Tag: Algorithms

Chicago Is Predicting Food Safety Violations. Why Aren’t Other Cities?

US FDA / Flickr The three dozen inspectors at the Chicago Department of Public Health scrutinize 16,000 eating establishments to protect diners from gut-bombing food sickness. Some of those pose more of a health risk than others; approximately 15 percent

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A Gentle Guide to Machine Learning

Machine Learning is a subfield within Artificial Intelligence that builds algorithms that allow computers to learn to perform tasks from data instead of being explicitly programmed. Got it? We can make machines learn to do things! The first time I

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Why you should use open data to hone your machine learning models

Guest blog by Justin Tenuto One of the big reasons we created our Data for Everyone initiative is that there simply aren’t a ton of great open datasets out there for small businesses, startups, and academics to do work on. Sure, there

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Data Lab Link Roundup: Dat goes Beta, visualizing machine learning, a clinical trial simulator, the Hadleyverse, and a standard deviation puzzle

Here are some things that caught our attention last week: If you’re anything like me, you’re a sucker for algorithm visualization. These sorting algorithm animations and Mike Bostock’s visualizations of sampling, shuffling, sorting and maze generation are among my favorites. So I was delighted to find R2D3’s Visual Introduction to

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Avoiding prejudice in data-based decisions

Image credit: Pixabay user PIX1861 It’s important to know the potential problems of releasing individual-level data that can arise from bad data management practices, as well as the practices we can implement to lessen the likelihood of individual harm. At the same

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The big data round-up

From cycling to story telling, data now plays an important part of every day life. But as we find out in the news this week, it’s not the data but how it’s interpreted that’s important. We’ve scoured the corners of

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Enigma Raises $28.2 Million in Series B Funding

Share A photo is uploaded to Instagram. Millions of gallons of water course through pipes deep below the street. A plane meanders across the early morning sky. Data can be found everywhere in the world, this isn’t the challenge. The

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Notes on Robot Churnalism, Part I – Robot Writers

In Some Notes on Churnalism and a Question About Two Sided Markets, I tried to pull together a range of observations about the process of churnalism, in which journalists propagate PR copy without much, if any, critique, contextualisation or corroboration.

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Crowdsourcing Prediction

Cities around the country are finding new ways to use their administrative data. But data is all around us, and cities can gain significant insights by forming strategic data partnerships and tapping into the knowledge of the online crowd. This

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Help cities keep it fresh

Cities across the United States are capitalizing on big data. Predictive policing is becoming a prominent tool for public safety in many cities. In Boston, an algorithm helps determine “problem properties” where the city can target interventions. In Chicago, they

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