Search Results for Category: Big-data and Tag: The Conversation

Africa Can Lead, Not Lag, in Data Science

The term “data science” was coined by scientists working at the social networks LinkedIn and Facebook in 2008. A few years later, they dubbed it “the sexiest profession of the 21st century.” This relatively new, interdisciplinary field is a blend of statistics, computer science, mathematics, engineering and subject matter knowledge. In fact, any and all […]

Categories: Big Data

Tags: Africa, The Conversation

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Social Media Data Often Fails in Gauging Public Opinion

We often consider social media as a tool which, among other things, gives us direct insight to the views and positions of voters. But blind spots are plentiful. Joseph Cabosky discusses multiple reasons why social media data can often fail in gauging public opinion.

Categories: Quantitative

Tags: Methods in Action, Political Science, Social Media, The Conversation, Voting

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Big Data Uncovers Prevalence of Gender Inequality in Creative World

The term “big data” may bring to mind swaths of private information held by tech companies. But lots of big data is, in fact, visible to all – we just may not think of it as “data.” If you’ve been to the movies recently, you will have seen a dataset of credits – listing the […]

Categories: Big Data

Tags: Creative Industry, Methods in Action, The Conversation

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Using Topology to Untangle Big Data

Your brain is made up of billions of neurons connected by trillions of synapses. And how they’re arranged gives rise to the brain’s functionality and to your personality. That’s why scientists in Switzerland recently produced the first-ever digital 3D brain cell atlas, a complete mapping of the brain of a mouse. While this is a […]

Categories: Big Data

Tags: Geometry, The Conversation, Topology

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We Can Have Public Safety Databases and Keep Our Privacy

Governments seem to think that the only way to protect national security is to own as much data about the public as possible, but this is not the case. The push in Australia to create a national registry of driving licence photographs has been criticised for breaching privacy principles and creating data security risks. By […]

Categories: Big Data

Tags: Ethics, Privacy, The Conversation

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Does Research Methodology Require Decolonization?

Maori anthropologist Linda Tuhiwai Smith, in her seminal work Decolonising Methodologies, argues that Re-search is a dirty word. Hyphenating “research” into “re-search” is very useful because it reveals what is involved, what it really means, and goes beyond the naive view of “research” as an innocent pursuit of knowledge. It underscores the fact that “re-searching” […]

Categories: Other

Tags: Decolonization, Indigenous Methods, The Conversation

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Do We Suffer From ‘Indicator Frenzy’? A View From France

The craze for quantitative data has become a hallmark of public policy on both national and local levels. Exploring the limits of quantification allows us to better understand the importance of developing alternative indicators. Economic indicators currently play a key role in the elaboration of public policy and undoubtedly play an important role in government […]

Categories: Qualitative, Quantitative

Tags: Indicator Frenzy, The Conversation

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Can Big Data Analysis of Police Activity Overcome Bias?

In early 2017, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a new initiative in the city’s ongoing battle with violent crime. The most common solutions to this sort of problem involve hiring more police officers or working more closely with community members. But Emanuel declared that the Chicago Police Department would expand its use of software, enabling […]

Categories: Big Data

Tags: Criminology, Data Analysis, The Conversation

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Paradoxes of Probability and Other Statistical Strangeness

Statistics is a useful tool for understanding the patterns in the world around us. But our intuition often lets us down when it comes to interpreting those patterns. In this series we look at some of the common mistakes we make and how to avoid them when thinking about statistics, probability and risk. You don’t […]

Categories: Quantitative, Tools and Resources

Tags: Paradoxes, Statistics, The Conversation

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You CAN Learn to Program on the Job

I’d graduated from university with a degree I loved but the prospect of finding a stimulating job, let alone a career, was slim. I wasn’t sure where my life was leading. I was stuck. This podcast on design thinking talks about two distinct challenges in everyday life. Dave Evans, who teaches Designing Your Life at […]

Categories: Tools and Resources

Tags: Ruby on Rails, The Conversation

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