April 21, 2017

The (Data) Secret behind Digital Advertising

How do webpages regulate the advertisements that you see online? At last Wednesday’s CDS research lunch seminar, Dr. Yana Volkovich, a senior data scientist from App Nexus, discussed how digital advertising relies on data-driven networks. In the past, digital advertising operated on a direct buyer-seller model. A company who wanted to place an ad on […]

April 20, 2017

Women in Data Discuss Data Science, Design-Thinking, and Healthcare

Earlier this month, CDS hosted the Women in Data (WID) event, run by Norma A. Padron and Tran Ly. The two women have recently rebooted the non-profit organization, which was founded 5 years ago. Today, WID exists to educate and foster a community of women in data-driven fields like journalism, health care, finance, and technology. […]

April 17, 2017

The City Health Dashboard: Organizing Public Health Data

Although health information and demographic data is widely available , we still lack the tools to analyze, explore, and organize that data in a meaningful way. Such is why, earlier this year, the City Health Dashboard was launched. This remarkable resource is the first of its kind: the Dashboard standardizes and aggregates data on health […]

April 14, 2017

Creating A Multi-Genre Corpus for Natural Language Inference

Although natural language processing (NLP) has made major strides in the last few years, to what extent can an NLP algorithm understand human sentences beyond a superficial read? Although they can computationally identify, count, or regurgitate individual words, phrases, and sentences, can they capture the meaning behind the words that they are handling? These questions […]

April 11, 2017

Can deep learning models learn like the human brain?

At last Thursday’s text as data seminar, professor Hong Yu from the University of Massachusetts Medical School explained the effort that she, along with her fellow colleagues, have made to incorporate human intelligence and cognitive functions to improve deep learning through new models. For instance, “Building an Evaluation Scale Using Item Response Theory,” is one […]