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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 14 2013: There are two ways to interpret this statement:

    1) Data can be used to explain any observation. If you dig long enough into the data, you can explain anything
    2) Anything you want to explain (even though it might be false) can be done using data.

    In my opinion: both are true... which is why Data is only part of the story.... common sense and more qualitative information are often just as important :)

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