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GraphXD: Network analysis for data science applications across STEAM

Adam G. Anderson / February 26, 2021

Graphs are models of data, and are used to analyze and visualize different features / variables across a dataset. They have proven to be useful in providing at-a-glance summaries (e.g. ‘signals’) of big and complex datasets. Typically a Euclidean graph (with X and Y axes, representing one dimension each) can only view two dimensions of a given dataset. In order to view multiple dimensions in the same graph, one needs to employ non-Euclidean methods, and this is why networks are so useful.

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Eight priorities for calculating the social cost of carbon

/ February 22, 2021

In this recent commentary in Nature, BIDS Faculty Affiliate David Anthoff and colleagues present eight clear steps to effectively recalculate the social cost of carbon (SCC), a metric that is used in cost–benefit analyses to inform climate policy by putting a monetary value on the harmful environmental and human health effects of climate change.

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A community based approach to universal energy access

/ February 18, 2021

A new paper from BIDS Faculty Affiliate Daniel Kammen and colleague Tam Kemabonta describes an alternative approach to addressing energy poverty, taking into account factors such as energy production, economic calculation, and the incentives for innovation. Their research analyzes how this new approach can be used to address energy access problems in energy poor communities, and includes case studies of the Nigerian off-grid mini-grid industry and the Ecoblock pilot project in California in the United States.

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Using Mobile Phone and Satellite Data to Target Emergency Cash Transfers

Joshua Blumenstock / February 16, 2021

Since March 2020, our research team has been helping the Government of Togo get cash to the poorest people in the country, using a mix of machine learning, satellite imagery, and mobile phone data. This article provides a non-technical summary of those efforts.

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Leading universities launch joint technology licensing program to support connectivity, autonomous vehicles, and data applications

/ February 10, 2021

This article cross-posted from  Leading Universities Launch Joint Technology Licensing Program  January 15, 2021 |  University Technology Licensing Program ___________________________

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BIDS Faculty Affiliate Rediet Abebe to participate in U-M Africa Week and WiDS Worldwide conferences

/ February 8, 2021

BIDS Faculty Affiliate Rediet Abebe, an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at UC Berkeley, will be participating in two exciting upcoming events. 

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