data mining dates

The current issue of the IRW newsletter is available now.

In this issue:

Featuring article: Data Mining Dates

QA: Excel Vector Normalization

Who is Who in IR: Stephen Robertson

Top CS Departments: School of Informatics, City University, London

Historical Notes: Mark and Colossus Computers

Outstanding Graduate Theses

Calls and Events

Research Blogs

and more…

The abstract of the featuring article is given below.

In this issue of the newsletter we examine the extraction of intelligence from dates. At first, a discussion on dates seems an unnecessary exercise. After all, many are inclined to take dates at face-value. But a date is more than a one-liner of information extracted from a calendar, headline, or footer. In the intelligence community, for example, dates provide a great amount of information about events, people, organized crime, terrorism, money laundering, unexpected situations, accidents, plots, chains of custody, validations, etc. Indeed, a date is a unique form of metadata, not to mention that these can be either relative or absolute. They can also be part of encryption schemes.