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  1. September 26, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    […] The first is "Numbers Have Qualities Too: Experiences with Ethnomining” by Ken Anderson, Dawn Nafus, Tye Rattenbury, and Ryan Aipperspach. In this paper the authors discuss the ways in which datasets can be interrogated and reviewed with an ethnographic perspective. They propose we conduct analyses which complement datamining—in which the data are taken as given and interpreted with a view to summarization—but focus on an exploratory practice of data investigation with a view to finding out the meaning behind the data, for example, the intent behind the actions that are rendered into behavioral logs. They call this practice “ethnomining”. This concept so beautifully described one aspect of the work I’d been doing around the time the authors were proposing this approach, that I wantonly used the term to intrigue and invite my data science and engineering colleagues to join with me in analysis of data from a dating site (Yahoo! Personals, which was a popular site at the time). The work we did then complemented work with Elizabeth Goodman, which had been more traditionally ethnographic with interviews, observations, site analyses, and which was presented and published in an EPIC2008 paper. […]

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