Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 10/20/2015

Harrisburg University plans summit on big data analytics | CPBJ “Keynote speakers will include James Pennebaker, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin who developed the LIWC text analysis program; and Bob Sutor, vice president for mobile, solutions and mathematical sciences at IBM Research.” tags: m harrisburg big…

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 10/07/2015

Bob Dylan’s new IBM ad: Some additional information, watch video here | Examiner.com “A new video advertisement featuring Bob Dylan and super computer IBM Watson premiered on IBM’s You Tube page early this afternoon. According to the description accompanying the ad, “IBM Watson analyzes Bob Dylan’s lyrics and shows that…

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General Reading for 10/05/2015

IBM Research Tech Talks – YouTube “In this series of talks, IBM scientists and engineers present their research in specific technical areas at a technical level suitable for graduate students and senior undergraduate students.” tags:bs ibm research tech talks youtube Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are…

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What I’m Reading on 04/03/2015

Swift Standard Library: Documented and undocumented built-in functions in the Swift standard library – the complete list with all 74 functions | practicalswift.com “This article lists all built-in Swift functions – both documented and undocumented ones. The definition used for “built-in function” used in this article is a function available…

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5 mistakes to avoid when creating a mobile app

Over the last several years, I’ve been deeply involved with IBM‘s Mobile efforts and now lead that technology area in IBM Research. In the last year we’ve held several hackathons and other events to get more and more people knowledgeable about how to create mobile apps. So with this experience…

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What I’m Reading on 07/13/2014

IBM News room – 2014-07-07 IBM Research Launches Project “Green Horizon” to Help China Deliver on Ambitious Energy and Environmental Goals – United States “Dubbed “Green Horizon”, the project sets out to leap beyond current global practices in three areas critical to China’s sustainable growth: air quality management, renewable energy…

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Virtual Life with Linux: Standalone OpenSim on Ubuntu 13.10

This post is a great example of why you should never say that you are starting a new series of blog entries. In February of 2010, I wrote a blog post called Virtual Life with Linux: Standalone opensim on Ubuntu 9.10 saying As a complement to my Life with Linux…

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My annotated programming language history

I’ve been coding, a.k.a programming, since I was 15 years old. Since then I’ve used many programming languages. Some of them have been for work, some have been for fun. I mean, really, who hasn’t done some programing while on vacation? Somewhat chronologically, here are many of the languages I’ve…

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What I’m Reading on 12/05/2013

Mashery Gets Into The Hackathon Business – ReadWrite “Mashery, which Intel acquired back in April, specializes in managing application programming interfaces, or APIs—bits of code that allow apps to communicate with cloud services and one another. Hacker League founder Mike Swift (aka Swift) announced the transaction in a round of…

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What I’m Reading on 10/24/2013

Japan Test-Fires ‘Space Cannon’ to Shoot Asteroid | Space.com “A “space cannon” scheduled to fire a metal bullet at an asteroid in 2018 has been successfully tested, according to press reports. A spokesman with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) told AFP that the Hayabusa2 project, set to carry the…

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My scale of cognitive computing

Last week I hosted a strategy session for my group at IBM Research and I used the following as a scale of how cognitive certain types of computing are: Bob’s Scale of Cognitive Computing Sentient “we can do without the humans” systems Learning, reasoning, inferencing systems Cognitive-enough systems Most analytics…

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What I’m Reading on 10/04/2013

UNIX tips: Learn 10 good UNIX usage habits “When you use a system often, you tend to fall into set usage patterns. Sometimes, you do not start the habit of doing things in the best possible way. Sometimes, you even pick up bad practices that lead to clutter and clumsiness.…

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What I’m Reading on 10/03/2013

IBM research stakes its future on cognitive computing | ZDNet “IBM began its colloquium on cognitive computing today with a jewel in the company’s crown. Senior Vice President John E. Kelly took the stage following a video from January 14th, 2011 – the day when IBM’s Watson machine handedly beat…

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General Reading for 08/05/2013

Quantum Machine Learning for Big Data “In a nutshell, Lloyd’s q-app (pronounced “quapp”) encodes Google-like queries with q-bits that enable quantum computers to not only perform real-time searches through even the most gigantic databases, but which also insures their absolute privacy, since attempts to eavesdrop on the query by the…

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What We Do When We Do Analytics Research

In May of 2013 I was asked to contribute an article to ProVISION, an IBM magazine published in Japan for current and potential customers and clients. That piece was translated into Japanese and published at the end of July. Below is the original article I wrote in English describing some…

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General Reading for 07/29/2013

Cognitive Computing and the Quest to Build a Silicon Brain | DiscoverMagazine.com “An engineer’s revolutionary new chip, inspired by how our own brains work, could turn computing on its head.” tags: ibm cognitive computing Systems That Perceive, Think, and Act “Technological advances are allowing scientists to begin building a cognitive…

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Workforce analytics announcement

Today my team at IBM Research, in collaboration with our software colleagues, announced that we’ll be offering to customers new analytics capabilities in the areas of employee retention and workforce sentiment. The main details are the press release and an entry I published over on the IBM Smarter Planet Blog.…

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Math and Analytics at IBM Research: 50+ Years

Soon after I arrived back in IBM Research last July after 13 years away in the Software Group and Corporate, I was shown a 2003 edition of the IBM Journal of Research and Development that was dedicated to the Mathematical Sciences group at 40. From that, I and others assumed…

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Social Media and the Professional: Facebook

In this series I’m looking at my experiences using social media as a business professional. In this entry I examine the rules and policies I personally use regarding Facebook. In the introduction to this series of blog entries, I asked several questions regarding my use of particular social media services,…

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Symbolic computation in the small: Math on mobile

What are the main considerations when designing a math system or library that can do symbolic computation on mobile devices? I’ve written several times about math apps on mobile devices but, inspired by a blog post by Ismael Ghalimi, I want to comment a bit about how one might do…

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Analytics: Interacting systems make things tricky

Every year around holiday times, millions of people take to the roads, the skies, and the rails to visit friends and families. Sometimes everything works perfectly: the traffic isn’t too heavy, there are no accidents, schedules are met, lines are short, and the weather cooperates. In my experience, that tends…

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Daily links for 08/29/2012

IBM’s new Kenya research lab: A stepping stone to African expansion | ZDNet “IBM‘s decision to locate its new research centre in Nairobi, Kenya gives yet another boost to the country’s status as an investment destination for foreign technology companies. The research lab will focus on both basic and applied research…

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Daily links for 02/16/2011

IBM and Jeopardy Watson on Jeopardy! Day Two: The Confusion over an Airport Clue | A Smarter Planet Blog “How could the machine have been so wrong? David Ferrucci, the manager of the Watson project at IBM Research, explained during a  viewing of the show on Monday morning that several…

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ApacheCon keynote presentation

Here are the slides I used today during my ApacheCon 2010 keynote. The presentation was called “Data, Languages, and Problems” with the abstract Much research work over the next decade will be driven by those seeking to solve complex problems employing the cloud, multicore processors, distributed data, business analytics, and…

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Daily links for 10/31/2010

Thorn “Thorn is a dynamically-typed concurrent language in which lightweight isolated processes communicate by message passing. Thorn includes powerful aggregate data types, a class-based object system, first-class functions, an expressive module system, and a variety of features supporting the gradual evolution of prototype scripts into robust programs. For an introduction…

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Math software in the age of the iPad and other tablets

Will the next generation of tablets lead to new and better user interfaces for mathematical software? Will this encourage the use of tablets in education? Back in the 80s and 90s I was a member of the Mathematical Sciences Department in IBM Research in Yorktown Heights, NY. Under the leadership…

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