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.
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The most clicked link last week was the Washington Post’s take on which jobs will be the most impacted by AI.
‘till next week,
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“Over the past ten years, more than 300 femicides have occurred in Serbia. Many of those who kill women also commit suicide. The remaining families of the murdered persons look for justice in court, but CINS’s investigation reveals that they often do not find it there.”
Teodora Ćurčić, Jovana Tomić for CINS/European Data Journalism Network look at data on femicide in Serbia – and lack thereof.
“A visual exploration of the gap between the reality of the world’s migrants and search interest.“
“Have you ever wondered how much of your personal information is available online? Here’s your chance to find out.“
Interactive, data-driven (data from Have I Been Pwned), and juicy. By the Australian ABC.
“What our newest metric STABLE can tell us about Arsenal’s surprising title challenge and Chelsea’s face-plant.“
Some pretty ciool interactive dataviz in this take by FiveThirtyEight.
The situation in Emilia-Romagna is rather tragic at the moment, with area of a radius of over 50km suffering from heavy flooding and landslides that followed a bout of extreme weather.
There is interesting data available to follow the unfolding of this crisis. The EU’s earth observation Copernicus platform is mapping the floods rapidly, while the Italian National Statistics organisation is sharing detailed data through their GIS portal (sadly, Italian only). Future crisis will see increasingly the use of real-time data like this.
“This is a selection of core course content for INFO474: Introduction to Data Visualization for the Web, a project based course I taught during 2021 and 2022 at the University of Washington.“
By academic Colin Megill.
Developed by researches at Stanford University, the “string2string library is an open-source tool that offers a comprehensive suite of efficient algorithms for a broad range of string-to-string problems. It includes both traditional algorithmic solutions and recent advanced neural approaches to address various problems in pairwise string alignment, distance measurement, lexical and semantic search, and similarity analysis. Additionally, the library provides several helpful visualization tools and metrics to facilitate the interpretation and analysis of these methods.“
“TL;DR: we are releasing our public preview of OpenLLaMA, a permissively licensed open source reproduction of Meta AI’s LLaMA 7B trained on the RedPajama dataset.“
The performances are really interesting and reignite the debate on open solutions.
“A deep dive into indexes”.
“ggblend is a small algebra of operations for blending, copying, adjusting, and compositing layers in ggplot2. It allows you to easily copy and adjust the aesthetics or parameters of an existing layer, to partition a layer into multiple pieces for re-composition, and to combine layers (or partitions of layers) using blend modes (like “multiply”, “overlay”, etc).“
“… is communication. Also: designing a portfolio based on effort vs value and preparing for your most important business meeting.“
“Drones have become an essential tool to map, measure and observe the extremely dangerous environments surrounding volcanic eruptions.“
“In Panorama, you can track Sweden’s emissions and the transitions that can minimise them. Explore our platform, the result of government agency collaboration, and see how we can reach the 2045 zero-emissions target, together.“
Datawrapper’s Pascal Bürkle: “In the last 8 years, humans have launched more objects into space than in the 58 years since the launch of the first satellite “Sputnik 1” combined.“
How many of these are tracked?
“At Astara Connect we deal with millions of data points per month related to our tracking assets (cars, vans, bikes, and any other type of vehicle).“
A use case, with code provided.
“Climate change disproportionally affects people and environments in low- and middle-income countries. For this iteration of the workshop, we aim to explore the connection between global perspectives and local challenges in the context of employing machine learning to tackle climate change.“
A chunky list of papers from a workshop at one of the most important ML conferences.
Flowing Data keeps churning excellent material out of the American Community Survey, a part of their census.
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