Dataclysm #320

June 05, 2015

This week we're looking at how powerful computers and massive data sets are changing the we study each other, scientifically and socially. We're joined by machine learning researcher Hanna Wallach, to talk about the definition of "big data," and social science research techniques that use data about individual people to model patterns in human behavior. And we'll speak to Christian Rudder, co-founder of OkCupid and author of the OkTrends blog, about his book "Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One's Looking)."


  • Hanna Wallach
  • Christian Rudder

Guest Bios

Hanna Wallach

Hanna Wallach is a researcher at Microsoft Research NYC and an assistant professor in the College of Information and Computer Sciences at University of Massachusetts Amherst. In collaboration with social scientists and journalists, she develops machine learning methods for uncovering new insights about the structure, content, and dynamics of social processes. She is (to her knowledge) the only person to have appeared in both Glamour magazine ("35 Women Under 35 Who Are Changing the Tech Industry") and Linux Format.

Christian Rudder

Christian Rudder is the co-founder and president of OK Cupid and author of the popular blog OK Trends. He graduated from Harvard in 1998 with a degree in math and later served as creative director for Spark Notes. He is the author of the recent book "Dataclysm: Who We Are When We Think No One's Looking”.