Baylor University
Department of Statistical Science
College of Arts & Sciences

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Using Big Data For Good

Dr. Bonnie Ray will present an example of how IBM Research has analyzed SMS messages collected by UNICEF from young people across Uganda to automatically categorize them into meaningful topics, while identifying those that suggest a need for immediate action. The work was based on existing statistical and machine learning techniques, applied creatively to produce results that provide accuracy improvements of 15-20% over simple text parsing. Dr. Ray will also show the how Research worked with the UNICEF team to deploy the capability operationally, and the impact that the system is already having in the country.