Vintage MOOC on Literate Programming

I found some archival videos of Donald Knuth teaching literate programming in his mathematical writing class in 1987:

Lots of other promising stuff on the Stanford page that links to it: http://scpd.stanford.edu/free-stuff/engineering-archives/donald-e-knuth-lectures

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Education questions in ACS

There is a proposal to drop some questions from the American Community Survey (ACS), and I was planning to use one of them in a project I’m trying to get started. I hope they keep it.

http://news.sciencemag.org/education/2014/11/can-question-no-12-survive-researchers-fight-retain-question-about-college-degrees

“I know there’s a lot of angst in the community right now,” Treat says. “But I think there’s a lack of understanding that the survey is under attack. So I encourage everybody to respond to the notice. The more responses we get, the better understanding there will be about the value of collecting this information.”

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Social pathways of EVD spread

Some of the most interesting stuff that has crossed my desk on the spread of Ebola codes from the anthropologists who have been working in West Africa for a long time:

http://www.culanth.org/fieldsights/590-village-funerals-and-the-spread-of-ebola-virus-disease

http://blogs.plos.org/speakingofmedicine/2014/10/31/social-pathways-ebola-virus-disease-rural-sierra-leone-implications-containment/

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CrossValidated on interesting and well-written papers in applied stats

I should read some of these, and stash a few for the PGF journal club:

http://stats.stackexchange.com/questions/9365/what-are-some-interesting-and-well-written-applied-statistics-papers

http://www.jstor.org/stable/2347679

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Big Data in Graphical Form

I’ve been digging for presentation materials lately, and one source I want to remember is this tunblr full of visual representations of big data: http://bigdatapix.tumblr.com/

Big Data is visualized in so many ways…all of them blue and with numbers and lens flare.

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Exemplar Public Health Datasets

Here is an interesting resource to watch: The Exemplar Public Health Datasets Collection in Open Health Data. Large longitudinal cohorts for secondary data analysis, anyone?

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DrivenData

You might be interested in a new data science competition site, http://www.drivendata.org/, which is like kaggle meets change.org. They call it “Data science competitions to save the world”, which might be a little bit tongue-in-cheek. For the first cash-prize-awarding competition, they have a multi-class, multi-label classification challenge, which they are calling Box-Plots for Education.

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