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Fact Versus Frivolity in Facebook
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Fact Versus Frivolity in Facebook

Facebook, for the sake of its own business integrity and for the sake of the public, should give up any attempt to guarantee veracity in items posted by users. ...

What Happened?
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What Happened?

As forecasters attempt to understand exactly what happened in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the data itself may hold vital clues.

Exascale Computing and Big Data: Time To Reunite
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Exascale Computing and Big Data: Time To Reunite

It is past time to reunite the big data, cloud, and high-performance computing communities. Each can each learn much from the other.

The Life of a Computer Pioneer
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The Life of a Computer Pioneer

Obituary of F.L. Bauer, German informatics pioneer.

Socializing with Robots @Ginza
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Socializing with Robots @Ginza

Modern social robots are making their debut in our daily lives.

The NIPS Experiment
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The NIPS Experiment

In the NIPS experiment, 10% of papers submitted to the Neural Information Processing Systems Foundation went through its review process twice, with results compared...

Lessons from Winnie the Pooh: Sustainable Cyberinfrastructure
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Lessons from Winnie the Pooh: Sustainable Cyberinfrastructure

The longitudinal value of research data often accrues to disciplines other than those where it was created. We need a new model that judiciously balances investment...

Little's Law in the Exascale Era
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Little's Law in the Exascale Era

When performance optimization, reliability requirements, and energy management are convolved with component costs, device physics, system software services and...

HPC, Big Data and the Peloponnesian War
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HPC, Big Data and the Peloponnesian War

We need a concord and strategic research investment plan that recognizes the shared importance of HPC and big data. Both warrant investments in basic research,...

Priming, Assimilation Bias, Social Proof in Social Media
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Priming, Assimilation Bias, Social Proof in Social Media

As the US election draws near, what is the role that social media play in this political process?  How do social theories and psychological tendencies affect the...

What Does 'Big Data' Mean?
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What Does 'Big Data' Mean?

It is interesting to note that a substantial subset of the computer science community has redefined their research agenda to fit under the marketing banner of "Big...

Conferences vs. Journals in Computer Science: An Alternative Perspective from Education
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Conferences vs. Journals in Computer Science: An Alternative Perspective from Education

What if computer science conferences required proposals for presentations and then selected some for consideration in journals and book chapters?  

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...

Possible Hadoop Trajectories
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Possible Hadoop Trajectories

Hadoop has spread rapidly in the last few years as a platform for parallel computation in Java, but we believe a lot of improvement will be required for serious...

Using 'Averages' While Thinking About Social Behavior? That's Probably Wrong!
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Using 'Averages' While Thinking About Social Behavior? That's Probably Wrong!

Using "averages" as a metric while thinking about Social Systems is probably wrong.

NITRD 20: A Day in Your Life
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NITRD 20: A Day in Your Life

Progress in information technology over the past 20 years has dramatically changed our lives — in our daily routine, at play, and at work. 

COLT/ICML Open Problems and ICML Instructions
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COLT/ICML Open Problems and ICML Instructions

Open problems will be presented in a joint session in the evening of the COLT/ICML overlap day. If you have a difficult, theoretically definable problem in machine...

Research Data Sustainability and Access
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Research Data Sustainability and Access

The dramatic growth of research data, the collaborative nature of international research, expectations for economic returns, and disciplinary differences all make...

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John McCarthy

The contributions and personality of John McCarthy, one of the pioneers of computer science.

What We Owe Google, and What Google Owes Us
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What We Owe Google, and What Google Owes Us

We rely on online information sources--maybe too much. What is our responsibility to make sure that they're accurate, and what responsibility do the sources have...
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