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October 2014


From XRDS

XRDS: Crossroads, The ACM Magazine for Students

XRDS: Crossroads, The ACM Magazine for Students


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Do no evil in research

Do no evil in research

Inbal Talgam-Cohen, Sean Follmer


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Diverse responses to our diversty issue

Diverse responses to our diversty issue

XRDS Staff


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New directions in language processing

New directions in language processing

Adrian Scoică, Daniel Bauer


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Technology for talking

Technology for talking

Jay Patel


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From zero to excellence

From zero to excellence

Claudia Schulz


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A call for passion

A call for passion

Oded Green, Yoav Green


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Successfully transitioning from academia to entrepreneurship

Successfully transitioning from academia to entrepreneurship

Farnaz Ronaghi


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Why to get involved in the open source community?

Why to get involved in the open source community?

Maria Kechagia


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Spoken dialogue systems: the new frontier in human-computer interaction

Spoken dialogue systems: the new frontier in human-computer interaction

Pierre Lison, Raveesh MeenaWouldn't it be great if we could simply talk to our technical devices instead of relying on cumbersome displays and keyboards to convey what we want?


From XRDS

A hybrid system for code switch point detection in informal Arabic text

A hybrid system for code switch point detection in informal Arabic text

Heba Elfardy, Mohamed Al-Badrashiny, Mona DiabHow to detect the switch between a standard and a dialectal form of a language in written text and why this is important for natural language processing tasks.


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Miriam Plieninger on language learning with Babbel

Miriam Plieninger on language learning with Babbel

Daniel Bauer, Billy RathjeBabbel's Director of Didactics, Miriam Plieninger, weighs in on how mobile apps are rapidly changing the way we approach language learning.


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Profile Geoffrey Hinton: unlocking the language of the brain

Profile Geoffrey Hinton: unlocking the language of the brain

Adrian Scoică


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National Centre for Text Mining (NaCTeM): Manchester, United Kingdom

National Centre for Text Mining (NaCTeM): Manchester, United Kingdom

Georgios Kontonatsios, Matt Shardlow


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Speech synthesis

Speech synthesis

Finn Kuusisto


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Dynamics of news from the <i>New York Times</i>

Dynamics of news from the <i>New York Times</i>

Marinka Zitnik


From The Eponymous Pickle

Salesforce and Wave Analytics

Salesforce and Wave Analytics

Just announced:  " .... Wave is the product of two years' worth of engineering and runs on top of Salesforce's core platform, Buscemi said. That means it's integrated with Salesforce's applications for CRM (customer relationship


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Bricolage by smart people

Bricolage by smart people

Scientific research is fundamentally about learning, about trial and error. Luck and unplanned interactions are a central part of it. Thus research cannot be planned and managed like, say, teaching duties or a Walmart store.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Parenting with a Story

Parenting with a Story

I see that my P&G colleague Paul Smith has a new book coming out Nov 12: Parenting with a Story. A domain sequel to his business oriented book:  Lead with a Story, which was covered here.  Great build on the popular storytelling


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Reciprocity Advantage

The Reciprocity Advantage

Reading The Reciprocity Advantage: A New Way to Partner for Innovation and Growth.  by Bob Johansen and Karl Ronn.  Nicely done with real life enterprise examples, including IBM, TED, Microsoft, Google Apple Store and more.I"


From The Eponymous Pickle

Examining Data Valuation Methods

Examining Data Valuation Methods

Brought this up here some time ago, but thought I would again ....  New analytical methods used with big data have led many companies to think about the value of their data. What is it worth, now and in the future? How abouthttp


From Computational Complexity

Luddite or not?

My first ever guest post for Lance was on Are you a luddite. I certainly am to some extent a luddite, but there are some things where it not clear if they are luddite-ish or not.

  1. I prefer reading books to blogs. This came up


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Opening Pickup Store

Amazon Opening Pickup Store

In Retailwire: Amazon is opening its first physical store in Manhattan.  Real effort or a look to establish a presence?  Isn't their presence already on every smart phone?" ... Rumors about Amazon.com opening stores have been


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

TEDx Time In Buffalo

Our own Ken joins the team for TEDx Adrienne Bermingham is the manager of this year’s TEDx Buffalo event, which will be held this Tuesday at the Montante Center of Canisius College in downtown Buffalo. Today I wish to proudly


From Schneier on Security

How James Bamford Came to Write The Puzzle Palace

How James Bamford Came to Write The Puzzle Palace

Interesting essay about James Bamford and his efforts to publish The Puzzle Palace over the NSA's objections. Required reading for those who think the NSA's excesses are somehow new....


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 13 October 2014

Interesting Links 13 October 2014

It was Spirit Week at my school last week. It’s always interesting what students wear when they have really wide latitude – they wear uniforms most days. I also tried out Code Hunt with my students. I blogged about that yesterday


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Google Makes us Dumber

How Google Makes us Dumber

In Salon:  " .. .The neuroscience of search enginesAs search engines get better, we become lazier. We're hooked on easy answers and undervalue asking good questions ... " 


From The Eponymous Pickle

Finger in the Shopping Wind

Finger in the Shopping Wind

A look at the up-coming conference.  Mostly looking at the future of shopping by Peter Hoyt is the CEO of the Path to Purchase Institute. The Path to Purchase Institute is a global association serving the needs of retailers,"


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Experiments with Code Hunt

Experiments with Code Hunt

I tried something new last week with my Honors Programming students. I feel like they need more practice problem solving and writing short bits of code so I sent them to Code Hunt and had them go at it. Their interest perked

I’m


From The Eponymous Pickle

Analytics in Executive Process

Analytics in Executive Process

In CW: Is there a place for the chief analytics officer?  I am more inclined to think that there can be too many chiefs, and not enough practitioners.  But I say yes to this: " .... As organizations seek to not simply corralTaking

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