Cafe Scientifique

Big Data and You: A Skeptic’s Guide

Friday, March 20, 2015

Boston Pizza (private room)
1045 Columbia St., New  Westminster
(2 blocks from the New West Skytrain station)
7:00 - 9:00 pm

Reserve your free seat by emailing: café_scientifique@sfu.ca

March 20, 2015

Big Data and You: A Skeptic’s Guide

Governments and corporations collect data about you and your activities every day of your life. Data miners use this information to predict your behaviour (such as who you will vote for) or figure out personal details about you (such as whether you are pregnant or not). It is easy to be alarmed. But how powerful really are the techniques in data mining? Dr. Tupper will provide a skeptical look at some of the surprising claims of the new data science.

Dr. Paul Tupper is an Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics. SFU. He is an applied mathematician who uses mathematics to answer questions that arise in other fields. He is particularly interested in the fields of linguistics and cognitive science, and uses his expertise in differential equations and stochastic methods to model phenomena in these areas.

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