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Research for practice: troubling trends in machine-learning scholarship
Lipton Z., Steinhardt J. Communications of the ACM 62(6): 45-53, 2019. Type: Article
The article reviews the attention paid to an important issue in machine learning research, but the problem raised can be generalized to other fields within computer science and informatics....
Aug 20 2019
Scientific peer reviewing: practical hints and best practices
Spyns P., Vidal M., Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2015. 57 pp. Type: Book (978-3-319250-83-0)
Peer reviewing is something we often learn by experience, though recently there has been an effort by many doctoral programs to provide guidance. This slim and straightforward volume may well help, by giving hints and suggestions....
Oct 5 2016
Quality in the 21st century: perspectives from ASQ Feigenbaum Medal winners
Sampaio P., Saraiva P., Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2016. 118 pp. Type: Book (978-3-319213-31-6)
As computing professionals, we are all professionally concerned with the issue of quality in our software products, embedded systems, user interfaces, and maintainability. We use products produced by others and produce products used by others. We ...
Aug 18 2016
Superforecasting: the art and science of prediction
Tetlock P., Gardner D., Crown Publishing Group, New York, NY, 2015. 352 pp. Type: Book (978-0-804136-69-3)
The market for predictive analytics, software to forecast the future, is projected to grow on the order of 25 to 30 percent per year over the next five years. That market is dominated by packages advertising one variety or another of “artifi...
May 23 2016
Why greatness cannot be planned: the myth of the objective
Stanley K., Lehman J., Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated, New York, NY, 2015. 141 pp. Type: Book (978-3-319155-23-4)
The authors argue for serendipitous discoveries based on novelty and uniqueness. This happens when the structure of the search space is completely unpredictable (pp. 8, 97) (and not fixed ), that is, when the eventual objective is ambitious, ra...
Jan 15 2016
Communicating the UX vision: 13 anti-patterns that block good ideas
Hodges-Schell M., O’Brien J., Morgan Kaufmann Publishers Inc., San Francisco, CA, 2015. 374 pp. Type: Book (978-0-124201-97-2)
Written by two practitioners and designers, each with 15 to 20 years in the field, this book has a homespun quality to it; however, it is filled with real-world examples and anecdotes that will resonate with most designers....
Nov 10 2015
One hundred prisoners and a light bulb
Ditmarsch H., Kooi B., Copernicus, New York, NY, 2015. 188 pp. Type: Book (978-3-319166-93-3)
As perhaps hinted by the provocative title, this slim text is an entertaining run through 11 classical logic problems that can easily surprise the reader in both presentation and solutions. Multiple sub-puzzles emerge along with entrancing illustr...
Oct 13 2015
Writing for computer science
Zobel J., Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated, New York, NY, 2015. 284 pp. Type: Book (978-1-447166-38-2)
This is a comprehensive guide on research methods and how to produce a scientific publication detailing one’s research in computer science (CS) and related fields. The author has drawn from his vast experience as adviser, researcher, and ref...
Jul 21 2015
How to write a better thesis (3rd ed.)
Evans D., Gruba P., Zobel J., Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated, Cham, Switzerland, 2014. 167 pp. Type: Book (978-3-319042-85-5)
In the field of writing, there are numerous books filled with examples of good writing techniques and correct presentation. However, in the field of academic writing, this book stands out as an exemplar in this category. This unassuming book consi...
Aug 26 2014
The second machine age: work, progress, and prosperity in a time of brilliant technologies
Brynjolfsson E., McAfee A., W. W. Norton&Company, New York, NY, 2014. 320 pp. Type: Book (978-0-393239-35-5)
A bestseller on the
New York Times
list. An Amazon number one bestseller in its business development book category. The MIT Center for Digital Business has a director (Brynjolfsson) and a principal research scientist (McAfee) who know how t...
Aug 8 2014
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