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Got good ideas for crowdsourcing? Attend the IARPA Proposers’ Day conference

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The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) will host a Proposers’ Day Conference for the Crowdsourcing Evidence, Argumentation, Thinking and Evaluation (CREATE) Program on June 30, 2015, in anticipation of the release of a new solicitation in support of the Program.

Choose a frequent flier program – 2015 Edition

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We present the new “choose an airline loyalty program” tool for 2015. It has graphical hotness.

How to make a Romeo and Juliet sandwich

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The question often arises: What is the best decision science food? It’s the Romeo and Juliet sandwich, an adaptation of the popular Brazilian desert “Romeu e Julieta”.

Publishers withdraw more than 120 gibberish papers

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The publishers Springer and IEEE are removing more than 120 papers from their subscription services after a French researcher discovered that the works were computer-generated nonsense.

250 calories, 2.6 miles of walking, or 78 minutes of walking: which would cause you to eat less?

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The new article is called Potential effect of physical activity based menu labels on the calorie content of selected fast food meals. These authors tested four variant menus “(1) a menu with no nutritional information, (2) a menu with calorie information, (3) a menu with calorie information and minutes to walk to burn those calories, or (4) a menu with calorie information and miles to walk to burn those calories”. The authors found, as before that calorie counts decreased the amount of calories people chose to consume, and that exercise equivalents (telling you how much walking time or walking distance you’d need to burn off those calories) increased the effect.

How to tell which side your exit is on

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In response to last week’s surprisingly popular “How to tell which side the gas cap is on”, we received a number of emails, one by our friend and co-author Preston McAfee, who shares a tip that also helps driving by letting you know in advance on which side your exit will be.

Icon array generator

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We’ve written before about using information grids when communicating risks to the general public. We like them. Turns out they are also called pictographs and, as we learned from an email from Brian Zikmund-Fisher, icon arrays.

Benjamin Franklin’s rule for decision making

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Ben Franklin had views on how to make a decision.

If you bet that you’ll lose weight, do you regain it when the bet is over?

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At Decision Science News, we love the commitment devices. But, as we’ve have spoken about, we have mixed feelings about them, including the nagging concern is that commitment devices they may not lead to deep-seated changes or habit formation.

Chicago: Not all that windy

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At DSN, we’ve been playing a bit with FetchClimate Explorer from Microsoft Research. It lets one define regions of the globe over which it superimposes spatial and time series data concerning temperature, precipitation, sunlight, and, pictured above, wind speed.