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Exploring the Changing Conversation Around COVID-19 Using Social Media Sentiment & Natural Language Processing

When the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, we wanted to get a better feel for the public discourse surrounding this topic.  This seemed like a prime opportunity to look at what people were saying on social media platforms and how they

Leveraging AI+ Written/Spoken Word for Sales Enablement

When many people think of AI, robot butlers and self-driving cars come to mind. These technologies are “stand alone” solutions that do not require much human interaction but do require a huge up-front cost. However, there is another branch of

AI Translator: A Necessary Player on Your AI Team

At Pandata, we hang our hat on educating clients and our community about AI in an approachable and jargon-free manner. This isn’t something that just happened overnight though. It takes a concerted effort to work with our solutions team on

Ethics and AI: Approaches for Addressing Underlying Bias in Data Sets

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is often portrayed as a magical black box where data goes in and something like a self-driving car comes out. Unfortunately, the magical black box is subject to any constraints on data going in. For example, poor

Demystifying AI: Tesla’s Self-Driving Car

Late last year, when my trusty Altima of over 15 years started needing coolant refills more often than gas refills, I knew it was finally time to start looking for a new car.  While many mid-range automobiles now come standard

How Does Spotify Know What Music I Might Like? Demystifying Recommender Systems Part II

In an earlier blog, we discussed some of the basic concepts behind recommender systems and what they do.  This time let’s delve a little deeper into how recommender systems work. First we need to start with the ingredients to our

“An AI Walks into a Bar” – Using Artificial Intelligence to Generate Humor

“If the mushroom was such a fungi, why didn’t they have the party at his house?” “Because there wasn’t much-room.”                               –Dad Joke Generator We all know a bad joke when we hear it. Sometimes one person’s bad joke is another

From Prototype to Production – Coding Best Practices

We live in an era of unprecedented automation and rapidly expanding data. In 2019 alone, the internet generated 2.5 billion bytes of data every day, but only about .5% of that data was meaningfully analyzed! This data deluge, combined with the want to derive more value ever faster, has

How Social Science & the Humanities + Data Science = More Ethical AI

As practitioners and consumers of data science, how do we make ethical decisions when confronted with thorny dilemmas in artificial intelligence (AI)?  How do we even recognize when those dilemmas emerge before they become public relations catastrophes?   Humanities and social

Netflix and Learn: Demystifying Recommender Systems

This article is Part 1 in a quarterly series that sets out to demystify artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques that are common in everyday life, and in the news. At Pandata, we firmly believe that the high level why