Tagged: Data

What is 5G? The next generation of wireless, explained - Guest Work

Guest Author May 21, 2018

Jan Rabaey, University of California, Berkeley Every decade or so, the wireless industry rolls out a new cellular communications standard that can transmit more data more quickly. Already under development is the next round, called “5G” because it’s the fifth major generation of these standards for encoding and transmitting data over radio waves. The … Read More

Publication Bias - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton May 03, 2018

We’ve known about the problems of publication bias at least since 1992. If it’s easier to get statistically significant results published than insignificant results, then there are whole literatures that become untrustworthy. Andrea Menclova at Canterbury is doing something about it. This has been a while in the making – we were talking about it when I was still at … Read More

Small size simply isn’t the issue … - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Apr 12, 2018

Just yesterday I wrote, in response to a comment that My point simply was that there is no obvious correlation, in the cross section, between population size and GDP per capita (or productivity). I’m not aware of any serious observer arguing otherwise At the level of very simple correlations, I’d illustrated this lack of relationship –  whether for all … Read More

Psychographics: the behavioural analysis that helped Cambridge Analytica know voters’ minds - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 29, 2018

Michael Wade, IMD Business School This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. The dealings that have been revealed between Cambridge Analytica and Facebook have all the trappings of a Hollywood thriller: a Bond villain-style CEO, a reclusive billionaire, a naïve and conflicted whistle-blower, a hipster data scientist turned politico, an academic … Read More

Your online privacy depends as much on your friends’ data habits as your own - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 28, 2018

Vincent Mitchell, University of Sydney; Andrew Stephen, University of Oxford, and Bernadette Kamleitner, Vienna University of Economics and Business This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. In the aftermath of revelations about the alleged misuse of Facebook user data by Cambridge Analytica, many social media users are … Read More

China’s quest for techno-military supremacy - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 08, 2018

Adam Ni, Australian National University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Chinese President Xi Jinping wants to transform China’s military into the world’s most powerful force by 2050. And he could be on track to do it. On the opening day of its National People’s Congress in Beijing yesterday, … Read More

Your mobile phone can give away your location, even if you tell it not to - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 09, 2018

Guevara Noubir, Northeastern University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. U.S. military officials were recently caught off guard by revelations that servicemembers’ digital fitness trackers were storing the locations of their workouts – including at or near military bases and clandestine sites around the world. But this threat … Read More

No, we have no GM tomatoes - BioBlog

Alison Campbell Feb 08, 2018

No sooner have I written a post about the synergy between FB and blogging then it happens again 🙂 Again, hat-tip to Yvette d’Entremont, who posted a link to an article purporting to tell consumers how to distinguish between GM and ‘regular’ tomatoes. The writer of that article certainly wears their heart on their sleeve – just look … Read More

Artificial intelligence is the weapon of the next Cold War - Guest Work

Guest Author Jan 31, 2018

Jeremy Straub, North Dakota State University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. It is easy to confuse the current geopolitical situation with that of the 1980s. The United States and Russia each accuse the other of interfering in domestic affairs. Russia has annexed territory over U.S. Read More

Anti-fluoridation campaigners often use statistical significance to confirm bias - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Dec 06, 2017

Frankly, these days I just get turned off by media reports of studies showing statistically significant relationships as evidence for or against the latest health or other fads. I was pleased to read this Nature article – Five ways to fix statistics – recently as it mirrors my concern at the way statistical analysis is sometimes used to justify or confirm a bias and not … Read More