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    July 2017


    From Computational Complexity

    What are the top Computer science programs for women?

    What are the top Computer Science Programs for Women?



    How would one even answer the question?



    Some people did a study based on National Center for Education Statistics and Payscale. The results are here.



    1) While I believe…

    GASARCH | July 23, 2017 at 02:39 PM

    From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

    Is Computer Science Education Facing a Bursting Bubble?

    Is Computer Science Education Facing a Bursting Bubble?

    The other day Audrey Watters, one of my favorite contrarians, posted  Why Are Coding Bootcamps Going Out of Business? which focused on the failure of some coding bootcamps and the consolidation of others. Today I read A TechBoth…

    Alfred Thompson | July 23, 2017 at 12:40 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Machine Learning and Big Data

    Machine Learning and Big Data

    I was recently asked, whats the difference? ....  Just Architecture vs Math?

    Machine learning with Big Data is, in many ways, different than "regular" machine learning. This informative image is helpful in identifying the steps…

    Franz Dill | July 23, 2017 at 12:02 PM

    From insideHPC

    Survey: Training and Support #1 Concern for the HPC Community

    Survey: Training and Support #1 Concern for the HPC Community

    Initial results of the Scientific Computing World (SCW) HPC readership survey have shown training and support for HPC resources are the number one concern for both those that operate and manage HPC facilities and researchers …

    staff | July 23, 2017 at 11:52 AM

    From insideHPC

    Video: ddR – Distributed Data Structures in R

    Video: ddR – Distributed Data Structures in R

    "A few weeks ago, we revealed ddR (Distributed Data-structures in R), an exciting new project started by R-Core, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and others that provides a fresh new set of computational primitives for distributed…

    Rich Brueckner | July 23, 2017 at 10:00 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    The Game of Checkers

    The Game of Checkers

    Back on our early AI days, we looked closely at problem solving for games.  Notably the work of Arthur Samuel in machine learning.   This piece below on the seemingly simple game of checkers. Good about the people involved, but…

    Franz Dill | July 23, 2017 at 09:50 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Amazon Chats

    Amazon Chats

     Anytime by Amazon

    Will customers use an Amazon app to chat?    by Matthew Stern in Retailwire. With discussion.

    Smartphone messaging is perhaps one of the only areas of technology where we haven’t seen Amazon.com’s name show up…

    Franz Dill | July 23, 2017 at 09:02 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Machine Learning and Hidden Decision Trees

    Machine Learning and Hidden Decision Trees

    Had posted about this once before.    We used decision trees effectively in the enterprise, and they can be useful due to their transparency.   In particular because it has a built in relationship to process.   Use it to work…

    Franz Dill | July 23, 2017 at 08:26 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Design for the Users, not a Mythical Generation

    Design for the Users, not a Mythical Generation

    The other day the question came up about how we should carefully design our user interface to match the generation of the current predicted user base.  Were they Gen X or Gen Y?   But have always felt this was a lame way to design…

    Franz Dill | July 22, 2017 at 06:00 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Using Social Media to Find Top Customers

    Using Social Media to Find Top Customers

    In Knowedge@Wharton.  

    Influencing the Influencers: Using Social Media to Find Top Customers


    Wharton's Gad Allon discusses his research on using social media data to identify a company's top customers.

    Podcast/Text

    Social mediaDennis…

    Franz Dill | July 22, 2017 at 03:06 PM

    From My Biased Coin

    Current Harvard Oddness

    Current Harvard Oddness

    It's summer.  And I'm now on sabbatical.  So perhaps I shouldn't care about strange Harvard politics goings-on, but I can't help it.

    Here's the tl;dr version, which is already too long.  (What's the recursive form of tl;dr?)

    Several…

    Michael Mitzenmacher | July 22, 2017 at 02:52 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Disney Tests Facial Expression Analysis for Movies

    Disney Tests Facial Expression Analysis for Movies

    Back to using facial expression detection and coding.  Not new, Something we also experimented with, in lab settings, but here with new data science doing the analysis.  Some details in Phys.org.

    Disney Uses Neural Net Technology…

    Franz Dill | July 22, 2017 at 12:10 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Origami Robots Moving Without Battery Power

    Origami Robots Moving Without Battery Power

    Following uses of origami folding methods for simplifying robotics.   See much written before on this space regarding practical Origami, at the tag below.

    Harvard's Folding Origami Robot can move without Requiring Battery Power…

    Franz Dill | July 22, 2017 at 11:54 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Aspen Ideas on Future of Intelligence

    Aspen Ideas on Future of Intelligence

    The Future of Intelligence   Aspen Ideas Festival

    Bill Gates portends doomsday is coming. Stephen Hawking says we should prepare for our robot overlords to take their thrones. But is the future as glaring as Hal’s red eye? Or

    Speakers…

    Franz Dill | July 22, 2017 at 11:37 AM

    From insideHPC

    Altair Showcases PBScloud.IO at ISC 2017

    Altair Showcases PBScloud.IO at ISC 2017

    In this video, Jérémie Bourdoncle from Altair describes the company's new PBScloud.IO offering for private clouds. "Altair is excited to announce the availability of PBScloud.io, its latest appliance solution to enable and expand…

    Rich Brueckner | July 22, 2017 at 11:20 AM

    From insideHPC

    Job of the Week: Software Engineer at NCAR

    Job of the Week: Software Engineer at NCAR

    NCAR in Boulder is seeking a Software Engineer in our Job of the Week. "This position focuses primarily on the development of tools to meet the needs for the NCAR/IT community, and the design, writing, implementation, and support…

    Rich Brueckner | July 22, 2017 at 10:02 AM

    From Schneier on Security

    Friday Squid Blogging: Giant Squid Caught Off the Coast of Ireland

    Friday Squid Blogging: Giant Squid Caught Off the Coast of Ireland

    It's the second in two months. Video. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered. Read my blog posting guidelines here....

    Bruce Schneier | July 21, 2017 at 05:33 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Robot Physical Therapy

    Robot Physical Therapy

    This came to mind in a recent physical therapy session, with my PT describing how muscles could be trained back into health   Why not hook up  a sensory means to watch the muscles,  detect changes in pattern,  and adjust the

     In…

    Franz Dill | July 21, 2017 at 12:48 PM

    From insideHPC

    OpenACC Brings Directives to Accelerated Computing at ISC 2017

    OpenACC Brings Directives to Accelerated Computing at ISC 2017

    In this video from ISC 2017, Sunita Chandrasekaran and Michael Wolfe describe how OpenACC makes GPU-accelerated computing more accessible to scientists and engineers. "OpenACC is a user-driven directive-based performance-portable…

    Rich Brueckner | July 21, 2017 at 11:47 AM

    From insideHPC

    Agenda Posted: August MVAPICH User Group Meeting in Ohio

    Agenda Posted: August MVAPICH User Group Meeting in Ohio

    The MVAPICH User Group Meeting (MUG) has posted its meeting agenda. The event takes place August 14-16, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. "As the annual gathering of MVAPICH2 users, researchers, developers, and system administrators, the…

    Rich Brueckner | July 21, 2017 at 11:33 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Towards Lights-Out Fulfillment

    Towards Lights-Out Fulfillment

    'Lights-Out' used to be a favorite term when we worked in AI applications for the enterprise. Dramatically implying no humans, or lights needed to be involved.    Near total automation is still not here, but is approaching.  Consider…

    Franz Dill | July 21, 2017 at 11:30 AM

    From insideHPC

    Red Hat Ceph Storage Powers Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Red Hat Ceph Storage Powers Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Today Red Hat announced that the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is using Red Hat Ceph Storage to support the growing needs of its research community. UAB selected Red Hat Ceph Storage because it offers researchers …

    staff | July 21, 2017 at 10:58 AM

    From insideHPC

    Video: Towards Quantum High Performance Computing

    Video: Towards Quantum High Performance Computing

    "Following an introduction to the exceptional computational power of quantum computers using analogies with classical high performance computing systems, I will discuss real-world application problems that can be tackled on medium…

    Rich Brueckner | July 21, 2017 at 10:32 AM

    From Daniel Lemire's Blog

    Science and Technology links (July 21st, 2017)

    Science and Technology links (July 21st, 2017)

    Want proof that you live in the future? Ok. There is this “cryptocurrency” called ethereum and it is causing a shortage of microprocessors: Demand from Ethereum miners has created temporary shortages of some of the graphics cards…

    Daniel Lemire | July 21, 2017 at 09:57 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    AI Exceeding Human Performance

    AI Exceeding Human Performance

    Predictions are cheap,  machines have been faster than humans for some time, but when inserted in a set of tasks that that need to be done can be very different.   Thoughtful ideas here:

    Intelligent Machines
    Experts Predict When…

    Franz Dill | July 21, 2017 at 09:22 AM

    From Schneier on Security

    Hacking a Segway

    Hacking a Segway

    The Segway has a mobile app. It is hackable: While analyzing the communication between the app and the Segway scooter itself, Kilbride noticed that a user PIN number meant to protect the Bluetooth communication from unauthorized…

    Bruce Schneier | July 21, 2017 at 07:23 AM

    From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

    Five Must Read Blogs for Computer Science Teachers

    Five Must Read Blogs for Computer Science Teachers

    I maintain a computer science education blog roll with as many good blogs for computer science teachers as I can find. It's a good like for the most part. Some of the blogs listed are seldom updated though. And some are really…

    Alfred Thompson | July 21, 2017 at 07:14 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Sears Integrates Alexa in Appliances, Sells on Amazon

    Sears Integrates Alexa in Appliances, Sells on Amazon

    Have noted earlier that GE is also integrating voice control on appliances.  In Adage: 

    Sears to Integrate Alexa Into Appliances and Start Selling on Amazon
    Shares in Sears Holdings kicked off their biggest rally in almost two

    Terms…

    Franz Dill | July 20, 2017 at 06:58 PM

    From Computational Complexity

    I would call these Galois Games but I can't

    Here is a game (Darling says I only blog about non-fun games. This post will NOT prove her wrong.)



    Let D be a domain,  d ≥  1 and 0 ≠ a0  ∈ D. There are two players Wanda (for Wants root) and Nora (for No root). One of the players…

    GASARCH | July 20, 2017 at 05:47 PM

    From XRDS

    The Power of WordNet and How to Use It in Python

    The Power of WordNet and How to Use It in Python

    In this post, I am going to talk about the relations in WordNet (https://wordnet.princeton.edu) and how you can use these in a Python project. WordNet is a database of English words with different relations between the words.…

    Prachi Kumar | July 20, 2017 at 04:14 PM
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