Big Data is getting to be big news in philanthropy. A team of researchers at the University of Schmerz am Überhogen recently starting analyzing a large database compiled by a consortium of Bavarian foundations. They used anomaly detection and dependency modeling techniques to sift through 700 petabytes (700 x 1015 bytes) of digitized conference plenaries and flip chart notes.
In a paper recently published in the Überhogenerzeitungsgebrungensjournal, these researchers reported finding a very striking linear correlation between the age of grantee organizations and the year of their founding. They also uncovered a series of highly “cohesive” (German: kohäsiv) data patterns, one of which is displayed below: