Thoughts and ideas from the data science team

If you ask any of the data scientists in our Pulse Labs in New York, Jakarta or Kampala "What are you doing?" you always get a fascinating reply.

Whether it's exploring digital signals related to volcanic eruptions in Indonesia, predictors of Non Communicable Diseases using online chat about unhealthy habits, or monitoring emerging issues related to HIV/AIDS in Kampala based on public conversation, there's a wealth of activity that we think others would find interesting too. The UN Global Pulse team will use this space to post informal blogs about what they are grappling with, highlight others' exciting work and reach out to people innovating in the same space. Comments and suggestions welcome.

Exploring the role of data science in assisting UN relief efforts in Syria

Alex Rutherford Mar 19, 2015

I recently had the fascinating experience of a visit to the Information and Analysis Unit (IAU) part of the Regional Office for the Syria Crisis in the Office...

Turning the tables: could satellite guided goats help stop fires in Indonesia?

Marita Kurniasari Feb 16, 2015
Here at Pulse Lab Jakarta we are interested in emerging digital trends, data exhaust that is generated by technology use and...

Emoticon Use in Arabic, Spanish and English Tweets

Alex Rutherford & René Clausen Nielsen Oct 13, 2014

Most of our online media projects have some version of sentiment analysis in them. The problem is, of course, that extracting sentiment programmatically from language is a notoriously hard process...

Mining Indonesian Tweets to Understand Perceptions about Fuel Subsidies

Lukas Schlogl Oct 7, 2014
Why does a nation which has...

Exploring big data for local government: notes from West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

Sally Jackson Aug 31, 2014

The Province of West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) comprises the western portion of the Lesser Sunda Islands in Indonesia. I have just returned from a several days...

Research Bites: “Inferring Gas Consumption and Pollution Emission of Vehicles throughout a City”

Aug 28, 2014

As part of our "Research Bites" series, in which we ask data science researchers to spend five minutes telling us...