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Bringing Data Science Back to Statistics

Kellie Ottoboni / February 16, 2016

One of the sessions that I attended at the 2015 Moore-Sloan Data Science Environment Summit was titled "Isn't Statistics Part of Data Science?" It is a niggling question I often consider, especially given how few statisticians there are at BIDS. A group of about forty people from statistics, computer science, and applied domains convened to discuss differences in practice and culture that divide statistics from data science. I am an applied statistician and a fellow at BIDS straddling these two worlds. I find it difficult to identify the line dividing these roles.

Women Raise More Money with Crowdfunding, Research Shows

Laura K. Nelson / February 9, 2016

Women raise more money with crowdfunding than men do because of the words female founders tend to use, according to a study currently under peer review. _________ Women Raise More Money with Crowdfunding, Research Shows February 9, 2016 | Catherine Clifford | Fortune

What’s the Big Deal about Python?

Kunal Marwaha / February 8, 2016

In research and data analysis, a lot of work is routine and repetitive. This is the perfect place for automation: where we tell our computers to do things. How? We write instructions that computers understand—or “programming.”   Why Would I Learn Programming at All?

Can Slow Creep along Thrust Faults Help Forecast Megaquakes?

/ February 1, 2016

BIDS fellow Bob Nadeau was co-author on a paper that was recently published in Science on patterns of repeating earthquakes and their connection to large earthquakes in Japan. According to Bob, what's "exciting about this study is it shows for the first time the connection between regular episodes (and the slow-slip inferred from them) and the occurrence of larger earthquakes." by Bob Sanders, UC Berkeley Media Relations

BIDS Docker Workshop Overview and Lessons Learned

/ January 11, 2016

A big thank you to Titus Brown, associate professor of population health and reproduction at UC Davis, for hosting a two-day Docker Workshop at BIDS. Below is a write-up of the event as well as Titus's takeaways from the workshop.

Recap: Workshop on the Future of Open Science and Publishing

Justin Kitzes / December 14, 2015

On November 2, we hosted a workshop at BIDS to discuss the future of open science and publishing. Our goal was to explore how increasing calls for openness are likely to affect the landscape of academic research and scholarly communication in the coming decades. The workshop kicked off in the morning with a panel discussion in the Banatao Auditorium on Berkeley campus. Our five invited panelists each presented their organization's current initiatives and future visions surrounding open scholarship.

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