CDS Interim Deputy Director Arthur Spirling Awarded Grant from National Science Foundation

We are thrilled to announce that Arthur Spirling, the Interim Deputy Director at the Center for Data Science, has been awarded a $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for a project titled, “Computational and Historical Resources on Nations and Organizations for the Social Sciences (CHRONOS).” Spirling, along with colleagues and collaborators from Columbia University, […]

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Welcome to the New CDS Office Space!

The Center for Data Science is proud to announce that we have relocated to the historic Forbes Building on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan! To celebrate the change in location, we talked with Maria Lavin, the Senior Project Manager who oversaw the remodeling and construction of the new space. Can you talk about the initial stages […]

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Neural Networks for Better Photographs?

From the proliferation of smartphones with a built-in camera, to the increasing use of security cameras in public spaces, we are all on camera, more than ever before. And with an increase in images comes an increase in poorly-shot photos.  Unfortunately, most of us are not professional photographers, and oftentimes, extraneous distractions can get in the […]

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How Should Government Agencies Regulate Data Science?

In May of this year, The United Kingdom’s Government Digital Service released a paper titled, the “Data Science Ethical Framework.”  Although it is not a legally binding document, the paper was designed as a guide for government employees, and is a template for the appropriate and ethical uses of data science.  It gives government employees […]

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Should Children be Taught Computer Science?

As digital technologies become increasingly entrenched into our world, the conversation surrounding when and how to teach computer science is becoming increasingly important.  Should computer science courses be requisite the way that math courses are?  And if so, at what age would we start educating kids about computer science, and in what capacity? To find […]

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How is Pokémon Go Collecting Data on its Users?

The release of Pokémon Go—an augmented reality game that has been developed for IOS and Andriod devices— brought with it a rock slide of nostalgia. 20 years after the first Pokémon game was released for Ninendo’s Game Boy, people can finally catch Pokémon against the backdrop of their local environments. But while players are running around, […]

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Data and Law Enforcement

Historically, police departments have often been chastised for dragging their feet when it comes to releasing data regarding police officers. As a result, newspapers and public institutions have resorted to keeping independent records when an instance of excessive force is suspected. The Guardian has responded with their visualization, The Counted, and the Washington Post has developed a […]

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Memory and Neural Networks

It is no secret to data scientists that humans and computers think differently.  While computers are highly adept at arithmetic, humans can hardly calculate the tip on a restaurant bill.  And while humans can learn from their previous mistakes and use logic to make better decisions in the future, computers cannot teach themselves to gain […]

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Data Science in Everyday Life: Omada Health

For a field with such profound potential to improve the world we live in, data science has had trouble making its way into the public consciousness. This might be because most people’s interactions with data science are distinctly uninspiring, usually in the form of online advertising or recommendation algorithms. But there have always been data […]

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AI Now

Within the world of data science, there is possibly no field that is as misunderstood as the field of artificial intelligence (AI).  Whether it’s Hollywood films depicting AI robots taking over the world, or sensationalized news stories stating that AI will wipeout the entire workforce, there is a lot of misinformation being spread about this promising […]

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