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Big data is (at least) four different problems
Mike Stonebraker. YouTube, 01:02:35, published on Jun 2, 2016, stanfordonline, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S79-buNhdhI. Type: Video

This video is an hour-long talk by Michael Stonebraker on potential disruptions in the world of big data. “Wait, a minute!” you might say, “I thought big data was the disrupter. How can it be disrupted as well?” Well, it ca...

Feb 21 2017
Applied computer science (2nd ed.)
Torbert S.,  Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2016. 290 pp. Type: Book (978-3-319308-64-7)

The goal of this book is to “encourage, prepare and challenge” talented computing students. The goal is not to motivate students without talent. As the author states in the preface: “Efforts to increase student participation in c...

Feb 13 2017
An approach to checking consistency between UML class model and its Java implementation
Chavez H., Shen W., France R., Mechling B., Li G.  IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering 42(4): 322-344, 2016. Type: Article

Checking for consistency between a design and its implementation is usually done manually. It is crucial to check that the diagrams, especially class diagrams, developed at the design level are consistent with the system as developed at the implem...

Feb 6 2017
Introduction to statistical machine learning
Sugiyama M.,  Morgan Kaufmann Publishers Inc., San Francisco, CA, 2016. 534 pp. Type: Book

Recently, I found myself giving an impromptu book review to someone in the bookshop near to my office. I noticed that a man was browsing through a book on machine learning that I had purchased a few months ago. I won’t mention the name of th...

Jan 30 2017
Weapons of math destruction: how big data increases inequality and threatens democracy
O’Neil C.,  Crown Publishing Group, New York, NY, 2016. 272 pp. Type: Book (978-0-553418-81-1), Reviews: (1 of 2)

It’s bad enough being afraid of clowns, but now it’s logistic regression that’s truly frightening....

Jan 23 2017
The accidental taxonomist (2nd ed.)
Hedden H.,  Information Today, Inc., Medford, NJ, 2016. 472 pp. Type: Book (978-1-573875-28-8)

The human urge to name and classify is ancient. According to the Bible, the first task ever performed by a human was the formation of a taxonomy, when Adam named the animals. But he left no documentation for others to use. Carl Linnaeus filled thi...

Jan 16 2017
Catching synchronized behaviors in large networks: a graph mining approach
Jiang M., Cui P., Beutel A., Faloutsos C., Yang S.  ACM Transactions on Knowledge Discovery from Data 10(4): 1-27, 2016. Type: Article

The automatic detection and accurate interpretation of suspicious graph patterns is one of the key issues in spotting malicious activities inside real-world systems, such as fake followers in Twitter, social network manipulation, and distributed d...

Jan 9 2017
Computer science: an interdisciplinary approach
Sedgewick R., Wayne K.,  Addison-Wesley Professional, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2016. 1168 pp. Type: Book (978-0-134076-42-3), Reviews: (2 of 2)

I’ve decided to say here at the beginning that this book is outstanding and that it has my highest recommendation, both for self-study and as a text for undergraduate students who are serious about computing. The book’s content, organi...

Jan 2 2017
 
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