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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Hangzhou photos

Below are some photos from Hangzhou (click for larger versions). Earlier in the week we had more meetings at Alibaba concerning the establishment of a social science data observatory sponsored by Alibaba Cloud Computing, making use of data from Taobao, Alipay, Alibaba.com, etc. Related post.

See here for an Economist special report on the Big Data deluge. Imagine you could observe 100+ million users transacting on a platform with 400 million item listings -- Taobao volume equals about 2 percent of all Chinese retail sales, and growing fast :-)

Yesterday we gave a presentation to about 200 technical staff who were attending a company-wide retreat at a resort outside Hangzhou.

Today I have to turn my physics brain back on as I am giving a talk at Zhejiang University (Zheda). Until now I have been simulating a social / computational scientist :-)


Ian Smith said...

When you visit China do you eat dog meat?

Yan Shen said...

I hear they eat trolls in China, Hendrik.

gs said...

Yan Shen, I don't know the Mandarin terms for 'Smackdown!' and 'Bravo!', but consider them said.

Ian Smith said...

Eating dog isn't a mere "cultural difference". It's satanic. Only an inferior culture like that of China, Korea, and Vietnam would countenance it.

Anonymous said...

Since it is the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.............................................

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