Back in 1906, Victorian fancypants Sir Francis Galton had an idea. He was at a livestock fair and villagers had been given the opportunity to guess the weight of an ox. Nearly 800 people guessed and, surprise surprise, none hit the 1,198 pound mark exactly. Galton's stroke of genius was calculating the median of all guesses. That number? 1,208. The mean? 1,197. That's right: the crowd was one pound off.
Humans spend 3 billion hours a week playing video games. And while some research has suggested that regular gaming can improve social skills, mood, and even health, these benefits bear out largely on a personal level. That is, unless we're talking about Foldit.
When last we wrote, we made a comment about how the guy who always wins the office NCAA bracket usually thinks a pick and roll is a Tuesday special at that sushi restaurant he goes to once in a while. We'd like to retract that. Because "the guy" who's winning our pool isn't a guy at all. It's 145 people. It's our crowdsourced pool.
As data science becomes more and more important for everything from presidential campaigns to startups that haven't quite yet settled on their name, it's vital to understand how all the tools at a data scientist's disposal inform the process. We're writing about this data science ecosystem at length over at Computer World, but as a teaser, here's a look at the infographic we've made to illustrate the landscape:
Each year, millions of Americans fill out March Madness brackets. Some are college basketball junkies, the guys who can tell you how a box-and-1 zone works, who argue over NIT seeding, who may or may not have come down with a mysterious illness today and just had to stay home from work. Then there's the rest of us who kinda remember Duke is good most of the time I guess.