Tag: Data

Forecasts are fundamentally partisan – Steve Ballmer Quote

On how USAFacts shares information during a time where many aren’t trustworthy of facts that don’t line up with their opinions

“We do a couple of different things. Number one, we only use government data and we only use data about history. Now, some people would say, ‘Hey, I don’t agree with government data.’ It’s just the best we have. And if citizens don’t think they can rely on government data, then it’s incumbent on us, all of us, to push our government for better, more consistent and more complete data. And we certainly see opportunities to do that. But by and large, we believe that our government’s statistical agencies have good people who are doing good work.

The thing that we don’t do with that is try to do forecasts. Forecasts are fundamentally partisan. And I say that only in the sense that for every bright, smart economist that will say ‘X is going to happen,’ there’ll be another bright, smart economist that will say ‘not X is going to happen.’ So we think the thing that citizens need to know and deserve to know is what has happened, which is not partisan, which is not subject to debate, and then people can make their own guesses about where things are moving, where they will go and what they think should be done. And I think that’s fundamental. And we still live in this age of people throwing out words like fake news and alternate facts — and that’s just not OK. It’s never been OK.”

Here and Now, NPR

25 Open Datasets for Data Science Projects

Some of the best datasets for data science projects are those created for linear regression, predictive analysis, and simple classification tasks. This list will include the best resources from our past dataset articles tailored for said tasks. We’ll also highlight some of the best websites to search for open datasets on your own.

Lucas Scott, lionbridge.ai

London Busker Breaks it Down

Do you remember the last busker you saw on the tube? There’s a chance they remember you. If you had any kind of interaction with me, I would. If you smile, wave, cover your ears or sing along, I’ll record it.

One such notable interaction occurred at Leicester Square on a Saturday afternoon during a bog-standard rendition of Bruno Mars’s The Lazy Song. It has a catchy chorus which is preceded by the line, “I said it ’cause I can!”.

Just as I started the “…I can”, I noticed a huge group of school kids approach my busking pitch, staring with huge grins on their faces. As they approached, I watched in slow motion as their mouths opened. They all took deep breaths and in a moment my one-man performance was joined by a chorus of voices in perfect sync and harmony and we became an unexpected choir right there on the Underground.

Dan Hough / Londonist