The data newsletter by @puntofisso.
Hello, regular readers and welcome new ones :) This is Quantum of Sollazzo, the newsletter about all things data. I am Giuseppe Sollazzo, or @puntofisso. I've been sending this newsletter since 2012 to be a summary of all the articles with or about data that captured my attention over the previous week. The newsletter is and will always (well, for as long as I can keep going!) be free, but you're welcome to become a friend via the links below.
I rarely give big work-related announcements on here, but this one is something I'm really proud of and that is data-related in many ways. My team was part of a collaboration that developed an AI model that is able to detect the presence or absence of Parkinson's Disease in images of brain slides. Although this might sound a bit grim and far away from applicability, there are some good reasons why it's an important and rather exciting step. More in this Twitter thread (with links to a technical report and open source code), and keep an eye on our public show & tell.
The most clicked link last week was the EDJNet data repository about broadband speeds. 231 clicks in total is A LOT. I bet you're all trying to create data visualizations, aren't you? ;-) Let me know if you produce anything, and I'll add to the link list.
I will be away next week, so there will be no newsletter on the 13th. I hope you can resist a week without Quantum. Back with a likely double-whammy the week after next.
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"It’s been a rollercoaster few years for English A-level students", says the Guardian in this dazzling example of understatement :) Good charts.
Where you could move, within the US, controlling for a number of variables including demographics, taxation rates, and environmental hazards.
"Policy changes to the Paycheck Protection Program, one of the largest in US history, redirected loans to the neediest communities. An analysis of 2020 and 2021 lending data shows what happened."
"An investigation into public housing" by Kontinentalist.
"While Harris County officials say the new development is not happening in the floodplain — since it is built atop mounds of fill — and will not increase flood risk downstream because of drainage requirements, such as detention ponds, the fact remains that development covers the prairie sponge with concrete."
"Williams’s career has featured ascents and declines in the WTA rankings and has been filled with the highest professional highs and gutting lows. She battled injuries. She became a mother. She dealt with incidents on and off the court. But she always came back."
What a legend!
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"This article discusses a pattern I noticed in ‘visual’ derivations of the formulas" for the first n integers and their squres.
"The source for this post can be found here. Please open an issue or pull request on that repository if you have questions, comments, or suggestions.
This post is implemented as a Jupyter notebook; launch an executable version of this post on MyBinder.org."
An online tool to play with databases.
(via Tools for Journalists)
"This course is the most comprehensive education available on how to work with football data. We will learn how to understand the game using mathematics, statistics and machine learning."
An undergraduate textbook, available for purchase but also as a free electronic download.
A jupyter notebook-led explanation of Western music.
"...I'll share one question about Sweden each day - to fight misconceptions with relevant facts."
Journalist Karthik Muthuswamy gives daily dataviz a political twist. All content is also published on his website.
With some near real-time visualizations. By NOAA climate scientist Zack Labe.
The National Cyber Security Centre has issued some guidance on the secure use of ML.
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