Weekly Round-Up: House of Cards, Machine Learning, Lying, and the Internet of Things

Welcome back to the round-up, an overview of the most interesting data science, statistics, and analytics articles of the past week. This week, we have 4 fascinating articles ranging in topics from the new Netflix series House of Cards to the Internet of Things. In this week's round-up:

  • House of Cards and Our Future of Algorithmic Programming
  • Everything You Wanted to Know About Machine Learning
  • The Future of Lying
  • Big Data and the Internet of Things

House of Cards and Our Future of Algorithmic Programming

This MIT Technology review article is about how Netflix used the data it has gathered from its 33 million users to take the guesswork out of creating its latest originally-created series, House of Cards. Some of this data includes how many movies viewers watched containing the different actors & actresses in the series, their opinions about director David Fincher's other works, and how favorably users rated similar political dramas. This could be the start of a new trend in entertainment as companies that have traditionally served as mediums delivering content to consumers delve into creating content of their very own.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Machine Learning

For those looking to get started with machine learning, BigML published a two-part series on its blog simplifying a paper recently published by University of Washington machine learning professor, Pedro Domingos. The post walks you through the basic concepts in machine learning with very intuitive language and plenty of examples to drive home the points. Part 2 of the series can be found here, and Domingos original paper can be found here.

The Future of Lying

This is an interesting Slate article by Intel futurist Brian David Johnson about how professors at Cornell are working on developing programs that can learn when people lie online. The programs use algorithms that include data such as the amount of detail people give when they describe things, the high-level reasoning being that the less detail is provided the more likely someone is lying. In the article, Johnson goes on to differentiate between different types of lies, touch on some of the implications of being able to tell a truth from a lie, and talk about its potential effect on humanity.

Big Data and the Internet of Things

This is an interesting blog post that describes some of the relationships and challenges between Big Data and the Internet of Things. Both are buzz words nowadays, but that doesn't change the fact that both will have a profound impact over the next several years as more devices start becoming smart - having sensors or RFIDs embedded - and generating useful data streams that can be used by companies to operate more efficiently than they've ever been able to operate and make more timely and better-informed decisions. The article also talks about the new systems that will be required to process all this sensor data and analyze it effectively.

That's it for this week. Make sure to come back next week when we’ll have some more interesting articles! If there's something we missed, feel free to let us know in the comments below.

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