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Iu Researchers Participate in Linkedin Project to Tackle Economic, Employment Challenges


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Indiana University researchers at LinkedIn headquarters.

Indiana University researchers are participating in the LinkedIn Economic Graph Challenge.

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The LinkedIn Economic Graph Challenge courts researchers, academics, and data-driven thinkers to propose strategies for using LinkedIn data to address major economic problems.

Indiana University (IU) researchers participating in the project will concentrate on the macro-evolution of industries to forecast economic trends and offer career guidance to professionals. IU Bloomington professor Yong-Yeol Ahn says the initiative aims to plot out the "entire global economy" by the end of the year.

The project will tap Ahn's background in developing mathematical models to map complex systems including the brain, social networks, and culture. The study will seek to map the links between industries throughout the world, as well as the flow of people between these industries, while also identifying patterns in people's mobility and anticipating future employment trends. The researchers will identify emerging markets by harnessing earlier work by Ahn and colleagues that determined human capital flows toward areas of the greatest economic opportunity.

"Users will not only know where they can find jobs, but also predict bright spots on the horizon...and acquire the skills, or tools, they will need to get where they want to go," Ahn predicts.

From IU Bloomington Newsroom
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