Bloomberg to give $42 million to help cities do more with data

Bloomberg Philanthropies, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s philanthropic initiative, will fund the creation of the What Works Cities Initiative to help cities take advantage of data to influence policymaking. Bloomberg Philanthropies will grant 100 cities with between 100,000 and one million residents a total of $42 million to better collect, analyze, share, and apply data forimproved decision-making. … Continue reading Bloomberg to give $42 million to help cities do more with data

Tech titans ready their clouds for NOAA weather data

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has partnered with Amazon Web Services, Google, IBM, Microsoft, and the Open Cloud Consortium, a cloud computing infrastructure nonprofit, to help deliver more of the agency’s data to the public. NOAA, which produces 20 terabytes of data per day, created the partnership to provide the public and private sector with more access … Continue reading Tech titans ready their clouds for NOAA weather data

Cognizant’s Principal Analyst Visits CDS

Cognizant’s Principal Analyst Visits CDS Tom Jirele, Principal at Cognizant Analytics Division visited the Center of Data Science (CDS) NYU in February and discussed Cognizant’s Data Analytics initiatives. Cognizant Technology Solutions is an American multinational corporation that provides custom information technology, consulting and business process outsourcing services. This information session was one of many such … Continue reading Cognizant’s Principal Analyst Visits CDS

Arthur Spirling To Join NYU This Fall As Joint Faculty in Center for Data Science and Department of Politics

Currently the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences in Harvard University’s Department of Government, Arthur Spirling is a political scientist specializing in political methodology. In addition, he is affiliated with Harvard’s Institute of Quantitative Social Science and is Director of its Program on Text Research.  Professor Spirling has been honored with Harvard University’s Everett … Continue reading Arthur Spirling To Join NYU This Fall As Joint Faculty in Center for Data Science and Department of Politics

Yann LeCun Discusses Digital Companions and Artificial Intelligence (and Emotions)

… Below, a conversation with Mr. LeCun: Q. What is the significance of artificial intelligence? A. A.I. is how we will make sense of all of the information that will be out there in the digital world. A lot of interaction with each other and with the digital world will come from what you could call “digital … Continue reading Yann LeCun Discusses Digital Companions and Artificial Intelligence (and Emotions)

Design and Redesign in Data Visualization

… Along with the glitter and popularity, visualization has attracted something else: popular criticism. It’s happening at a small scale; we don’t yet see infographics reviews in the New York Times Arts section. Nonetheless, when a striking visualization comes out, it’s not unusual to see commentary and controversy on the web, moving from blogs to … Continue reading Design and Redesign in Data Visualization

Machine consciousness: Big data analytics and the Internet of Things

During my visit to General Electric’s Global Research Centers in San Ramon, California, and Niskayuna, New York, last month, I got what amounts to an end-to-end tour of what GE calls the “Industrial Internet.” The phrase refers to the technologies of cloud computing and the “Internet of Things” applied across a broad swath of GE’s … Continue reading Machine consciousness: Big data analytics and the Internet of Things

Company mortality: Researchers find patterns in the life and death of firms

It’s a simple enough question: how long does a typical business have to live? Economists have been thinking about that one for decades without a particularly clear answer, but new research by SFI scientists reveals a surprising insight: publicly-traded firms die off at the same rate regardless of their age or economic sector. Continue reading Company mortality: Researchers find patterns in the life and death of firms

Seven observations on the newly released ICEWS data

… the point of today’s posting is the long, long awaited release of a public version of the Integrated Conflict Early Warning System (ICEWS) dataset, which appeared without fanfare on Dataverse late in the afternoon on Friday, 27 March, with Jay Ulfelder probably responsible for first spotting it. This is a massive resource—the investment in … Continue reading Seven observations on the newly released ICEWS data

Why Apple Had To Take The NoSQL Plunge

Apple has quietly—and not so quietly—been buying up Big Datacompanies over the past few years, most recently acquiring FoundationDB but in 2013 also purchasing Acunu, maker of a real-time analytics platform. The intent seems to be to purchase data infrastructure talent—and very particular talent at that. Basically, Apple needed to get into NoSQL database technology in a bad … Continue reading Why Apple Had To Take The NoSQL Plunge