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A survival guide to Data Science with R, from Graham Williams

Graham Williams is the Lead Data Scientist at the Australian Taxation Office, and the creator of Rattle, an open-source GUI for data mining with R. …

Why Google doesn’t care about hiring top college graduates

Google has spent years analyzing who succeeds at the company, which has moved away from a focus on GPAs, brand name schools, and interview brain teasers.<p>In a conversation with The New York Times’ Tom Friedman, Google’s head of people operations, Laszlo Bock, detailed what the company looks for. And …

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6 Ways That Numbers Can Lie to Us

One of my few pet peeves in life is when I hear someone say “the numbers don’t lie!” While I understand and appreciate the use of fact-based …

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Will Python Kill R?

In an article entitled “Python Displacing R As The Programming Language For Data Science,” MongoDB’s Matt Asay made an argument that has been …

The 12 Best Sports Infographics Of 2013

While 2013 saw plenty of "Snowfall"-inspired graphical masturbation, it was generally a great year for sports-related graphics and data viz. The 12 …

We Should All Be Sad That Modern Social Media Wasn't Around For George W. Bush

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Your Shutdown/False-Equivalence Reader for Thursday

The chronicles go on.<p>In yesterday's installment, three members of the Atlantic Media family—Ron Fournier, Derek Thompson, and I—agreed that extremist House GOP demands lay behind the current governing disruptions. Where Fournier and I disagreed was about which of two media-mindset habit was the …

Human voice of Siri: Susan Bennett, Atlanta actress, says she’s the voice behind Apple’s personal assistant.

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Multitasking Makes Managers Less Thoughtful

Managerial Omelet Anyone?<p>How Interactive Media Can Scramble Your Brain<p>Strategy + Business<p>You’re sitting at a meeting checking your e-mail on your iPad or your texts on your phone. Or, if you’re like the average college student, your attention is divided at least three ways, among the lecturer, your …

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A Course in Machine Learning

Machine learning is the study of algorithms that learn from data and experience. It is applied in a vast variety of application areas, from medicine …

Study: People Make the Same Basic Investment Decisions as Monkeys

The rich get risky, the poor bet safe. Turns out that "human risk preferences" aren't so "human," after all.<p>REUTERS<p>Believe it or not, primates may have invisible hands as well as opposable thumbs. New research published this month (registration required) in the journal Proceedings of the National …

The Science of Snobbery: How We're Duped Into Thinking Fancy Things Are Better

Wine snobs, string quartets, and the limits of intuition<p>Several months ago, this author sat at a classical music concert, trying to convince himself that wine is not bullshit.<p>That may seem like a strange thought to have while listening to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A major. But Priceonomics had …

Gender pay gap: The familiar line that “women make 77 cents to every man’s dollar” simply isn’t accurate.

How many times have you heard that “women are paid 77 cents on the dollar for doing the same work as men”? Barack Obama said it during his last …

Entrepreneurs or the state: Innovation comes from public investment.

Images of tech entrepreneurs such as Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs are continually thrown at us by politicians, economists, and the media. The …

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After I banned tipping at my restaurant, the service got better and we made more money

Tipping, as a compensation scheme, is great for everyone.<p>Restaurant customers like tipping because it puts them in the driver’s seat. As a diner, you control your experience, using the power of your tip to make sure your server works hard for you.<p>Restaurant servers like tipping because it means …

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Is This The Most Embarrassing Interview Fox News Has Ever Done?

Reza Aslan, a religious scholar with a Ph.D. in the sociology of religions from the University of California and author of the new book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, went on FoxNews.com's online show Spirited Debate to promote his book only to be prodded about why a Muslim would …

40 Photos That Give A Window Into Black Life In Chicago In The '70s

John H. White was hired by the Environmental Protection Agency as a freelance photographer for the "Documerica Project." In addition to taking photos "relating to environmental problems," he was sent to capture images of "everyday life in the 1970s."

Online virtual tabletop for pen and paper RPGs and board games

Tour<p><b>Elegantly Simple.</b><p><b>Roll20</b>'s virtual tabletop, Compendium, and Character Building tools are powered by HTML5 technology and run directly in your web …

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The Art of Irresistible Email

Virginia was ready to pull out her hair. Why wasn’t anyone responding to her email?<p>As the director of training for a global professional services firm, she’d recently sent out a note explaining important changes to the summer training schedule and asking office directors to respond with their …

66 job interview questions for data scientists

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The Guileless 'Accidental Racism' of Paula Deen

Americans have condemned her and shamed her. But, looking at our history, what do we we expect?<p>Paula Deen was born in Southwest Georgia, a portion of our country known for its rabid resistance to the civil rights advancements of the mid-20th century. It was in Southwest Georgia that Martin Luther …

The Price Is Racist: When Minorities (and Women) Are Asked to Pay More

Untangling the weirdness of sexism and racism in the car and auto-repair market<p>The first rule of prices is that nobody knows anything. That makes us exquisitely sensitive to little tricks and biases. Research suggests that getting something extra "for free" tends feels better than getting the same …

How Shareholders Are Ruining American Business

They helped cause the crash in 2008, and they're holding the economy back now.<p>One could attach many adjectives to the giant banks that tumbled down during the financial crisis of 2007 and 2008: <i>reckless</i>, <i>greedy</i>, <i>hubristic</i>, <i>stupid</i>. Here’s one that may come less readily to mind: <i>shareholder-friendly</i>. But …

Research: Your Firm Probably Isn’t an Equal Opportunity Employer

Anyone who has hiring responsibilities in 2013 would like to think that the U.S. is tackling diversity head-on. But how far have American companies really come? We have been examining what has happened to equal opportunity in the private sector since the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Our data show that …

Everyone Thinks This Racist YouTube Parody Of Kmart's "Ship My Pants" Is A Real Ad

And it's causing a pretty big headache for whoever is running Kmart's Twitter account.

You've Been Tying Your Shoes Wrong Your Whole Life

Learn how to tie your shoes in one second flat. This is a cool way to teach kids how to tie their shoes, but adults can benefit from this time-saving trick, too.