Course Announcements (Wednesday 9/19)

Several announcements:
Please come to class having read Anderson’s Wired magazine article on the end of theory.

Tonight’s guest speaker will be Jake Hofman. Here’s Jake in his own words: “i’ve recently joined microsoft research in new york city, where my work in the area of computational social science involves applications of statistics and machine learning to large-scale social data. i was previously a member of the social dynamics group at yahoo! research. i received my ph.d. from columbia university’s physics department and am currently an adjunct professor in the applied math department. please see my resume for more project and background information.” Jake will be teaching Naive Bayes and Data Scraping.

Our more detailed grading policy can be found here. Please read it. This is modified from the version we discussed last week in class (during our simulated chaos) to allow for optional team-based homework submissions. You are expected to be familiar with it. Important for you to know today:
— Homework #1 is due today at 6pm. Email it to Ben. (See the grading policy for more details)
— Teamwork will be optional, but strongly encouraged on future assignments. We understand people have different reasons for taking the course.

A new homework assignment will be posted tonight.

Room situation: We are still in 503 Hamilton. The room seats 54 people, plus there are some extra chairs scattered around. We have 59 registered students. Our department administrators are still working hard to get us a bigger room. In addition to all the registered students, we have many auditors. We welcome auditors from the Columbia community because we know you can help inform our understanding of this interdisciplinary subject, and it’s nice you want to be with us! However I’d ask you to (1) please be considerate and leave the seats for the students who have registered and want to sit; and (2) officially audit/register through the registrar’s office.

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One comment

  1. Jake’s lecture reminded me of this article about spammers and why they might be interested in lowering their own number of false positives: http://research.microsoft.com/pubs/167719/whyfromnigeria.pdf

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