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Demographers using cell phone data to gauge wealth

Recently in Africa, demographers have been able to figure out the wealthy countries and areas based on data from their call times, apps that allow them to transfer money, and texts. Most data line up correspondingly with already established wealthy areas having high calling traffic and texts, but some have revealed hidden data such as high money transfers in conflict areas which would make since with the criminal activity running rampant. This is such a unique way of gauging how areas are doing it can shed a new light on today’s society, especially because cell phones are common to almost every country now, it’s just looking at the data to see how well off the people are that are using them.

 

http://mobile.slashdot.org/story/13/09/26/1426200/wealth-in-africa-mapped-using-mobile-phone-data

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