Reality mining

Interesting article about reality mining. Basically it is about collecting “reality information” about people, mainly from their cell phones. For example positioning by GPS, Cell-ID, proximity to hotspots; social networks by analyzing phone logs and bluetooth proximity and so on. This is about the same thing you can do with IYOUIT, but what is explicit in this article is the use of data mining algorithms to analyze the data and factor analysis to find correlations among multiple variables. Using this they can for example “…accurately model the social networks of about 100 MIT students and professors. They could also precisely predict where subjects would meet with members of their networks on any given day of the week”.

This is an aspect to consider for personalizing learning reminders.

Links to relevant publications can be found here at MIT media lab.

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