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January 2016


From The Eponymous Pickle

Evaluating Machine Learning Algorithms in R

Evaluating Machine Learning Algorithms in R

Part of the problem with open source methods, like those in R, is that there are too many options.   How do you know which to use?  For research, for production?  Machine Learning Mastery provides some good thoughts on how to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Study of Human Capital in the Cognitive Era

Study of Human Capital in the Cognitive Era

Mention and further discussionStudy of Human Capital in the Cognitive Era   Via Jim Spohrer.   Pointing towards how jobs will evolve.   My recent experience has indicated that jobs, even those that are focused technically, are…


From insideHPC

Agenda Published: HPC-Based CFD for Offshore Renewable Energy Workshop

Agenda Published: HPC-Based CFD for Offshore Renewable Energy Workshop

The speaker agenda has been published for the HPC-Based CFD for Offshore Renewable Energy Workshop. The two-day event takes place April 7-8 at Lancaster University in the UK.

The post Agenda Published: HPC-Based CFD for Offshore…


From insideHPC

Video: DDN’s End-to-End HPC Data Management

Video: DDN’s End-to-End HPC Data Management

In this video, Roger Goff from DDN describes how the company's storage solutions have evolved to address the changing demands and requirements of HPC from compute all the way throughout the entire data lifecycle.

The post Video…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Look at Text Classification

A Look at Text Classification

From an introduction, to simple methods, to depth  This was an area we used extensively for 'content' analysis to understand consumer responses.  Most recently have looked at it as a method of classifying written comments inText…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ground Based GPS

Ground Based GPS

So many crucial services depend on GPS today.    Beacons are a technology that address this.  We examined indoor location finding for retail.   Also may be key for implementing an IOT of many things, behind many walls, in new…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Syngenta and Soybean Seeds

Syngenta and Soybean Seeds

In Informs.  The use of analytics in agriculture. At first blush, the problem seems relatively simple and inconsequential: How do you breed a better soybean seed?It turns out that the soybean, like many of Mother Nature’s living…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The AI Behind Watson

The AI Behind Watson

A reexamination of current cognitive methods, and their use of knowledge representations, led me to this 2010 article:  The AI behind Watson, from AAAI magazine.  Nicely done overview. Necessarily dated, but a useful place to…


From insideHPC

Video: Massive Data Sheds Light on Your Microbiome

Video: Massive Data Sheds Light on Your Microbiome

"The human microbiome plays a role in processes as diverse as metabolism, immune function, and mental health. Yet despite the importance of this system, scientists are just beginning to uncover which microorganisms reside in …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Raspberry Pi Laptop

Raspberry Pi Laptop

In Indiegogo: A proposal that takes the basic board and adds keyboard and display, then lets you update the system. Nice idea that could lead to other innovations.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Make Everything Seamless in Retail

Make Everything Seamless in Retail

Make Everything Happen At OnceExecuting on the hybrid purchase model of online shopping and in-store pickup. ... " 


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Failure Of Unique Factorization

A simple example of the failure of the fundamental theorem of arithmetic Ernst Kummer was a German mathematician active in the early 1800s. He is most famous for his beautiful work on an approach designed to solve Fermat’s Last…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

President Obama Announces #CSforAll Initiative

President Obama Announces #CSforAll Initiative

Those of us involved in Computer Science education wer pretty excited when President Obama mentianed computer science education in his State of the Union Address. That’s a big deal. This morning the president when even further…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: HPC Systems Engineer at Ohio Supercomputer Center

Job of the Week: HPC Systems Engineer at Ohio Supercomputer Center

The Ohio Supercomputer Center is seeking an HPC Systems Engineer in our Job of the Week.

The post Job of the Week: HPC Systems Engineer at Ohio Supercomputer Center appeared first on insideHPC.


From Computer Science Teachers Association

2016: The Year of CS Education

2016:  The Year of CS Education

A Prediction Comes True… When asked for a New Year’s prediction a few weeks ago, I responded that 2016 would be the Year of Computer Science Education.  I did not anticipate just how accurate that prediction would turn out to…


From Putting People First

Is design thinking the next big thing for U.S. power?

Is design thinking the next big thing for U.S. power?

The U.S. Army is already using design thinking to inform its battle doctrine, and now voices go up to apply it to US foreign policy as well. Design Thinking Comes to the U.S. Army by Roger Martin The U.S. Army has incorporated…


From Putting People First

Design thinking for museums

Design thinking for museums

The Design Thinking for Museums site is the outcome of a 2012 partnership between the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school). It is conceived as a resource for…


From Putting People First

[Book] Asian Perspectives on Digital Culture

[Book] Asian Perspectives on Digital Culture

Asian Perspectives on Digital Culture: Emerging Phenomena, Enduring Concepts Edited by Sun Sun Lim, Cheryll Soriano Routledge, 2016 214 pages Abstract In Asia, amidst its varied levels of economic development and diverse cultural…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Machine Learning Reshaping our World

Machine Learning Reshaping our World

I like the enthusiasm of this, but I disagree somewhat.  True, ML is a kind of learning.  But its still not necessarily easy to get it the right data to learn with, or to configure the ML to make it learn the right thing, orIn…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Inside Stephen Hawking's Head

Inside Stephen Hawking's Head

Climb Inside Stephen Hawking's Head in BBC's Stunning FilmInside His Head, which is on the BBC website, imagines a journey inside Hawking's mind and combines clips of his distinctive robotic "voice" with some awesome animation…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Polynesian Squid Hook

Friday Squid Blogging: Polynesian Squid Hook

From 1909, for squid fishing. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered....


From Schneier on Security

Encryption Backdoor Comic

Encryption Backdoor Comic

"Support our Snoops."...


From The Eponymous Pickle

Disruption from 3D Printing

Disruption from 3D Printing

In McKinsey:  " ... 3-D printing takes shape ... Additive manufacturing is evolving quickly. Senior executives should begin preparing for five disruptions that will accompany it. ... "  


From The Eponymous Pickle

Only Humans Need Apply. Davenport and Kirby on Smart Machines

Only Humans Need Apply. Davenport and Kirby on Smart Machines

Attended an MIT Webinar covering the topic of the forthcoming book:Only Humans Need Apply: Winners and Losers in the Age of Smart Machines   – Available May 24, 2016  by Thomas H. Davenport and Julia Kirby    (Will post talk"…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Getting IOT Speaking the Same Language

Getting IOT Speaking the Same Language

In O'Reilly: How do we ultimately get all IOT systems to speak the same language?   A good, generally non technical exploration.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Making Digital for the Analog

Making Digital for the Analog

In K@W: Interesting view of the topic.  How can we be digital when we are ultiamtely analog?" ... Deftly managing the duality of analog and digital operations is a must for today’s businesses. But while companies understand the…


From insideHPC

Server Radiators to Power Cloud from DATA4 Group & Qarnot Computing

Server Radiators to Power Cloud from DATA4 Group & Qarnot Computing

Today European datacenter specialist DATA4 Group and Qarnot Computing announced a new type of distributed computing system that offers "greener and more efficient computing services." The system is based on Qarnot's Q.rad, a …


From insideHPC

Bright Computing Receives Horizon 2020 Grant for Advancing System Management Technology

Bright Computing Receives Horizon 2020 Grant for Advancing System Management Technology

Today Bright Computing announced it has been awarded a grant of more than 1.5 million Euros by the European Commission under its Horizon 2020 program. The grant will be used for the Bright Beyond HPC program, which focuses on…


From insideHPC

Apply Now for Supercomputing Summer School

Apply Now for Supercomputing Summer School

The summer of 2016 will see a raft of summer schools and other initiatives to train more people in high-performance computing, including efforts to increase the diversity of HPC specialists with a specific program aimed at ethnic…


From insideHPC

Video: Jetstream to Make HPC a Breeze for Researchers

Video: Jetstream to Make HPC a Breeze for Researchers

In this video, researchers describe how the Jetstream project at Indiana University. Jetstream is a user-friendly cloud environment designed to give researchers access to interactive computing and data analysis resources on demand…

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