Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking), by OkCupid co-founder Christian Rudder, explores some of the unexpected insights that have come from social media data. Influenced by the site’s popular OkTrends data visualization blog, the book touches on data from OkCupid along with Facebook, Twitter, Google, and other sources. Many of the insights involve relationships and sexual orientation—for which OkCupid has data in spades—including the ages at which men and women think people of the opposite sex look most attractive and how one particular demographic expresses sexual desire much less frequently than others.
“Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking)”
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.