Virginia Tech researchers win Digging into Data Challenge

Publish Date: 02/22/2012

Dr. Naren Ramakrishnan, professor and associate department head, and a  group of faculty and graduate researchers from Virginia Tech and the University of Toronto were recently awarded funding through the "Digging into Data Challenge."  This challenge is "an international funding competition designed to promote innovative humanities and social science research using techniques of large scale data analysis.  'An Epidemiology of Information: Data Mining the 1918 Influfenza Pandemic' is one of 14 projects approved for funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada."  The funding from this highly selective award will be used to do text mining over newspapers from the 1910s-1920s.

To read more about this award, please see the article by Jean Elliott on the VT News Homepage.