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Music Videos and Gastronomification for Big Data Analysis

Brian Abelson (CSV Soundsystem), Thomas Levine (csv soundsystem)
GA Ballroom K
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Yesterday’s technology can’t handle today’s big data. This is
true not only of our storage and computing tools, but also of
our visualization tools. Our visual bandwidth is simply not
enough to take in today’s high-dimensional big data.

We present two new approaches for leveraging additional
human senses to make sense of big data: data music videos
and data gastronomification. These multisensory approaches
radically change the data analysis approach; they encourage
immersive and ambient data consumption, allowing us to ask
drastically different questions of our data.

We have developed some open-source tools for building and
scaling systems for realtime data analysis with data music
videos and data gastronomification. We’ll discuss the theory
behind these two data analysis methods, and then we’ll present
case studies on how our tools are used to enable business
analytics and instill a data-driven culture.

Brian Abelson

Vice Poet, CSV Soundsystem

Brian’s a statistician, journalist, and hacker. He lives in New York and serves as a 2013 Mozilla-Knight OpenNews fellow at the New York Times. Before that he was data scientist at the Harmony Institute. He recently graduated with a MA in Applied Statistics from Columbia University where he focused on quantitative and computational approaches to social science. On the side, he edited a book for a prominent political scientist, particiapted in hackathons, and worked on investigative news stories. Brian has managed development projects in sub-Saharan Africa, reached number one on the Hype Machine, and shared a stage with Spoon and Bob Dylan.

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Thomas Levine

Data Scientist, csv soundsystem

Playing with computers since he was young, Tom eventually developed back and wrist pain, so he started studying ergonomics and conducting quantitative ergonomics research. At some point, people started calling him a data scientist. And his back and wrists now hurt less. He recently been playing music ( and studying open data (