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High Stakes Data Miners?

High Stakes Data Miners?

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The title might bring to mind the BI specialists in Vegas, where arguably the most complex multidimensional analytics in the world takes place, but the table stakes that I had in mind are actually a little higher than you'll find even in a private Texas Hold 'Em game... Life and death for large numbers of people (or perhaps just the political futures of a president, depending on your perspective).

Although the post is a little dated and the NSA isn't in the headlines anymore, one of my favorite blogs had this recently: NSA Hiring Data Miners (Schneier)

Although the million dollar Netflix Prize for data mining is fun as a hobby pursuit, actually data mining telephone calls, web search traffic and other ECHELON-type data (like diplomatic email?) would be a cool job!

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