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8 Ways You're Failing At Data Science

Data scientists and the Wizard of Oz have something in common: Few people really know what they do behind the curtain, which makes it hard to tell …

This Data Scientist Made a Map of Every Single US Traffic Death In the Last Decade

Statistics about traffic fatalities don’t always have the power to shock most people. Huge numbers–like 373,377, the number of people who died in …

Text Messaging

A Tour of Machine Learning Algorithms

An MIT Algorithm Can Provide Better Human Intuition Than Humans

Computers have a reputation for being able to churn through numbers with limited intuition. Now, though, an algorithm developed by researchers at MIT …

Artificial Intelligence

Meet the computer scientist who just got $625K for his work that helps track down human traffickers

He's building powerful data-processing programs that are open for anyone to use for anything — from tracking down human traffickers to analyzing genes.<p>He's also just been dubbed one of 24 MacArthur Foundation 2015 'genius grant' award winners, announced on September 29. The award comes with …

Track Down

Get the Look from TOMs Founder’s Cozy Country Home

If you’re a fan of TOMs (and who isn’t?), you might just fall in love with the founder’s chic yet comfortable country home. Blake Mycoskie and his wife Heather’s love of nature and the California outdoors is present throughout the entire house. The home is layered with neutrals and natural surfaces …

Home Decorating

15 Books every Data Scientist Should Read

Bitcoin’s leaders don’t know what’s next for Bitcoin

Bitcoin is at a crossroads. The digital currency and its deregulated network is maturing, but members of the community are lost — they can’t decide what the network should look like when it grows up.<p>Bitcoin is a decentralized currency that’s transacted on a public ledger called <i>the blockchain</i>. …

Hadoop: The open refinery of 21st century data science

While some observers may argue that Apache Spark is causing the relevance of the Apache Hadoop community to wane, the fact of the matter is …

Job interview questions for data scientists

Employment

How I chose the right programming language for Data Science

<i>Which programming language should I learn for getting started in data science?</i><p>That’s one of the most popular question for anyone who is getting …

Data Science

A Gentle Guide to Machine Learning

Machine Learning is a subfield within Artificial Intelligence that builds algorithms that allow computers to learn to perform tasks from data instead …

How to Become Skilled at Learning Programming Languages

1<p><b>Know something about data structures and algorithms.</b> All the programming languages in the world won't do you much good if you don't know about …

Programming

Malware menaces poison ads as Google, Yahoo! look away

Fire sale<p>The industry's top malvertising experts are unanimous: For all intents and purposes, advertising companies have no idea who is buying their …

Digital Advertising

Europe’s Olive Trees Are Dying. Here’s Why You Should Care

Olive oil, staple of the much-ballyhooed Mediterranean diet, is about to get a little more expensive.<p>The world’s top producers, Spain and Italy, have faced a series of plagues that led one Italian newspaper to refer to 2014 as “the black year of Italian oil.” Ninety-five percent of the world’s …

Costa Rica

The dark truth about rape at UK music festivals

A growing number of women are reporting sexual assaults and rape at UK music festivals. Radhika Sanghani speaks to the organisers, ahead of Reading and Bestival, to find out how big the problem is - and what can be done<p>This weekend, thousands of people gathered in Essex to watch Calvin Harris, …

Festivals

5 Techniques To Understand Machine Learning Algorithms Without the Background in Mathematics

Where does theory fit into a top-down approach to studying machine learning?In the traditional approach to teaching machine learning, theory comes …

1 math model sums up all predators and prey - Futurity

A math model captures the basic structure of all food webs. "It rolls a century's worth of food-web mathematics into a single model," says Kevin …

Google Chrome spellchecks multiple languages at once

Google is adding a new feature for Chrome that will help bilingual folks and ex-pats a lot. Developer François Beaufort revealed that you can now spellcheck in multiple languages, even in the same document, without getting the dreaded squiggly red lines. That's a feature that the Android SwiftKey …

The taxman is coming for your Netflix account

States are increasingly looking to tax cloud computing and streaming services, like Netflix, (NFLX) as means of counteracting the slow growth of …

Pixar will open-source the code for a key movie-making tool

Fancy that you could create the next <i>Inside Out</i> if you only had the right tools? Pixar just made that dream a little more realistic. Mere months after giving away Renderman, the studio has announced plans to open the source code for its Universal Scene Description software, which gives multiple …

Animation

Apple reportedly wants to turn Siri into your receptionist

Apple is testing a service that will let Siri take your calls, record them and transcribe them to text, according to <i>Business Insider</i>. The company is reportedly referring to it as iCloud Voicemail, and it's similar to the existing visual voicemail service. However, instead of playing a pre-recorded …

​Cut the marketing nonsense: Will the real data scientist please stand up?

Marketing people are just muddying the waters by misappropriating the 'data scientist' job title, according to former CERN physicist Dr Paul …

Another unnecessary death in the making, thanks to cancer quackery [Respectful Insolence]

I hate stories like this, but what I hate even more is the way stories like this are all too commonly reported. Readers have been sending me links to …