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Category Archives: Data Science
Seeing The Future From The Past
Hop in my Delorian and we’ll travel back in time and appropriately tweak our predictive models. Imagine courtesy of William Warby via FlickCC. I just finished reading The Signal and the Noise, a book about predictions by the American statistician … Continue reading
Posted in Data Science
Tagged Bias, Facebook, Nate Silver, Predictive Modeling, Robin Hason, Statistics
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The Fat Tech Cat Diet
This got me thinking about the things that live inside my phone. Like much of the world, I seem to live in a permanent state of vexation about technology, privacy, and how to survive in a world where so many … Continue reading
Posted in Data Science, Mathematics and Computing
Tagged algorithms, Apple, Cathy O'Neil, Google, privacy, Tech
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UnJunking your Charts
Junk Charts is a blog by Kaiser Fung, who describes himself as “the Web’s first data visualization critic.” People have been criticizing and prescribing solutions for misleading data visualization for a long time. (How to Lie With Statistics was first … Continue reading
Posted in Data Science, Math Communication, Statistics
Tagged charts, data visualization, graphs
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That Neural Net That Predicts Sexual Orientation
A neural network is one way to achieve machine learning. Modeled after the human brain, a neural net teaches a computer how to do some task by processing a huge set of training data. The data passes through the network … Continue reading
Posted in Data Science
Tagged algorithms, Cathy O'Neil, mathbabe.org, neural networks, sociology
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Best of the Bots
A slew of paint colors named by a neural network, including such gems as “turdly” and “rose hork,” made it big last week, with mentions in Ars Technica, The AV Club, and even The Atlantic. But for the story straight … Continue reading
What Are You Going to Do with That?
For people in graduate school for math, the question, “What are you going to do with that?” often seems to have a clear, easy answer: “I’m going to be a math professor.” In grad school, our role models are the professors … Continue reading
Posted in Data Science, Math Education
Tagged finding a math job, industry jobs in math, math careers, mathematicians
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As The Dust Settles, Let’s Check The Numbers
I really didn’t want to write about the election. But probably, much like you, it’s all I can think about right now. News media is completely saturated with it and the blogs are churning out a steady stream of predictions … Continue reading
Posted in Data Science, Events, Issues in Higher Education
Tagged Cathy O'Neil, Chronicle of Higher Ed, Election, Polling
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Opening The Cryptographic Backdoor
Unless you’ve been living off the grid somewhere in an igloo build out of old discarded iPhones, you’ve probably heard about the recent standoff between Apple and the US government. The short story, is that the US Government has demanded … Continue reading
Posted in Data Science, Mathematics and Computing, Number Theory
Tagged Apple, cryptography, iPhone
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Take Me Out To The Stats Game!
Recently, I was hanging out watching the Pirates crumble under the pressure of a wild card game and someone asked me a really good question. Supposing you were busy taking selfies and missed a few plays, but you noticed that … Continue reading
Posted in Applied Math, Data Science, Math Education
Tagged Baseball, Laura McLay, Sharon Jones, Sports Analytics, Tim Chartier
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Turns Out You Can Be Diverse and Segregated At the Same Time
Well, it’s official, I’m an unrelenting fangirl for Dustin Cable’s Racial Dot Map and everything it stands for. If you’re not yet familiar, it’s one of the coolest data visualization projects to come out of the census data. The map … Continue reading
Posted in Applied Math, Data Science, Statistics
Tagged Diversity, Dustin Cable, Nate Silver, Race, Racial Dot Map, Segregation
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