Everybody Lies offers fascinating, surprising, and sometimes laugh-out-loud insights into everything from economics to ethics to sports to race, gender and more, all drawn from the world of big data. What percentage of white voters didn’t vote for Barack Obama because he’s black? Does where you go to school affect how successful you are in life? Do parents secretly favor boy children over girls? Do violent films affect the crime rate? Can you beat the stock market? Investigating these questions and a host of others, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz offers revelations that can help us understand ourselves and our lives better.
“A whirlwind tour of the modern human psyche using search data as its guide. . . . The empirical findings in Everybody Lies are so intriguing that the book would be a page-turner even if it were structured as a mere laundry list.” — The Economist
“The book is brimming with intriguing anecdotes and counterintuitive facts, Stephens-Davidowitz does his level best to help usher in a new age of human understanding, one digital data point at a time.” – Fortune
“Stephens-Davidowitz, a former data scientist at Google, has spent the last four years poring over Internet search data. In addition to anonymous information about Google searches, he has “downloaded all of Wikipedia, pored through Facebook profiles,” and even received the complete (though anonymous) search and video view data” – New York Post
“Big data” refers to our burgeoning ability to crunch vast collections of information, analyze it instantly, and draw sometimes profoundly surprising conclusions from it. This emerging science can translate myriad phenomena—from the price of airline tickets to the text of millions of books—into searchable form and uses our increasing computing power
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Data science is about spotting patterns and predicting how one variable will affect another. People do this all the time.
Because data science is so natural, the best Big Data studies, I have found, can be understood by just about any smart person.
The opportunity to know how much solitaire is being played or porn is being watched is new—and powerful.
Everybody lies. People lie about how many drinks they had on the way home. They lie about how often they go to the gym, how much those new shoes cost, whether they read that book. They call in sick when they're not.
It is certainly possible that lying played a role in the failure of the polls to predict Donald Trump's 2016 victory.
Google data may be effective at alerting us to crises that are missed by all the usual sources. People, after all, turn to Google when they are in trouble.
Zuckerberg had learned an important secret: people can claim they're furious, they can decry something as distasteful, and yet they'll still click.
There is growing evidence that Google searches related to criminal activity do correlate with criminal activity.