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Data mining tools for journalism

© iStockphoto.com/Iuliya Sunagatova

© iStockphoto.com/Iuliya Sunagatova

If a computer can win at Jeopardy, can it answer questions in the newsroom? That's a question posed by Jonathan Stray on a Mediashift Idea Lab post. Stray also includes a top-ten list of best data mining ideas for 2011, including Graphical Inference for Infovis, which can help journalists answer the question, "How do we know when a data visualization shows us something that is 'actually there,' as opposed to an artifact of the numbers?