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My Scientific Big Data Are Lonely
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My Scientific Big Data Are Lonely

Although there are daunting technical challenges posed by big data in science and engineering, the social and economic challenges are just as difficult, though...

Research Directions for Machine Learning and Algorithms
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Research Directions for Machine Learning and Algorithms

An in-depth discussion of near-term research directions for machine learning and algorithms.

Embracing Noise or Why Computer Scientists Should Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Errors
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Embracing Noise or Why Computer Scientists Should Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Errors

Precision is not required in everything or even most things.  Failures are best handled by expecting them all the time, not treating them as exceptions.  We should...

Intellectual Amplification via Computing
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Intellectual Amplification via Computing

As the recent performance of IBM's Watson system on the game show Jeopardy! illustrated, the combination of large-scale data, rich algorithm suites and powerful...

Talking with PCAST
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Talking with PCAST

I told three stories at PCAST — The Google Story, Model Checking, and Machine Learning — as a way to illustrate the importance of sustained federal funding of basic...

Remembering Internet Dogs
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Remembering Internet Dogs

An iconic cartoon by Peter Steiner, which appeared in The New Yorker in 1993, captured the nature of the nascent Internet. It shows a dog seated at a computer,...

Learning from the DARPA Network Challenge
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Learning from the DARPA Network Challenge

Part 3: Lessons Learned. This is the story of the Georgia Tech team's experiences in the DARPA Network Challenge, a competition designed to see how online social...

Finding DARPA's 10 Red Balloons
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Finding DARPA's 10 Red Balloons

Part 2: Launch Day. This is the story of the Georgia Tech team's experiences in the DARPA Network Challenge, a competition designed to see how online social networks...

Preparing for the DARPA Network Challenge
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Preparing for the DARPA Network Challenge

In late 2009 DARPA held its Network Challenge, a competition designed to see how online social networks could locate 10 red weather balloons moored throughout the...

WSDM 2010: Day 3
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WSDM 2010: Day 3

Third day of WSDM 2010.

WSDM 2010: Day 2
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WSDM 2010: Day 2

 Report on 2nd day of WSDM 2010.

WSDM 2010: Day 1
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WSDM 2010: Day 1

 Report on first day of WSDM 2010 conference.

What Will 2010 Bring?
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What Will 2010 Bring?

What changes will we see in 2010 in computing?

The Rise of the External Brain
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The Rise of the External Brain

From an entirely unexpected source, we begin to realize the dream of an external brain that supplements our knowledge, wisdom, and memories.

Better GPS Software Through User Feedback
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Better GPS Software Through User Feedback

I appreciate my GPS software can tell me where I am, but it should get better at predicting where I will go.

Grace Hopper Keynote 1: Megan Smith
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Grace Hopper Keynote 1: Megan Smith

Megan Smith keynote at Grace Hopper

Changing Search Behavior on the World Wild Web
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Changing Search Behavior on the World Wild Web

Are we at a turning point in search is the real $100M question of the month.  It's more about adaptation then features as most regular Internet Users head toward...

What is a Good Recommendation Algorithm?
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What is a Good Recommendation Algorithm?

Someone may win the one million dollar Netflix Prize soon.  Will the winning algorithm produce movie recommendations that people like?

Social Wavicles and Personalized Flows
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Social Wavicles and Personalized Flows

The wavicle nature of our social existence provides a lens for understanding social filtering and its successes.  Still, this doesn't quite get us to truly effective...
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