A major reason why the United States has held such a special place on the world stage is due to our extraordinary belief in the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all. Our constitutional commitment to freedom beats behind our national anthem, which renews its promise to be “the land of … Continue reading The United States of Diaspora: Digital Maps Highlight National Diversity
When you text a friend saying ‘I’ll fall you later’, how does your iPhone know to correct ‘fall’ to ‘call’? Auto-correct owes its prowess to a field that continues to gain paramount importance among computer scientists, and is an especially lively area of study at our very own Center for Data Science: Natural Language Processing … Continue reading Learning About NLP
A major reason why data science is often touted as a force for social good is due to its accessibility. Public data sets and open-source software has allowed both experts and citizens alike to gather knowledge and conduct research at a faster pace. But what happens when data is used to achieve oppress the public … Continue reading Performing Censorship Using Algorithms
As we learned during our interview with Professors Afonso S. Bandeira, Joan Bruna, and Carlos Fernandez-Granda, CDS will host the new Math & Data Group seminars (MaD) this Spring. Today, we are pleased to announce that we will also host the expanded ‘NLP and Text-As-Data’ speaker series at our swanky fifth avenue facilities. Initially focused … Continue reading CDS Welcomes New Research Seminars!
As governments increasingly turn to data science to solve social, economic, and legal problems, citizens should be concerned with how ethical such implementations are. When governments use data science and machine learning models to establish policies, who ensures that such models are accurate? Journalism is one of the few watchdogs over those in power. Today, … Continue reading On Algorithmic Accountability
Congratulations to our Master’s candidates who graduated last semester: Pan Ding, Jacqueline Gutman, Alexandre Sablayrolles, Rama Krishna Raju Samantapudi, and Olivia Yang! We caught up with them over the holidays to find out how their time at NYU has been, and where they’ll be going next. When reflecting on their experience with CDS, our graduates found that … Continue reading The Master’s Experience: Interviews with our Winter Graduates
Moderating offensive online comments has become an increasingly difficult and urgent challenge. But, Kevin Munger, a PhD student at NYU’s Department of Politics, is hoping to change that with data science. In his intriguing paper, “Tweetment Effects on the Tweeted: Experimentally Reducing Racist Harassment,” Munger demonstrates how his new comment moderation method, which uses ‘bot’ … Continue reading Using Data Science to Moderate Online Harrassment
As we wait patiently for self-driving cars to become viable, self-sailing boats are already a reality. A Californian company, Saildrone, rents self-sailing boats to scientists, environmental groups, commercial fishermen, and other organizations seeking to collect ocean data affordably and efficiently. Collecting ocean data is typically an expensive and time-consuming practice, and relies on large crews … Continue reading Using Self-Driving Sailboats to Collect Ocean Data