Chris is a quantitative urban geographer. At StreetCred he designs data science approaches to uncover patterns in the location of interesting places, and to most reliably represent those places. In his previous academic research, he developed global analyses of systemic risks to cities using approaches from network science and geospatial analysis. Chris holds a PhD from Yale in urbanization and environmental change.
Chris Shughrue - August 18, 2020
How do we know when a player is trying to play us?
Chris Shughrue - August 7, 2020
Here’s how our credibility validation network and predictive modeling make data more accurate in real time.
Chris Shughrue - July 1, 2020
We’re testing ways to extract sign text using computer vision. Sometimes the results are...unexpected.
Chris Shughrue - May 28, 2020
We've developed a peer validation network to confirm the accuracy of our data.
Chris Shughrue - April 3, 2020
In two weeks, Jakarta players have mapped eight thousand places.
Chris Shughrue - January 23, 2020
At StreetCred, data quality depends on our community of players. Crowdsourced data enables us to see the world through the collective eyes of thousands of people spread across the globe, but it can also pose challenges. We’ve developed analytics to ensure that our game is fair and our data is reliable.
Chris Shughrue - December 9, 2019
There may be 150 million places in the world. What if you wanted to visit all of them? How would you plan this epic trip—and make sure it didn’t take a lifetime?
Chris Shughrue - October 10, 2019
At StreetCred, we’re on a mission to get all the place data in the world. This presents a major challenge: starting from a blank map of the world, how do you predict where points of interest exist?
Chris Shughrue - September 18, 2019
The StreetCred community created, validated, and enriched more than 25,000 places during MapNYC and MapLA. On the face of it, this is a lot of places. But it begs the question, how many more have yet to be mapped? How much further do we need to go to map not just a lot of places, but all the places?
Chris Shughrue - August 16, 2019
Core to the StreetCred data collection process is bringing together multiple, independent users to create and validate the existence of places. Validation is a multi-step process requiring a consensus among user submission. We wanted to follow up on the intuition behind this validation system to assess the accuracy of user-generated data and the combined accuracy of multiply validated POIs.
Chris Shughrue - August 2, 2019
The StreetCred community enriched more than half of the ~15,000 data points imported from partners in the course of the month-long competition. Our partners rated their confidence in their initial data as high, low, or likely out of business. This created a new opportunity for the StreetCred community to prune off bad points from otherwise good datasets, as well as to find the gems buried in murky or possibly outdated data.