Data Set Yelp released a major update to its Phoenix Academic Dataset this week.

Published on March 6th, 2014 | by Travis Korte


Yelp’s New and Improved Phoenix Database

Yelp’s massive Phoenix Academic Dataset, released in March 2013 and containing hundreds of thousands of reviews across over 10,000 businesses in the Phoenix, Arizona metropolitan area, has become a popular data source for natural language processing and other data science research. This week, Yelp announced an update to the dataset, which incorporates over 4,000 more businesses and now includes network data on connections between users. The update accompanied an announcement about the winning entry in the company’s latest Yelp Dataset Challenge, a recurring competition to find the best academic research that uses Yelp data.

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Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation specializing in data science applications and open data. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. His research interests are in computational social science and using data to engage with complex social systems. You can follow him on Twitter @traviskorte.

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