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Student data science presentations on Citibikes and Stop and Frisk

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This summer, researchers at Microsoft Research NYC launched the Data Science Summer School outreach program (DS3 for short), an 8 week hands-on course to impart skills and increase diversity in computer science.

A better way to teach? Professors take note.

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With technology, old ways of doing things give way to simply better alternatives. We no longer need to pick up a phone to buy a plane ticket or hail a cab. We no longer need to carry cash around to pay for most things. Soon, students may not need to listen to traditional lectures to learn science and math because technology can make most STEM lessons participatory. But will the new model of instruction be as effective as traditional lecturing? In what its authors call “the largest and most comprehensive meta-analysis of undergraduate STEM education published to date”, the answer seems to be yes.

Changing the riskiness of bets to make hot hands happen

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A new paper by Juemin Xu and Nigel Harvey called “Carry on winning: The gamblers’ fallacy creates hot hand effects in online gambling” is fascinating.

If you make hiring or admissions decisions, read this

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When hiring or making admissions decisions, impressions of a person from an interview are close to worthless. Hire on the most objective data you have.

Beware the CRJ

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There is a kind of plane known as a Canadair Regional Jet.

CRJ for short.

Do non-compete agreements result in worse work?

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Do non-compete agreements result in worse work?

A rough guide to spotting bad science

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A rough guide to spotting bad science

Irrational behavior returns

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Dan Ariely wanted to let you know is running his free online course A Beginner’s Guide to Irrational Behavior for the second time, starting on March 11th. He would be delighted to have you (and all your friends and family).

Citation cartels

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Someone smart said something like ‘when you invent a system, you invent the game that plays that system’.

Dutch streetlights: Dimmed by default

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New streetlights brighten up only when someone is around, saving electricity and reducing light pollution.