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Title: Saturday Science with Geoff Fairchild

Abstract

In this first episode, we sit down (on a chairlift) with Computer Scientist Geoff Fairchild to talk about how his team is using Los Alamos National Laboratory’s supercomputing capabilities to data mine social media and reveal trends relating to health and safety.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
LANL (Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States))
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1369548
Resource Type:
Multimedia
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
97 MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING; DATA SCIENCE; DATA ANALYSES; SUPERCOMPUTERS; DATASETS; INTERNAL DATASETS

Citation Formats

Fairchild, Geoff. Saturday Science with Geoff Fairchild. United States: N. p., 2017. Web.
Fairchild, Geoff. Saturday Science with Geoff Fairchild. United States.
Fairchild, Geoff. Sat . "Saturday Science with Geoff Fairchild". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1369548.
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