Tag Archives: Big Data

06Jun/18

Coupe du Monde 2018: Paul the octopus is back

Fifa World Cup 2018

On the occasion of Euro 2008 and Mondial 2010, the Oberhausen oracle (more commonly known as “Paul the octopus”) made the headlines. His exact predictions regarding the results of the German team at Euro 2008 and the appointment of the winning team of the 2010 World Cup (Spain) are still etched in the memories. With some colleagues (Enora Belz, Romain Gaté, Vincent Malardé and Jimmy Merlet) we tried to continue the work of the late Paul the octopus to predict the outcome of the upcoming meetings of the 2018 World Cup. To do this, we rely on the results of past World Cup and Continental Cup meetings.1

07Mar/18

Historical Demographics and Collaborative Data

Généalogie de Victor Hugo

A few month ago, I mentioned in a blog post that I had presented the beginnings of the work undertaken with Arthur Charpentier on historical demographics using collaborative data from a genealogy website, geneanet.org. I also reported on the progress of our research during some morning presentations with the members of the Actinfo Chair (see the blog post). Today, Arthur and I published a working paper on HAL untitled “Étude de la démographie française du XIXe siècle à partir de données collaboratives de généalogie” (French for “Nineteenth-century French demography from collaborative genealogy data”). The paper is written in French.