Welcome to the Data Dilemmas App.
Play the game and discover both the risks and opportunities of powerful data.
we are producing masses of data every day.
Data science uses this data to solve a particular problem.
Computers put together large sets of data and make complicated calculations.
The power of the computer means that data
science reaches solutions that humans can't.
For instance, data science has been used to
locate norovirus outbreaks weeks before lab reports can, just by analysing social media.
You’re in charge of catching train fare dodgers. Train providers suspect that there
are some areas where cases of fare dodging are particularly common. It’s not
efficient to have inspectors at every station so they’ve asked you to identify which
stations and routes to send inspectors to, using the latest data science techniques.
You're in charge of giving careers advice to jobseekers using data science techniques.
You need to help those looking for jobs to see what options are available to them and
how those options could change depending on the choices they make now about
training or job sector. Current careers advice shows job seekers what opportunities
exist, but not how other people have got there. You'll use data science to learn about
the careers of past job seekers to make these predictions.
Can data science predict the future?
A computer can look at lots of data about what’s already happened, learns what
factors make a difference, and so can predict what might happen in the future.
This kind of data science has been tested in Los Angeles to learn about where and
how crimes occur - in order to predict where criminal activity might happen next.
Can data science tell us about different groups of people?
Data science can ‘segment’ groups of people so that you can be offered
choices which are best suited to people like you. For example, people who
like certain films on Netflix might like other similar films.
There is a lot of information available about different healthy foods or what sort
of exercise to do and it can be difficult to make a choice about living healthily.
You need to use data science to provide easy-to-follow advice for people, and
promote healthy living.