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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Suggested Books of the Week 28, 2019 | Books - Helge Scherlund's eLearning News

Check out these books below by Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, TradePub and Ancient Origins.

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The Probability Companion for Engineering and Computer Science

The Probability Companion for
Engineering and Computer Science
This friendly guide is the companion you need to convert pure mathematics into understanding and facility with a host of probabilistic tools. The book provides a high-level view of probability and its most powerful applications...
The underlying mathematics is presented in full, but clarity takes priority over complete rigour, making this text a starting reference source for researchers and a readable overview for students.
  • Some sixty-four exercises and ninety-one worked examples feature real-world scenarios
  • Hundreds of diagrams illustrate concepts and results to help readers visualise concepts and improve intuition
  • Detailed mathematical derivations are built for clarity rather than complete rigour
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Network Flow Algorithms

Network Flow Algorithms
Network flow theory has been used across a number of disciplines, including theoretical computer science, operations research, and discrete math, to model not only problems in the transportation of goods and information, but also a wide range of applications from image segmentation problems in computer vision to deciding when a baseball team has been eliminated from contention...

  It covers maximum flows, minimum-cost flows, generalized flows, multicommodity flows, and global minimum cuts and also presents recent work on computing electrical flows along with recent applications of these flows to classical problems in network flow theory.
  • Presents results in the area from a modern computer science algorithms outlook
  • Contains several key algorithms not previously treated in book form, including new algorithms on electrical flow
  • Includes fifty-five end-of-chapter exercises which provide applications and additional algorithms to analyze
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Next-Generation Ethics - Engineering a Better Society 

Next-Generation Ethics
Engineering a Better Society
Many of the significant developments of our era have resulted from advances in technology, including the design of large-scale systems; advances in medicine, manufacturing, and artificial intelligence; the role of social media in influencing behaviour and toppling governments; and the surge of online transactions that are replacing human face-to-face interactions...

Technologists and general readers with no formal ethics training and specialists exploring technological applications to the field of ethics will benefit from this overview.
  • Written in a style tailored to a general audience
  • Applications span a variety of different fields, including technology, business, medicine, and public policy
  • Prominent contributors include Vint Cerf, Glenda Cooper, Eric Horvitz, and Deirdre Mulligan
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Fundamentals of Machine Learning 

Fundamentals of Machine Learning
Interest in machine learning is exploding worldwide, both in research and for industrial applications. Machine learning is fast becoming a fundamental part of everyday life.
This book is a brief introduction to this area - exploring its importance in a range of many disciplines, from science to engineering, and even its broader impact on our society. The book is written in a style that strikes a balance between brevity of explanation, rigorous mathematical argument, and outlines principle ideas...
  • Includes both deep learning and Bayesian ideas, whereas most books on machine learning focus only on either deep learning or Bayesian approaches
  • Gives the reader a broad overview of this rapidly growing field, in a short and accessible guide
  • Provides the reader with programming examples, helping them better understand the concepts of machine learning
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The Oxford Handbook of Expertise 

The Oxford Handbook of Expertise
The study of expertise weaves its way through various communities of practice, across disciplines, and over millennia. To date, the study of expertise has been primarily concerned with how human beings perform at a superior level in complex environments and sociotechnical systems, and at the highest levels of proficiency...
  • A comprehensive and inclusive review of the science of expertise.
  • Expert editors and contributors guide readers through a growing research area.
  • Wide range of topics covering a broad field give readers everything they need to know about this ever growing area of research.
  • Provides guidelines on how to use the material presented to study expertise.
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Computing Possible Futures 

Computing Possible Futures
Mathematical modelling and simulation is an increasingly powerful area of mathematics and computer science, which in recent years has been fuelled by the unprecedented access to larger than ever stores of data. These techniques have an increasing number of applications in the professional and political spheres, and people try to predict the results of certain courses of action as accurately as possible... 
  • A wide range of modeling paradigms are addressed and explained with detailed illustrations rather than pure mathematics, making content easier to digest
  • Brings material to life with illustrations of how computational models have supported important real life decisions
  • Provides broad coverage of systems engineering, operations research, analytics, and AI, all applied in the context of a human-centered approach
  • Makes a breadth of conceptual material easy to digest
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How to Work Hard and Still Have a Life

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This eBook explores how and why to unteher yourself from technology throughout the workday, on the weekends, and on vacation, without undoing your career...
  • Baratunde Thurton’s ambivalence toward technology - how fulfilling yet burdensome social platforms became for him, or to
  • Young Rahm Emanuel’s desire to fit in family life with a heady White House gig, or to
  • A Home Depot executive’s inability to turn down projects for fear of missing out on growing business, or to
  • One millennial’s struggle to resist his generation’s lifestyle
Every day we make choices - for starters, how much or how little to unplug - that enhance or detract from our lifestyle.
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Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World

Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World
Nicholas Ostler's Empires of the Word is the first history of the world's great tongues, gloriously celebrating the wonder of words that binds communities together and makes possible both the living of a common history and the telling of it. From the uncanny resilience of Chinese through twenty centuries of invasions to the engaging self-regard of Greek and to the struggles that gave birth to the languages of modern Europe, these epic achievements and more are brilliantly explored, as are the fascinating failures of once "universal" languages. 
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📚 Books and ☕️ coffee! 

Source: Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, TradePub and Ancient Origins.

Summer reading: booksellers recommend… | Books - The Guardian

Staff at four award-winning independent bookshops tell us what they’ll be packing for their holidays by The Guardian.

Emma Corfield-Walters, in her shop, Book-ish in Crickhowell.
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Golden Hare Books, Edinburgh
Independent bookshop of the year 2019. When art historian Mark Jones opened his bookshop in 2012 he planned to call it ‘The Golden Crocodile’. He commissioned his daughter Agnes, an artist-blacksmith, to create a mascot for it and she returned with a golden hare.

Julie Danskin, manager
When shoppers ask me for holiday reads, they often want something engrossing for a plane journey. I highly recommend the immersive Vivian by Christina Hesselholdt (Fitzcarraldo), about the life of photographer Vivian Maier, or merman romantic comedy The Pisces by Melissa Broder (Bloomsbury)...

Book.ish, Chrickhowell, Wales
Nine years ago Emma Corfield-Walters was running a building surveying company before an “early mid-life crisis” prompted her to sell up and start a bookshop. She doesn’t have time for a holiday this year: “There’s no rest for the bookseller,” she says, “but reading is a holiday in itself. Books are my escape.” She has just been picked as a “rising star” by the Bookseller. Book.ish is regional independent bookshop of the year 2019 and sits on what is currently the “UK’s best high street” – after Crickhowell won the top prize at last year’s Great British High Street awards.

Emma Corfield-Walters, owner
You couldn’t do better than take along a copy of Sweet Sorrow by David Nicholls, an astutely observed, nostalgic look at first love and that long summer on the cusp of adulthood. Victoria Hislop’s Those Who Are Loved ticks all the boxes of brilliantly researched historical fiction bound up in family sagas set in her beloved Greece.
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Source: The Guardian

Celebrate the moon landing anniversary with books that go beyond the small step | Editor's Picks - Science News

50 years after Apollo 11, new books offer fresh perspectives, recommends Staff Writer at Science News.

READ ALL ABOUT IT - Books commemorating the Apollo 11 anniversary offer varied takes on the space race and the mission to the moon.
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Astronomy lovers are not the only ones excited about the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Publishers are also taking note, serving up a pile of books to mark the occasion.

Are you looking for a general overview of the birth of the U.S. space program? Would you rather geek out on the technical details of the Apollo missions? How about flipping through a collection of photographs from the era? Science News staff took a look at the offerings and picked out a few favorites to help you decide. There’s something for everyone in the list below.
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Source: Science News

26 Books You Should Read On Your Next Vacation | Books - BuzzFeed News

We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the best book they read while on vacation by Ciera Velarde, BuzzFeed Staff. 


If you have a trip coming up, we recommend taking along one of these great picks.
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Source: BuzzFeed News

10 New Books We Recommend This Week | Book Review - New York Times

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Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times by Gregory Cowles, Senior Editor, Books. 

A couple of years ago, the song of the summer for me was Jason Isbell’s sweet-sad “If We Were Vampires,” with its perfect blend of romance and mortality: “It’s knowing that this can’t go on forever / Likely one of us will have to spend some days alone.” (That line becomes next-level excellent when you realize that the haunting backup vocals are provided by Isbell’s wife, Amanda Shires.) This summer, I’m getting a similarly poignant shiver from the novella “Walt Kaplan Is Broke,” which closes Peter Orner’s terrific new story collection “Maggie Brown & Others” and features a coronary patient taking stock of his long, mostly happy marriage: “I’m afraid of dying because I love my wife.” There’s a lot of affection in that story, and in all of Orner’s characteristically generous work, and you could do worse than settling in with his book this week.

More recommended fiction: Denise Mina’s latest propulsive mystery, “Conviction.” Neal Stephenson’s mind-bending saga “Fall; Or, Dodge in Hell” (it’s the rare sff novel that treats all three of those initials equally). Domenica Ruta’s end-of-world portrait, “Last Day.” And Jill Ciment’s lovely, sly “The Body in Question,” about sequestered jurors on a murder trial embarking on an affair. There’s just no escaping love and death.

Source: New York Times 

Carmen Marcus and the Book Corner launch free course for working-class writers | The Book Corner - The Bookseller

Author Carmen Marcus has teamed up with the North Yorkshire bookshop Book Corner to offer aspiring working-class writers a free course on developing a strategy to write professionally.


Marcus is running the course with Jenna Warren, (YouTube - Video) owner and manager of the bookshop in Saltburn, with funding support from the Booksellers Association.

Based on personal experience and needs identified from other underrepresented writers Marcus created ‘The Writer’s Plan’, a five-step route-map to build confidence, provide practical insights on how to balance writing and life as well as accessing development opportunities and learning how to break into the industry.

The course will comprise five, two-hour sessions and take place bi-weekly between the 22nd September and 17th November on a Sunday afternoon at the Book Corner. The sessions will be free for all successful applicants and a travel bursary of up to £20 per applicant per session will be awarded to support travel costs...

Writer Helen Anderson, who has been following Marcus’ plan, said:  “By working through Carmen’s Writers’ Plan with a trusted buddy, I have re-defined my writing goals, and identified what I need in order to achieve them. It is wonderful to have confidence that my goals are within reach. I finally feel that I am – and deserve to be - a writer.”
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Source: The Bookseller

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Building confidence with adult learning | Enniscorthy Guardian

Adult learners gathered at Enniscorthy Further Education and Training Centre last week to celebrate the completion of their courses and the presentation of those all-important awards by Simon Burke, Independent.ie.

Back row: Ken Banville, Angela Brennan, Angela Connolly and Lar Murray. Front: Mary Burke, Myra Weafer and Mary Walsh (BTEI co-ordinator) at WWETB Part Time Learning Health Care Support Awards 2019 at Enniscorthy Further Education and Training Centre, Gonzaga House, Weafer Street

Part of WWETB's Back to Education Initiative which is a part time flexible programme, the students received QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) awards in Healthcare, Childcare, Horticulture, Customer Service, IT Skills, Retail Skills and Health Related Fitness. 
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Source: Enniscorthy Guardian 

Want to learn to code? Here’s your Delaware resource list | Dev - Technical.ly Brooklyn

Whether you're in a position to financially invest in your future or don't have a penny to spare, here are 10 local ways you can learn coding without going back to college, according to Holly Quinn, lead reporter for Technical.ly Delaware. 

Go learn something.
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With Amazon starting to retrain a third of its workforce to keep them relevant as technology evolves, your programming skills may start feeling stale. Or maybe don’t yet have programming skills and are looking for a total career makeover.

Even if you’re just interested in learning a new language you can use as a hobby with your kids, there are quite a few options in Delaware, from totally free programs and meetups to affordable bootcamps.

We’ve created a list of local coding resources for adults that do not require you to enroll in college — for the record, Del Tech, Delaware State University, Wilmington University and University of Delaware do all offer coding certifications — ranging from Saturday morning meetups to highly challenging bootcamps that can launch you into a whole new career.

All but two options are in Delaware itself, and most are in-person classes — but if you’re looking for something that’s online (and free) that you can do at your own pace, we’ve got a recommendation for that at the end.
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Source: Technical.ly Brooklyn

4 Ways to Use the Nudge Theory to Improve Learning Outcomes | Learning & Development - HR Technologist

Today, HR practitioners are looking at several new behavioral science-led ideas to transform organizational learning activities as well as workplace culture. In this article, learn more about:
  • Why nudge theory in L&D is a great idea
  • 4 elements to make nudge theory propel positive change
  • Things to remember before you embark on your “nudge-theory”-led L&D initiative

Over the last decade and more, HR has taken on a far more nuanced and meaningful role in building employee engagement, improving morale and consequent productivity, and encouraging positive behavior, as HR Technologist reports.  

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In addition, science, technology, and cutting-edge behavioral concepts are making their way into an HR specialist’s toolbox, ensuring that they can bring about genuine transformation.

A big part of this process is the intersection between learning and development (L&D) and HR. L&D teams and HR practitioners are now working closely together to offer training sessions and interactive modules that foster a culture of learning across the organization.  

Let’s zero in on one such scientific theory that has captured the attention of experts and commentators alike ­– nudge theory...
 
Before we detail how nudge theory can work seamlessly with the latest HR and L&D technologies, it’s important to remember that nudge theory has been applied in the workplace for a while now. It is typically used to build productivity and collaboration.  

This is why we believe workplace L&D’s effectiveness could significantly improve by embedding nudge theory-inspired practices into a learning module.  
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Source: HR Technologist    

Scenario based learning – combining theory and practice | Business - ITWeb

Clinton Meerholz, Head Of Education at Pink Elephant South Africa says, We work and in live in a very complex world and IT is forever changing in order to adapt to the demands of business. 


The requirements to solve simple problems, implement efficient and effective ways of work are multidimensional. Training today is linear in nature, creating a mismatch between the real world and the training world, and, unfortunately, many organisations feel they are not receiving the return on their investment they require.

For years, we have delivered classroom-based training with great success, ensuring the delegates pass and get certified in their chosen focus area. Delegates may be stimulated by the presentation, engaged by the graphics and even motivated by the energetic trainer; however, it all seems to fall short when they return to the office. Remembering what they were taught is slim and being able to apply the knowledge they have obtained in the workplace becomes a big challenge for the delegates. Training is designed to teach delegates to define, recall and recognise, as well as being able to understand or grasp what they have learned. The training does not allow delegates to apply, analyse and evaluate all the theory they have learned in their working environment.

David Kolb and Ronald Fry developed a way of looking at a learning process called the Experiential Learning Cycle...

Pink Elephant believes simulation-based training is more fun and it teaches people to learn from their mistakes, which is an incredibly valuable educational tool.
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Source: ITWeb

QA acquires Cloud Academy to combine digital and in-classroom training | Industry - Help Net Security

QA, the UK’s largest B2B skills provider, announced it has acquired San Francisco-based Cloud Academy, a leading enterprise technology training platform, continues Help Net Security

Screenshot from Cloud Academy video

Cloud Academy will add QA’s massive catalog of more than 500 certification courses and 1500 instructor-led courses to seamlessly blend classroom learning with its intuitive digital platform.

No other provider has the breadth of classroom and digital blended learning resources covering Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, Cybersecurity, Project Management, DevOps, Agile Development, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and more.

Companies have sought to deliver effective blended learning – the integration of in-person and online learning – for some time...

“Blended learning needs the right curriculum design and technological platform as well as expert tutors and facilitators for in-person delivery. Until now, this hasn’t been possible. Bringing QA’s and Cloud Academy’s expertise together will mean a significant shift in the way corporate training is delivered. 
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Source: Help Net Security

Getting Ready for Digital Transformation: Change Your Culture, Workforce, and Technology | Editors' Picks - EDUCAUSE Review

The digital transformation of higher education is at hand. Leaders must prepare their institutions now to take strategic advantage of the coming shifts in culture, workforce, and technology.

Digital transformation (Dx) is a series of deep and coordinated culture, workforce, and technology shifts that enable new educational and operating models and transform an institution’s operations, strategic directions, and value proposition by Susan Grajek, EDUCAUSE's Vice President for Communities and Research and Betsy Tippens Reinitz, Director of the Enterprise IT Program at EDUCAUSE
 

Dx is being driven by technology trends and changes that are enabling a new approach to everything from how digital architectures are being incorporated to how campus leaders interact with the IT organization, all targeting improved student outcomes, more effective teaching and learning methods, new research capabilities, and an evolution in business models. Dx requires agile and flexible leaders at all levels who can enable the college or university to rapidly and efficiently achieve its strategic aims...

Acknowledgments 
We would like to thank the many people whose thoughtful expertise and vision informed the various drafts of this article. Malcolm Brown (EDUCAUSE Director of Learning Initiatives) and Karen A. Wetzel (EDUCAUSE Director of Community and Working Groups) made every draft better, and John O'Brien (EDUCAUSE President and CEO) provided much-needed final improvements. Teddy Diggs (EDUCAUSE Review Editor-in-Chief) helped us find closure and publish an article that could be under continual revision, because the possibilities and practices of digital transformation are constantly evolving and, we hope, advancing.
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Preparing to Teach Online | Online Teaching - Magna Publication

For online teaching faculty who are about to teach online for the first time, a new course called Preparing to Teach Online will be offered for two sessions this summer. 

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Plan to enroll to create a successful online course that you can begin teaching this coming fall.
This course gives an overview of how to design your online course, how to establish a positive and engaging online classroom climate, how to keep students actively engaged with your content, tips on grading and feedback, and some thoughts on how you can effectively manage your time when teaching online.

After completing Preparing to Teach Online, educators will:
  • Understand how to incorporate basic instructional design to assist with online learning
  • Know how to design assignments specifically for online learners
  • Learn to create a lively online classroom with instructor presence
  • Understand how to quickly and effectively engage students
  • Master how to communicate with online learners
  • Design and facilitate online discussions
  • Learn to add interactivity to an online course
  • Be able to use technology to assist with feedback
  • More effectively manage teaching time
Approximately 10 hours to complete course.
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Source: Magna Publication

Friday, July 12, 2019

Pacific University Adds to Robust Offering of Programs for Undergraduate Students | Arts & Sciences - Pacific University

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Beginning this fall, Pacific University undergraduate students will have even more opportunities to pursue academic degrees tailored for a changing and increasingly complex world, says Joe Lang, Director of Media Relations at Pacific University.

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Students can now major in graphic design and data science, earn a teaching license while studying music education, and minor in four new areas of study while pursuing their bachelor's degree: social innovation and leadership, social equity and social change, psychological health and well-being, and cultural awareness and knowledge.

Graphic design is the latest offering of the university's Media Arts Department. Students will learn to tell compelling stories and engage with the world through design and illustration. A major or minor in graphic design helps students develop and refine their own artistic and professional sensibilities using industry-standard tools and principles.

Students earning a bachelor of science in data science through Pacific's Mathematics & Computer Science Department will learn the foundations of data curation, mathematical analysis, computational thinking, statistical thinking, data modeling, communication and visualization, and understanding ethical implications...

Pacific University is a diverse learning community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment. Students can pursue more than 65 undergraduate areas of study in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, health professions and optometry. Pacific is currently ranked the No. 1 private research university in the Pacific Northwest and is also committed to civic engagement, sustainability and interprofessional education as part of its core teaching philosophy.
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Source: Pacific University

The many career options if you’re planning to study Statistics | Education - The Indian Express

Statistics is often confused with mathematics, but it is a field that has a variety of lucrative career options. Careers in advanced statistics are in high demand in private and the public sector by Arnab Mitra, The Indian Express.

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Statistics is often confused with mathematics, but it is a field that has a variety of lucrative career options. The day-to-day use of statistics involves the calculation of wages, price, time series analysis, demand analysis etc.

The need for advanced statistical methods is increasing and as a consequence, the course is becoming a favourite among students. In the ongoing University of Delhi (DU) admissions, the cut-off for the BSc (H) statistics was among the highest at 97.75 per cent.

Careers in advanced statistics are in high demand in private and the public sector. From interpretation to prediction, statisticians are in high demand.

Here is a list of top courses and career options one can pursue.
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Source: The Indian Express

How Randomness Can Make Math Easier | Mathematics - Quanta Magazine

Kevin Hartnett, senior writer at Quanta Magazine covering mathematics and computer science explains, Randomness would seem to make a mathematical statement harder to prove. In fact, it often does the opposite.

 Randomness is an underappreciated mathematical tool.
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Of all the tools available to the mathematician, randomness would seem to offer little benefit. Math traffics in logic and rigor. Its broad goals are to find order and structure in a vast sea of objects. It’s precisely because the mathematical world isn’t random that the whole enterprise of mathematics is possible.

Yet the recent Quanta article “Random Surfaces Hide an Intricate Order” concerned a new proof in which randomness made all the difference. The result involves checkerboard-like patterns drawn atop geometric spaces that are built at random. The authors of the proof found that the randomness in the geometric space made the checkerboard patterns easier to describe. “It’s a bit surprising that adding randomness enables you to do more than you can” without it, said Nicolas Curien, a mathematician at Paris-Sud University and a co-author of the work.

As it turns out, randomness is helpful in mathematics in many ways...

Mathematicians try to exploit this fact. There’s a conjectural relationship, known as the KPZ formula, that tells mathematicians how to convert a result about the random grid into a result for the deterministic one, or vice versa. “In theory it means you’re free to compute on either” the random or deterministic side, said Olivier Bernardi, a mathematician at Brandeis University and a co-author of the recent paper. This new work is consistent with previous (much harder to prove) results about percolation on a regular grid, validating the KPZ formula.
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Source: Quanta Magazine

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Data Engineer, Data Analyst, Data Scientist: What’s the Difference? | Data - Dice Insights

This article originally appeared in eFinancialCareers.

If you want to make sure you don’t lose your job in the next five years, you probably want to know something about Big Data, or even switch to a data-related career. But what do Big Data jobs entail?

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Speaking at last week’s Women of Silicon Roundabout conference in London, Dr. Rebecca Pope, the head of data science and engineering at KPMG, said you don’t need to be an excellent statistician or a high-class mathematician to work in data science or analytics. Nor do you need a lot of prior programming knowledge (although that always helps).

However, you do need an interest in statistics, you do need to be willing to learn how to code, and you do need to know how to do some high-level mathematical operations...

Data scientists are not just statisticians, Pope added: “A statistician is interested in building a model that builds a relationship between a variable and an outcome.” A data scientist wants to do something more: predict. They train models that can predict the future as accurately as possible.

These kinds of jobs come in stages. A business use has to be established, and raw data must be wrangled; then the algorithms are written and tested on the available datasets.
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Source: Dice Insights

Machine learning for everyone | Around Campus - MIT News

A new EECS course on applications of machine learning teaches students from a variety of disciplines about one of today’s hottest topics, inform

Mingman Zhao, a PhD student in EECS, spoke to the inaugural 6.883/6.S083 class about common issues in using machine learning tools to address problems.
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A graduate student researching red blood cell production, another studying alternative aviation fuels, and an MBA candidate: What do they have in common? They all enrolled in 6.883/6.S083 (Modeling with Machine Learning: From Algorithms to Applications) in spring 2019. The class, offered for the first time during that term, focused on machine learning applications in engineering and the sciences, attracting students from fields ranging from biology to business to architecture.

Among them was Thalita Berpan, who was in her last term before graduating from the MIT Sloan School of Management in June. Berpan previously worked in asset management, where she observed how financial companies increasingly focus on machine learning and related technologies. “I wanted to come to business school to dive into emerging technology and get exposure to all of it,” says Berpan, who has also taken courses on blockchain and robotics. “I thought; ‘Why not take the class so I can understand the building blocks?’”...

The class includes live lectures that focus on modeling and online materials for building a shared background in machine learning methods, including tutorials for students who have less prior exposure to the subject. “We wanted to help students learn how to model and predict, and understand when they succeeded — skills that are increasingly needed across the Institute,” says Jaakkola, the Thomas Siebel Professor in EECS and the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS).
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Source: MIT News

Boost Your Skills with New Online Technology Courses | Artificial Intelligence - Dice Insights

Leslie Stevens-Huffman, business and careers writer based in Southern California inform, According to Dice’s latest Salary Survey, 71 percent of tech professionals say that training and education are important. 

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However, only 40 percent currently have access to company-paid programs. With that in mind, what’s the most economical way for a tech professional to learn the skills they need?

Fortunately, you can bridge the knowledge gap by taking advantage of free online courses. 

Even better, completing one or more of the latest training and development programs over the summer can help you acquire the skills to move into a hot specialty or high-paying job as early as next fall.
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Source: Dice Insights

Google Releases Deep Learning Containers into Beta | Deep Learning - InfoQ.com

In a recent blog post, Google announced Deep Learning Containers, allowing customers to get Machine Learning projects up and running quicker by Steef-Jan Wiggers, all in on Cloud and Integration.

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Deep Learning consists of numerous performance-optimized Docker containers that come with a variety of tools necessary for deep learning tasks already installed.

Google releases Deep Learning Containers in Beta to provide customers with a way to mitigate the challenge when their development strategy involves a combination of local prototyping and multiple cloud tools, ensuring that all the necessary dependencies are packaged correctly and available to every runtime. With Deep Learning Containers, customers can provision environments consistently for testing and deploying their applications across GCP products and services, like Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Cloud Run and Cloud AI Platform Notebooks – hence making it easy for them to scale in the cloud or shift across on-prem environments. Furthermore, Google will provide hardware optimized versions of TensorFlow, regardless if customers are training on NVIDIA GPUs or deploying on Intel CPUs...

With Google Deep Learning Containers in beta, customers who want to try them out can sign up in their free tier and use the available documentation.
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Source: InfoQ.com

What People Get Wrong About China and Artificial Intelligence | Technology - Fortune

China is close to becoming the world's leader in artificial intelligence, according to conventional wisdom, says Jonathan Vanian, Writer at Fortune Magazine 

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But Jeffrey Ding, leader of all things China at the Center for the Governance of AI at Oxford University's Future of Humanity Institute, has a much different take: China's prowess in artificial intelligence is exaggerated.

Ding's take on China and A.I. is a counterpoint to the belief that China and the U.S. are embarking on an A.I. arms race that echoes the Cold War. Misinformation could prompt the U.S. to go overboard with its A.I. policy related to China or implement misguided policy, Ding says.

In an interview with Fortune, Ding explained that much of what is written about China's multi-billion dollar push into A.I. often seems like it’s written in a “vacuum.” There's little context or comparison between China’s A.I. abilities and those of other countries...

Ding argues that this thesis overlooks a “crucial distinction” between civil liberties (i.e. privacy related to the government) and consumer privacy (how companies handle personal information). Chinese consumers, he said, are wary of companies that are lax in safeguarding their personal data and are concerned about their data being stolen.
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Source: Fortune

The Geopolitics of Artificial Intelligence | Observations - Scientific American

As the U.S. and China vie for global influence, AI will be central to the balance of power, argues Abishur Prakash, leading geopolitical futurist.

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Something stood out of the ordinary during a speech by China’s president, Xi Jinping, in January 2018. Behind Xi, on a bookshelf, were two books on artificial intelligence (AI). Why were those books there? Similar to 2015, when Russia “accidentally” aired designs for a new weapon, the placement of the books may not have been an accident. Was China sending a message?

If it was, perhaps, it was this: For decades, China has been operating in an Americanized-world. To escape, China is turning to AI.

By 2030, China wants to be the world’s leading AI power, with an AI industry valued at $150 billion. How does China plan to achieve this?...

As nations compete around AI, they are part of the biggest battle for global power since World War II. Except, this battle is not about land or resources. It is about data, defense and economy. And, ultimately, how these variables give a nation more control over the world.

This is not a cold war. It is an algorithmic war.

Source: Scientific American

5 Quick Tips for Improving Your Instructional Design | Online Learning - Campus Technology

Dian Schaffhauser, senior contributing editor explains, Moving a course from brick-and-mortar to online requires rethinking how you deliver content, replicate in-class interactions and pinpoint areas for improvement.

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When you're converting a traditional face-to-face course to online, while a lot of the content may remain the same, the way it's delivered and learned will, understandably, undergo change. A "mastery series" from the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), focused on instructional design, teaches the fundamentals of course design for effective online learning. Recently, longtime instructional designer Elisabeth Stucklen, one of the facilitators for the course, shared five areas to pay attention to as classes are being shifted to an online mode.
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Source: Campus Technology