The speed at which MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) have become part of the zeitgeist of higher education has been phenomenal. As a proxy, searches for the term "MOOC" were virtually nil until the beginning of 2012 according to Google Trends. With any such rapid innovation, we find ourselves in a place where practice is leading theory. In this special issue, we seek to provide a forum to help begin to close this gap.
Basic Category Theory by Tom Leinster. From the webpage: Basic Category Theory is an introductory category theory textbook. Features: It doesn’t assume much, either in terms of background or mathematical maturity.
There is a lot of excitement around the current trend to get more people to be into computer programming. Whether or not they end up becoming coders, we can all at least can gain a bit from “computational thinking.” Perhaps with this movement, computer users will all eventually become computational creators. Unlikely, but we can…
Comment "Gust MEES":
OH YES, I remind very well that time! I learned programming in "BASIC" and made any program BETTER, adapted it to my needs, as it was very easy with "Basic"! ALREADY +/- 33 years ago, LOL ;) Monochrome Monitors (ONLY green...) and ONLY 8k of Memory (OK, 16k with upgrade...) with cassettes who needed to get tuned the magnet head sometimes for results, ===> OMG! <=== BUT #FUN :)
by Liz Walter Changes in social attitudes, new laws on same-sex relationships, and advances in medical procedures connected with conception and surrogacy have all led to new family structures and relationships, and this blog looks at some terms...
We now have the processing power, and mountains of language data, to automate all kinds of useful language tasks, from translation to reading messy handwriting. These automatic text generators may not be, strictly speaking, useful, but usefulness was never what we really loved about language anyway.
Andrew Steele: Germany's trouncing of Brazil was unprecedented in World Cup history, but the result may not be as surprising as you might think
Pascual Pérez-Paredes's insight:
The model is incredibly simple: it assumes that goals in football follow a"Poisson distribution". The Poisson is a statistical staple because it is broadly applicable in the real world: it calculates the chance of a given number of events (such as goals being scored) happening within a specified length of time (such as a 90-minute football match), given the average rate at which those events have occurred in the past.
CLiC 1.0, an online tool for the corpus linguistic study of Dickens's novels and other 19th century fiction. http://clic.nottingham.ac.uk:8080/index.html If you have any feedback or are interested in the practical exercises we are developing for use with CLiC please do get in touch. Please note that CLiC 1.0 is still a prototype so not everything is working yet at this stage. ---------------
Pakistani students are least likely to be selected, according to a study of 50,000 applicants conducted by the LSE Datablog: White British more likely to get university offers than other ethnicitiesStudents from black and ethnic minority...
Salon The truth about clichés: Why the stigma against them isn't entirely fair Salon In looking at language for the purpose of studying clichés, corpora have given me an excellent tool for determining how often, and in what contexts, a particular...