Category Archives: Data Mining

Olympic Data Meets Music

For sports whose winners are determined by time (the fastest participant wins), here is a fun example of how data can be represented both audibly and visually.  The New York Times put together this fun little interactive “Olympic Musical” that shows just how close top athletes end up placing in proximity to each other.

This resource does an excellent job of showing how raw data can be represented in new ways.  It also shows just how diverse information can be interpreted, disseminated, and used. The screen shot below shows how the various Olympic results for Alpine skiing (this only gives you a taste of what this resource does & how information (raw data) can be represented). The Men’s Downhill results is in mid-process of playing–the yellow dots are where the piano note hits within milliseconds.

Go to NY Times article

Alternative Search Engines

Hongkiat.com posted a list of 100 alternative search engines.  The advantage of using one of these niche-specific search engines is that is zeroes in on the specific content you want, and excludes much of the irrelevant & excessive info you don’t need.  Below are the major areas in which these resources specialize.

– Ebook & PDF Search Engines
(Highlights in this genre include Comic Seeker, Free Ebooks, Google Books, )
– Audio & Music Search Engines
(Highlights in this genre include BeeMP3, Find Sounds, and SkreemR–I like the names of these!)
– Video Search Engines
(Highlights in this genre include Hello Movies, which searches NetFlix, Hulu & more simultaneously, Blinkx, and ClipBlast)
– RapidShare Search Engines (file sharing)
(Highlights in this genre include Rapid Share, Files Pump, and RS Finder).

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