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Data can explain everything. Or can it?

Firstly, Sebastian Wernicke gave such a brilliant talk. There is so much truth and so much to be said about what the world and the TED community around the world hungers for. As Wernicke points out, talks related to abstract ideas and emotions such as happiness, love, religion tended to be the most popular.

What other analysis has been done with the statistical data collected on TED online? It would be fascinating to relate this to trends in the consumer market. Perhaps, time series?

I would love to dabble with this data. Any thoughts or ideas?

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  • Feb 12 2013: One of the largest impediments that I can foresee is the shortcomings of qualitative analysis, as compared to quantitative analysis of data. Some concepts are poorly expressed in a number-scale or yes-no format, and as a result these concepts will remain limited in their statistical analysis potential until new methods are created. I definitely love the promise though, that one day data may be capable of explaining (most) everything. Guess that's the scientist in me ;)

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