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Dataset Ranks History’s Most Important Individuals

by Joshua New
Most Important Individuals

Macro Connections, a team of data scientists and designers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab, has created a database of the most important figures to ever live, dating back to 4.000 B.C. The project, called Pantheon 1.0, compiles data from 11,000 online biographies and links them with Wikipedia pages in 277 languages to rank important individuals by place of birth, occupation, and domain, such as the arts, humanities, and sports, and identify the relative impact of an individual’s contributions to culture. Macro Connections created Pantheon 1.0 to encourage the use of data mining techniques in the study of culture, just as they are used in other fields of research.

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