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Daily Archives: February 20, 2018

What if technology could help improve conversations online?

“Discussing things you care about can be difficult. The threat of abuse and harassment online means that many people stop expressing themselves and give up on seeking different opinions. Introducing Perspective – Perspective is an API that makes it easier to host better conversations. The API uses machine learning models to score the perceived impact… Continue Reading

USNews – Overall Best Countries Ranking

Methodology: How the 2018 Best Countries Were Ranked – “Behind a country’s wealth and success are the policies that create possibilities, the people that drive the effort and the history that shapes the environment and perspective. Globalization has expanded a country’s presence beyond its physical borders, and the 2018 Best Countries rankings seek to understand… Continue Reading

Advances in Financial Machine Learning (Chapter 1)

Lopez de Prado, Marcos, Advances in Financial Machine Learning (Chapter 1) (January 18, 2018). Advances in Financial Machine Learning, Wiley, 1st Edition (2018); ISBN: 978-1-119-48208-6. Available at SSRN: “Machine learning (ML) is changing virtually every aspect of our lives. Today ML algorithms accomplish tasks that until recently only expert humans could perform. As it… Continue Reading

Sci-Hub Loses Domains and Access to Some Web Services

The Scientist: A few months after the American Chemical Society won its lawsuit against the pirate site, the game of virtual whack-a-mole continues. “Last November, the American Chemical Society (ACS) won its lawsuit against Sci-Hub, a popular pirate site for academic papers. Since then, a number of Sci-Hub’s domains have been suspended, and earlier this… Continue Reading

CEA Report: The Cost of Malicious Cyber Activity to US Economy

[February 16, 2018] “the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) released a report detailing the economic costs of malicious cyber activity on the U.S. economy. Please see below for the executive summary and read the full report here. This report examines the substantial economic costs that malicious cyber activity imposes on the U.S. economy. Cyber threats are… Continue Reading

Tracking Trump – President’s Approval State by State, Month by Month

“On a daily basis, Morning Consult asks registered voters across the country what they think about President Trump. Every month we release those numbers to provide a detailed understanding of how Trump is viewed in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., benchmarked against previous results. To date, this project is based on more than 800,000… Continue Reading

Looming National Security Crisis: Young Americans Unable to Serve in the Military

The Heritage Foundation Report – “The military depends on a constant flow of volunteers every year. According to 2017 Pentagon data, 71 percent of young Americans between 17 and 24 are ineligible to serve in the United States military. Put another way: Over 24 million of the 34 million people of that age group cannot… Continue Reading

Financial Report of the US Government FY2017

Financial Report of the United States Government – 2017 Guide to Understanding the Annual Financial Report of the United States Government Complete Report (6.3 MB) By Chapter: Message from the Secretary of the Treasury (559 KB) Table of Contents (144 KB) Results in Brief (305 KB) Executive Summary (470 KB) Management’s Discussion and Analysis (1.3… Continue Reading