from daughters? What do pregnant woman really think about? Do people bathe more in Vermont or New Jersey? How has our language changed? There are diverse infographics, which are fascinating new visual ways of displaying much of the big data that has been amassed. Howie Silver has a BS in physics and MS in information engineering from University of Illinois at Chicago, and an MS and PhD in mathematics from U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was professor of mathematics and computer science at Chicago State U for 35 years.