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WELCOME TO THE NIELSEN JOURNAL OF MEASUREMENT

The Journal dives deep into the technical and methodological measurement work happening every day at Nielsen. Our third issue of the journal focuses on the new world of television measurement. Download the full journal or explore the featured articles individually to learn more. You can also read shorter snapshots that provide updates on other important work.



Featured Articles

Technology

The Big Picture: Technology to Meet the Challenges of Media Fragmentation

By Arun Ramaswamy, Chief Engineer, Nielsen

It’s a great time to be a media consumer. New streaming technologies with over-the-top (OTT) apps, connected devices and social media are redefining the media landscape. While traditional linear TV offers an increasing array of new channels and new features (e.g., cloud-based DVR), OTT providers are making their mark with curated and skinny bundles for live programming choices. Exclusive content from OTT and subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) providers is exploding. Consumers can truly choose to watch anytime, anywhere and on any device.

Big Data

Co-Viewing On OTT Devices: Similarities And Differences

By Kumar Rao, Kamer Yildiz, and Molly Poppie, Data Science Methods, Nielsen

When we watch television, we often have someone else in our household watching with us: a spouse, a child, a roommate, even a family guest. That behavior is called ‘co-viewing,’ and it’s been a topic of intense social research for as long as television has been around.

Analytics

Using Machine Learning to Predict Future TV Ratings

By Scott Sereday and Jingsong Cul, Data Science, Nielsen

TV ratings are used to predict the future. They set expectations and affect programming decisions from one season to the next, and they help set the cost of advertising (advertising rates) well in advance of when a program goes on the air. In the U.S. for instance, TV networks sell the majority of their premium ad inventory for the year at the “upfront,” a group of events that occur annually each spring. For each network, the upfront is a coming-out party to introduce new programs and build up excitement for the upcoming season, but behind the curtains, it’s very much a marketplace for advertisers to buy commercial time on television well ahead of schedule.

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

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SAUL ROSENBERG

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The world of measurement is changing.

Thanks to recent advances in data collection, transfer, storage and analysis, there’s never been more data available to research organizations. But ‘Big Data’ does not guarantee good data, and robust research methodologies are more important than ever.

Measurement Science is at the heart of what we do. Behind every piece of data at Nielsen, behind every insight, there’s a world of scientific methods and techniques in constant development. And we’re constantly cooperating on ground-breaking initiatives with other scientists and thought-leaders in the industry. All of this work happens under the hood, but it’s not any less important. In fact, it’s absolutely fundamental in ensuring that the data our clients receive from us is of the utmost quality.

These developments are very exciting to us, and we created the Nielsen Journal of Measurement to share them with you.

Saul Rosenberg