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Vacation pics mined for vital data: Who went where, when?

19th Oct `13, 04:42 AM in Visualization

Those pictures of Yellowstone you uploaded to Flickr are doing more than delighting your friends and family —…

BDMS
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Those pictures of Yellowstone you uploaded to Flickr are doing more than delighting your friends and family — big data scientists are mining the photo website for data that reveals visitation patterns of natural attractions.

When working out how to staff a national park, roadside attraction, or other tourist spot, it helps to know when people tend to visit, how long they stay, and so on. Normally, planners and rangers use on-the-ground methods like checking booking records, turnstile counts, and surveys.

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