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Largest Cache of Internet Data Released by Yahoo

Update Date: Jan 22, 2016 01:44 PM EST

To entice the top talent in artificial intelligence, Yahoo is making a bold move of revealing the huge amount of data that will help in understanding how users interact with the services offered by the company. On Thursday, the tech company revealed that they will share the largest cache of behavior data from the internet, the scrolls, clicks, hovers and lots more, scanning behaviors of over 20 million anonymous users using Yahoo sports, news, finance and other pages. This information will only be made available to the universities in a hope to give researchers a real look into the way people behave on the internet, reported Wall Street Journal. Yahoo has been facing significant brain drain after years of stagnation and is now looking to attract top academic minds to the high potential field of artificial intelligence.

"No matter how much talent you have, there is always more on a manager's bucket list," said Andrew Moore, Dean of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. "No one in these big technology companies feels like they have enough people to do the things they want to do," reports Wall Street Journal

"Our goals are to promote independent research in the fields of large-scale machine learning and recommender systems, and to help level the playing field between industrial and academic research," the Internet giant said in a blog post about the recent release. "The dataset is available as part of the Yahoo Labs Webscope data-sharing program, which is a reference library of scientifically useful datasets comprising anonymized user data for noncommercial use," says Digital Trends 

According to the experts, it is the sheer size of the Yahoo cache that makes it so valuable. When the algorithms are designed to analyze larger quantities of data, they do not perform optimally while examining smaller amounts. The big release by Yahoo will help the researchers in learning how to develop complex algorithms that can become highly useful for the companies, says Ground Report

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