Matt Coatney

Matt Coatney

Matt Coatney is an Artificial Intelligence expert, data scientist, entrepreneur, technology executive, author and speaker. For the last 15 years he has brought advanced technologies to market, including chemical mining software LeadScope, legal text analytics products, and a predictive modeling tool for the US Air Force. Matt has coauthored a chapter of the book Data Mining: Next Generation Challenges and Future Directions, published by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and MIT Press. He has also published technical papers in respected journals including Knowledge and Information Systems and the International Conference on Data Mining. He also co-authored and published the book The 72 Hour Law Firm: How to Start Your Own Firm in Three Days. He is a frequent blogger and speaker at conferences including the International Legal Technology Association Annual Conference and the Chief Information & Technology Officers Forum.
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A Data Application to Foretell the Next Silicon Valley?

Can we predict what the next hub of tech entrepreneurship will be? Could we pinpoint where the next real estate boom will be and invest there? Thanks to advances in machine learning and easier access to public data through Open Data initiatives, we can now explore these types of questions.

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Data Science Wanderlust: Analyzing Global Health with Protein Sequences

Fifteen years ago, I had the unique opportunity to go on Semester at Sea, an around-the-world trip on a converted cruise ship that combined college coursework stops at nine countries on four continents. This once in a lifetime trip instilled in me a strong sense of wanderlust and a deep desire to give back to the global community.

Every Journey Begins with a Single Step

Fast-forward to a few months ago, when I joined Exaptive on an exciting new project. A large NGO enlisted us to analyze a massive set of historical data for countries. The goal: to develop a better, more granular means of grouping countries than the outdated and crude approach of "developed" and "developing." This large, complex, messy dataset and thorny problem were a great fit for my background in artificial intelligence and data science.

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Affecting Change Using Social Influence Mapping

If you've ever tried to get a company to adopt new software you know how challenging it can be. Despite what seem to you like obvious benefits and your relentless communication, people selectively ignore or, worse, revolt against the change. Change efforts will even stumble in the face of this wisdom of the ages:

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