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Video: Big Data and the Birth of a Word

In this video, MIT researcher Deb Roy describes how Big Data was used to analyze thousands of hours of home video footage to learn about how his son mastered speech.

MIT researcher Deb Roy wanted to understand how his infant son learned language — so he wired up his house with videocameras to catch every moment (with exceptions) of his son’s life, then parsed 90,000 hours of home video to watch “gaaaa” slowly turn into “water.” Astonishing, data-rich research with deep implications for how we learn.

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