Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley Scientists to Participate in New NASA Space Telescope Project

/ February 19, 2016

BIDS senior fellow and faculty director Saul Perlmutter will lead a team of 29 scientists from 15 institutions for the Department of Energy's space telescope project. The team will "explore mysteries of dark energy, hunt for distant planets, [and] retrace universe's history." Read the full story below.   WFIRST will explore mysteries of dark energy, hunt for distant planets, retrace universe's history during 6-year mission News Release Glenn Roberts Jr. 510-486-5582 

Sociologists Bring a Digital Approach to Text Analysis

Laura K. Nelson / February 18, 2016

For decades, content analysis has relied on a laborious approach of scouring text and manually labeling passages. A new study advanced scholarship by evaluating three types of computer-assisted text analysis techniques, which produced substantively similar results in a fraction of the time. _________

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