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Big data, algorithms, and Moneyball medicine - Part I

Big data, algorithms, and moneyball medicine - Part I

I finally got around to watching Moneyball this week. Great film. Roger Ebert points out that the film "isn't so much about sports as about the war between intuition and statistics." (I'll let you guess who wins if you haven't seen the movie). The main character was neither Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) nor Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) so much as a set of algorithms the Billy and Peter characters implemented to build a winning baseball team at low cost. I'll go out on a limb and declare it the greatest statistics movie ever. (It's a short list of great statistics movies.)

And it's timely. » Read more

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Is your filter bubble transparent?

"There is no standard Google anymore," says Eli Pariser in a recent TED talk. And he's right. Try it. Google the same thing as the person sitting next to you and compare the results. Chances are, they're different. According to Pariser, that's because Google uses as many as 57 different signals to determine the unique search results it serves you. » Read more

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Bilski and software patents

The Supreme Court case of Bilski v Kappos was billed as a case over business methods, but at its core it was over an application for a patent on software, and the denial of that application sets a good example that may lead to the denial of other software patents. » Read more

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