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Outlier Detection Gets a Makeover - Surprise Discovery in Scientific Big Data feature

  • Authors: Kirk Borne
  • Published Date: Sep 16, 2014

Novelty and surprise are two of the more exciting aspects of science – finding something totally new and unexpected can lead to a quick research paper, or it can make your career. As scientists, we...

A Day in the Life of Explanatory Variables and Confounding Factors feature

  • Authors: Kirk Borne
  • Published Date: May 06, 2015

Would we trust an insurance provider who sets motorbike insurance rates based on the sales of sour cream [1]? Or would we schedule our space launches according to the number of doctoral degrees...

Five Fundamental Concepts of Data Science feature

  • Authors: Kirk Borne
  • Published Date: Nov 11, 2013

Data Science is like…. How many times have you seen an article start this way? Now, you have just seen another one! But I want to avoid completing that sentence, and consequently I will skip...

Statistical Truisms in the Age of Big Data feature

  • Authors: Kirk Borne
  • Published Date: Jun 19, 2013

Does Big Data make Statistics obsolete? Of course not! But, many are now suggesting it (1). We address here some of the causes and consequences of this way of thinking. Specifically, we examine some...

Kurtosis: Four Momentous Uses for the Fourth Moment of Statistical Distributions feature

  • Authors: Kirk Borne
  • Published Date: Apr 04, 2014

We frequently see much mulling over mean, medians, and modes of statistical distributions, and lengthy discussions of variance and skew (including the now famous "long tail" [1], [2], [3]). What about...

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