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How an algorithm helped global tennis match-fixing investigation

Buzzfeed’s John Templon has just unveiled 15 months of hard investigative work conducted with the BBC that reveals possible match-fixing at the top echelons of men’s tennis, facilitated by a few handy algorithms.<p>Using data from the Association of Tennis Professionals along with Grand Slam matches …

Tennis

The mathematically proven strategy to win 14 of the most popular games

<i>Originally published May 8</i><p>From Risk to tic-tac-toe, popular games involve tons of strategic decisions, probability and math. So one happy consequence of being a data nerd is that you may have an advantage at something even non-data nerds understand: winning.<p>So how do you win (almost) every game in …

Mathematics

The Rhetorical Brilliance of Trump the Demagogue

Jennifer Mercieca, <i>Texas A&M University</i><p>Donald Trump's December 7 statement on preventing Muslim immigration has attracted worldwide disdain. Nearly 500,000 Britons have signed a petition asking their government to prevent Trump from entering their country. In the US, Trump's comments have been …

Decades of GOP Anger Is Finally Directed Where It Belongs: At the GOP

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan waded into the tumult of protests this week against Donald Trump's plan to close the U.S. borders for a time to Muslim immigrants. Trump's proposal has sparked universal condemnation across the political spectrum. Of course, to call it a plan was a bit hasty; as in …

Elections

Memory Champion Demonstrates How to Easily Recall Large Amounts of Information Using Words

Former U.S.A. Memory Champion and author Joshua Foer offers up a tour of his memory palace along with a demonstration of the mnemonic technique for …

This investment bank presentation helps explain the complicated digital marketing industry for normal people

The investment bank LUMA Partners created the widely known LUMAScape, which shows the myriad middlemen technology companies that sit between a marketer choosing to spend money on an online ad and that ad reaching the consumer.<p>Now LUMA Partners has created a new presentation that aims to demystify …

AdTech

10 Free Machine Learning books

Machine Learning

Traveling Is the Hardest Therapy I've Ever Had

<i>Some of them are jealous. Others tell me I'm lucky. Optimists say that my life is a dream. Realists say that I should have different ambitions. I am told that I am brave, that I shouldn't travel while I have debts. They say a big bunch of blah, blah. I would love to tell you that my life is a</i> …

16 people who are living the dream without spending a fortune

Circa 4 p.m., pretty much anything sounds better than staring at your office computer screen.<p>For instance, traveling the world — working when you feel like it, how you feel like it, and with a view to rival any Instagrammer's best shot. Or maybe even putting your job on hold (or leaving it …

Siem Reap

How different networking standards are competing to connect the Internet of Things

BI Intelligence's new IoT Networks Report examines these different networking technologies, their pros and cons, and how well they are positioned for future growth in the IoT market. We also outline how different networks are best suited for connecting specific types of IoT devices, including …

Internet of Things

A computer made up stories about these 13 photos and the results are hilarious

Developer Samim Winiger has merged image-recognition and language-processing software to birth an open-source program that can take an image and make up a story about it on the spot.<p>To give it human-like language, Winiger leaned on two AI models built by University of Toronto PhD student Ryan …

Paramount Pictures

Shares guru Jim Slater: eight books that will make you a better investor

Whether you are experienced in the workings of the financial markets or have no finance background at all there's a title out there to suit you<p>When I am asked if I can recommend clear and easy-to-read primers on investment, there are two books that spring instantly to mind. Both of them should be …

Investing

Big data is useless without algorithms, Gartner says

Gartner has stated that big data is nothing without turning them into algorithms, which is where the true value lies for businesses.<p>Big data was so …

Google Reveals Its New “RankBrain” Artificial Intelligence System

Google has just gone public with the details of a new artificial intelligence called RankBrain, which the search giant is using to handle difficult queries. The system is being used on what one Google research scientist calls a “very large fraction” of the search queries handled by Google. …

How to Apply Success From One Area of Your Life to Another (That Needs It)

In New York, people say you're always searching for one of three things: a new love interest, a better job, or a better apartment. But that idea …

Books Bill Gates thinks you should read

oninnovation/flickr<p>While Bill Gates has a schedule that's planned down to the minute, the entrepreneur-turned-billionaire-humanitarian still gobbles up about a book a week.<p>Aside from a handful of novels, they're mostly nonfiction books covering his and his foundation's broad range of interests. A …

Books

MIT System Could Soon Replace Human Intuition

The Data Science Machine can replace human intuition with automated algorithms. (Photo : MIT)<p>Scientists use big data analysis in order to search for …

Data Science

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 …