June 20, 2017

Using NLP to record fatality data

Because approximately 30% of all law enforcement homicides go unreported, we lack reliable data about the frequency of civilian fatalities and police force usage. The alternative is to scour through news reports: crowd-sourced activists like Fatal Encounters have manually read through two million articles, and the Bureau of Justice Statistics hires people for the same […]

June 16, 2017

NYU’s Inaugural Workshop on Data Science for Medicine and Health

While data science often plays a major role in medical research, collaboration between both fields is rare at NYU since our research labs are scattered miles apart in Manhattan and Brooklyn. This is all set to change, however, thanks to the inaugural workshop on data science for medicine and health that CDS professors Kyunghyun Cho, […]

June 9, 2017

Speaking Robot-nese: A New Multi-Modal, Multi-Step Robot Game

As robots take over our world, they must not only learn how to communicate with us but also with each other. Recent scholarship has so far demonstrated that it’s possible for two robots to communicate in a shared language in the form of binary vectors. These conversations between the sender (Robot A) and receiver (Robot […]

June 5, 2017

Collecting data to investigate discrimination in the NYC Rental Market

In “Can the Government Deter Discrimination?” our Moore-Sloan postdoctoral researcher, Andrew Guess, along with Albert Fang (Yale) and Macartan Humphreys (Columbia), conducted a 20 month experiment from April 2012 to December 2013 in partnership with the NYC municipal government to explore the extent of racial discrimination in the city’s rental market. The researchers began by […]

May 2, 2017

Crowd Control: Improving Quality Assurance in Crowd Sourced Labeling

Although computers surpass humans in both intelligence and speed, there are still some tasks that they cannot perform, like language translation, writing product descriptions, or image tagging. Enter crowd sourcing micro-task platforms like Amazon Mechanical Turk (AMT), where humans are paid to complete the work that computers can’t. Not only do these platforms provide affordable […]