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Daily Archives: October 25, 2015

Maps by statistician detail ancestry and geography of Americans in 15 different charts

“Nathan Yau, a statistician who runs the blog Flowing Data, has made a series of gorgeous maps breaking down the population of America. The maps are part of his recent project to recreate the 1874 Statistical Atlas of the United States with the original design but 2013 data. Below are 15 of them that illustrate how the U.S. population got here. All of these categories are self-reported; the data is based on what Americans told Census workers about race, ethnicity and background.”

IMF – Adjusting to Lower Commodity Prices

World Economic Outlook October 2015 Adjusting to Lower Commodity Prices – “Six years after the world economy emerged from its broadest and deepest postwar recession, a return to robust and synchronized global expansion remains elusive. The revised forecasts in this latest World Economic Outlook report underscore the challenges all countries face. Despite considerable differences in… Continue Reading

Paper – Dawn of the Selfie Era

Dawn of the Selfie Era: The Whos, Wheres, and Hows of Selfies on Instagram. Flávio Souza, Diego de Las Casas, Vinícius Flores, SunBum Youn, Meeyoung Cha, Daniele Quercia, Virgílio Almeida, October 19, 2015. “Online interactions are increasingly involving images, especially those containing human faces, which are naturally attention grabbing and more effective at conveying feelings… Continue Reading

Paper – A Riddle Wrapped in an Enigma

A Riddle Wrapped in an Enigma by Neal Koblitz and Alfred J. Menezes – “In August 2015 the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) released a major policy statement on the need for post-quantum cryptography (PQC). This announcement will be a great stimulus to the development, standardization, and commercialization of new quantum-safe algorithms. However, certain peculiarities… Continue Reading

Facebook Search expands reach of already huge network

“Welcome to Search FYI. With over 1.5 billion searches per day and over 2 trillion posts in our index, search is an important, long-term effort at Facebook. The team’s goal with Search FYI is to share our progress more frequently. When something happens in the world, people often turn to Facebook to see how their… Continue Reading