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Technical Perspective: Does Your Experiment Smell?
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Technical Perspective: Does Your Experiment Smell?

"PlanAlyzer," by Emma Tosch et al., details PlanAlyzer software, the first tool to statically check the validity of online experiments.

PlanAlyzer
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PlanAlyzer: Assessing Threats to the Validity of Online Experiments

We present the first approach for checking the internal validity of online experiments statically, that is, from code alone.

Technical Perspective: The Importance of WINOGRANDE
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Technical Perspective: The Importance of WINOGRANDE

"WINOGRANDE" explores new methods of dataset development and adversarial filtering, expressly designed to prevent AI systems from making claims of smashing through...

WinoGrande
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WinoGrande: An Adversarial Winograd Schema Challenge at Scale

We introduce WinoGrande, a large-scale dataset of 44k problems, inspired by the original Winograd Schema Challenge, but adjusted to improve both the scale and the...

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Technical Perspective: The Strength of SuRF

The authors of "Succinct Range Filters" make a critical and insightful observation: For a given set of queries, the upper levels of the trie incur many more accesses...

Succinct Range Filters
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Succinct Range Filters

We present the Succinct Range Filter (SuRF), a fast and compact data structure for approximate membership tests.

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Technical Perspective: Programming Microfluidics to Execute Biological Protocols

The approach taken in "BioScript," by Jason Ott, et al., is an example of how programming languages can help develop executable protocols that are conforming, understandable...

BioScript
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BioScript: Programming Safe Chemistry on Laboratories-on-a-Chip

This paper introduces BioScript, a domain-specific language for programmable biochemistry that executes on emerging microfluidic platforms.

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Technical Perspective: BLeak: Semantics-Aware Leak Detection in the Web

What is the right leak oracle that can precisely capture the behavior of leaks in Web applications? "BLeak: Automatically Debugging Memory Leaks in Web Applications...

BLeak
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BLeak: Automatically Debugging Memory Leaks in Web Applications

This paper introduces BLeak (Browser Leak debugger), the first system for automatically debugging memory leaks in web applications.

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Technical Perspective: Analyzing Smart Contracts with MadMax

"MadMax: Analyzing the Out-of-Gas World of Smart Contracts," by Neville Grech et al., effectively discovers a new smart contract vulnerability, and proposes a detection...

MadMax
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MadMax: Analyzing the Out-of-Gas World of Smart Contracts

We identify gas-focused vulnerabilities and present MadMax: a static program analysis technique that automatically detects gas-focused vulnerabilities with very...

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Technical Perspective: Progress in Spatial Computing for Flood Prediction

There are few algorithms for multi-flow graphs beyond flow accumulation. The authors of "Flood-Risk Analysis on Terrains" take a big step to fill this knowledge...

Flood-Risk Analysis on Terrains
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Flood-Risk Analysis on Terrains

In this paper, we study a number of flood-risk related problems, give an overview of efficient algorithms for them, as well as explore the efficacy and efficiency...

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Technical Perspective: Computing the Value of Location Data

"Computing Value of Spatiotemporal Information," by Heba Aly et al., describes a technique for computing the monetary value of a person's location data for a potential...

Computing Value of Spatiotemporal Information
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Computing Value of Spatiotemporal Information

We investigate the intrinsic value of location data in the context of strong privacy, where location information is only available from end users via purchase. ...

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Technical Perspective: ASIC Clouds: Specializing the Datacenter

Can we build purpose-built, warehouse-scale datacenters customized for large-scale arrays of ASIC accelerators or, to use a term coined in the paper by Michael...

ASIC Clouds
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ASIC Clouds: Specializing the Datacenter for Planet-Scale Applications

This paper distills lessons from Bitcoin ASIC Clouds and applies them to other large scale workloads, showing superior TCO (total cost of ownership) versus CPU...

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Technical Perspective: A Perspective on Pivot Tracing

Instead of handing trace records off to a collector for long-term storage and future processing, the system described in "Pivot Tracing: Dynamic Causal Monitoring...

Pivot Tracing
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Pivot Tracing: Dynamic Causal Monitoring for Distributed Systems

This paper presents Pivot Tracing, a monitoring framework for distributed systems, which addresses the limitations of today's monitoring and diagnosis tools by...
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