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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What Does a Data Scientist Do?

What is a data scientist?  The question is seemingly simple, and yet deceptively complex.  A data scientist obviously works with data, but in what capacity?  Is a data scientist more concerned with the collection of data, or data analysis?  And what is the end goal for a data scientist?  With data available on everything from digital […]

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Kx Systems comes to CDS

Last week, the Center for Data Science welcomed Kx Systems—a software company based in New York—into our office, where they gave two consecutive day-long workshops on their q programming language, and their kdb+ database. Kx Systems’ kdb+ database was designed for time-series analysis, so it’s a tool that is most useful for either collecting real-time data, or working […]

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Ethics in Data Collection

As data collection and data analysis have become entrenched in our daily lives, the conversations surrounding the ethical treatment and usage of data are becoming increasingly important.  Almost every interaction you have—talking with a friend on social media, information you give to your doctor, or a purchase you make online—can be translated into and analyzed […]

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Money, Machines, and Markets with Vasant Dhar

The financial markets—the stock exchange, bonds, commodities—are a historically high-risk, high-reward avenue towards making, or losing, money.  Besides working as a television weatherman, investment banking is one of the few fields where you only have to be correct sixty percent of the time to be considered a smashing success.  Investment decisions are generally gauged against the S&P […]

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