Monthly Archives: July 2012

Smartphones, Big Data Help Fix Boston's Potholes

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Online education: many academics are missing the point

Many academics are complaining about online education and warning us about how it can lead to a lower quality product. For example, the New York Times recently published this op-ed piece wondering if “online education [will] ever be education of the … Continue reading

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Voters Say They Are Wary of Ads Made Just for Them

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Buy your own analytics startup for $15,000 (at least as of now)

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Really Big Objects Coming to R

I noticed in the development version of R the following note in the NEWS file: There is a subtle change in behaviour for numeric index values 2^31 and larger.  These used never to be legitimate and so were treated as NA, sometimes … Continue reading

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A Contest for Sequencing Genomes Has Its First Entry in Ion Torrent

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Proof by example and letters of recommendation

In math or statistics, proof by example does not work. One example of a phenomenon does not prove anything. For example, because 2 is prime doesn’t mean that all even numbers are prime. In fact, no even numbers other than … Continue reading

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I.B.M. Is No Longer a Tech Bellwether (It's too busy doing statistics)

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Facebook's Real Big Data Problem

Facebook’s first quarterly earnings report as a public company is coming out this Thursday and everyone’s wondering what will be in it. One question is whether advertisers are going to Facebook over other sites like Google. “Advertisers need more proof … Continue reading

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Medalball: Moneyball for the olympics

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