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The Modern Data Nerd Isn't as Nerdy as You Think | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com

The Modern Data Nerd Isn't as Nerdy as You Think | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com | The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium | Scoop.it
Data scientists are fast becoming the rock stars of the 21st century. Thanks in part to Nate Silver's eerily accurate election predictions and Paul DePodesta's baseball-revolutionizing Moneyball techniques, math nerds have become celebrities.
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luiy's curator insight, April 18, 2013 4:03 PM

Data scientists are fast becoming the rock stars of the 21st century. Thanks in part to Nate Silver’s eerily accurate election predictions and Paul DePodesta’s baseball-revolutionizing Moneyballtechniques, math nerds have become celebrities. It’s debatable how much their work differs from what statisticians have done for years, but it’s a growing field, and many companies are desperate to hire their own data scientists.

The irony is that many of these math nerds aren’t as math nerdy as you might expect.

 

Some of the best minds in the field lack the sort of heavy math or science training you might expect. Silver and Paul DePodesta have bachelor’s degrees in economics, but neither has a PhD. Former Facebook data scientist and Cloudera co-founder Jeff Hammerbacher — who helped define the field as it’s practiced today — only has a bachelor’s in mathematics. The top ranked competitor at Kaggle — which runs regular contest for data scientists — doesn’t have a PhD, and many of the site’s other elite competitors don’t either.

 

“In fact, I argue that often Ph.D.s in computer science in statistics spend too much time thinking about what algorithm to apply and not enough thinking about common sense issues like which set of variables (or features) are most likely to be important,” says Kaggle CEO Anthony Goldbloom.

 

Data scientist John Candido agrees. “An understanding of math is important,” he says, “but equally important is understanding the research. Understanding why you are using a particular type of math is more important than understanding the math itself.”

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Digital natives in Brazil and their behavior in front of the screens

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DevOps - Wikipedia

DevOps

DevOps (a clipped compound of "development" and "operations") is a software development method that stresses communication, collaboration, integration, automation, and measurement of cooperation between software developers and other information-technology (IT) professionals. DevOps is a software development method that emphasizes communication, collaboration (information sharing and web service usage), integration, automation, and measurement of cooperation between software developers and other IT professionals.

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How Big Data and the Internet of Things Create Smart Cities

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The Internet of Things may be giving over to the Internet of Everything as more and more uses are dreamed up for the new wave of Smart Cities.
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Smart City Projects in Brazil | Innovation House

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Brazilian cities had unprecedented growth during the last decades, a phenomenon closely tied to the country’s booming economy. Large metropolitan centers such as state capitals Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo became the hubs for the most relevant companies in Brazil and the largest pockets of population, but also became affected by issues such as high crime rates, unreliable traffic flow and sudden rains that led to landslides and floods.

 

Over the last few years, these issues have been tackled by local governments through the use of technology, with smart city projects that placed Brazil at the forefront of urban planning in the world. ...

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Cidades Inteligentes.

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l'interface du faux-mouvement et la schizophrénie du geste-contrôle.

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Le 4 novembre 2013, j'annonçais l'avènement du World Wide Wear. Le 1er Juin 2015, Google annonce un partenariat avec Levi Strauss pour le lancement d'un Jean connecté, sorte de "touch screen Jean". #ParisGagné. Il y a 10 ans de cela,...
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Will Computers Redefine the Roots of Math? | Quanta Magazine

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When a legendary mathematician found a mistake in his own work, he embarked on a computer-aided quest to eliminate human error. To succeed, he has to rewrite
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Visual arts: Virtual reality will soon immerse us, says keynote speaker in Digital Spring conference

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“Virtual reality is the platform for news and entertainment for the 21st century. It will play the role that TV had in the 20th," keynote speaker says
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NYSE creates a new bitcoin index

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The old-school exchange is leaping into the digital age with an index to value bitcoin.
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Smart Society Project

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"Hybrid and Diversity-Aware Collective Adaptive Systems: When People Meet Machines to Build a Smarter Society"

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Facebook Growth and Penetration in the World - Facebook Statistics

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Facebook World Statistics Growth Comparison between 2011 and 2012, by geographic regions of the world.
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Le paiement par selfie en cours de test aux Pays-Bas

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Mastercard a récemment présenté la technologie aux Etats-Unis, c'est maintenant au tour de 750 Néerlandais de tester le service de paiement par selfie jusqu'au 30 novembre prochain. Lors d'un achat en ligne via leur smartphone ou leur tablette, les clients pourront donc confirmer leur paiement au moyen d'une empreinte digitale ou d'un autoportrait. Mastercard collabore pour ce test avec CA technologies. En fonction des résultats, l'entreprise décidera si elle déploie la technologie sur l'ensembl
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Stop Worrying About Whether Machines Are “Intelligent”

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If the singularity happens, we may not even notice.
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The French bitcoin revolution: BNP Paribas testing crypto on its currency funds

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Exclusive: a source at BNP Paribas told IBTimes UK the bank plans to add bitcoin to one of its currency funds.
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Greeks are rushing to Bitcoin

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The world's largest Bitcoin exchanges say they've seen a surge of business from Greece.
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The Future Of Algorithmic Personalization

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Personalization algorithms influence what you’ve chosen yesterday, what you choose today and what you’ll be choosing tomorrow. Simultaneously, there seems..
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Ana Paula Sena's curator insight, June 26, 12:29 PM

Eu e a máquina.

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Affinitomics

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(Replaced by ai•mojo™) Transforms WordPress into a hyper-relevant, context aware and intelligent powerhouse.
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On meta-design and algorithmic design systems

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The rise of the meta-designer, and the use of algorithmic design systems.
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Behind the Ingenious Security Feature that Powers the Blockchain

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For all the excitement about the blockchain s potential to shake up the financial industry, few people understand how it works. The really revolutionary part of the blockchain process is how miners manage to keep records of transactions accurate and tamper-proof.
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The Most Valuable Aspect of Bitcoin: Its Versatile Ledger Technology | MIT Technology Review

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Bitcoin doesn’t have to replace government-backed money to improve the way we do business online.
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/\ndy: The Failure of Agile

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I am proud to be one of the 17 founders/authors of the The Agile Manifesto back in 2001. I think it provided a jolt of energy, hope of a better way of doing things, of creating software and making the...
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We Need Algorithmic Angels

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A lot has been written on how algorithms are manipulating this and that in today’s Internet. However, there hasn’t been so many concrete proposals on how..
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