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Data Challenge at Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling and Prediction conference — Dec. 20 deadline

December 20, 2013 @ 12:00 am

The 2014 International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, and Prediction (SBP14) will take place April 2-4, 2014 in Washington, D.C. SBP14 will feature a “Grand Data Challenge,” with the goal of demonstrating the power and value of “big data” in the social sciences.

Challenge Overview

Participants are invited to explore the Global Database of Events, Language and Tone (GDELT), an expansive set containing a quarter-billion geo-referenced political news events covering the whole world since 1979, describing who did what to whom when and where, and use GDELT to

  • Demonstrate the applications of spatial, temporal and network methodologies and their interactions,
  • Identify the latent “influencers” of social movement and media-based political competition,
  • Experimentally validate and improve models for social phenomena,
  • Visualize social movements of different types on all levels at a glance,
  • Propose solutions to societal problems including health care and public safety using data- and model- based reasoning, and
  • To suggest new creative applications using the GDELT data.

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: December 20, 2013 (23:59 PST)
  • Notification of Winners: January 17, 2014


For more information, please contact Wen Dong at  wendong@gmail.com, Katherine Chuang at katychuang@gmail.com, or Kevin Xu at kevinxu@outlook.com .


December 20, 2013
12:00 am
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