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Exploring Berkeley IGS Poll Data in Python

Posted: Aug, 06, 2020

By: Patty Frontiera

Between April 16 and 20, 2020 the Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS), in conjunction with the California Institute of Health Equity and Action(Cal-IHEA), polled 8,800 registered voters about a variety of issues concerning the current state of politics and COVID-19. This was an unprecedented and urgently needed pulse-taking of the California populace during the pandemic.

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Silence is Violence

Posted: Jun, 04, 2020

By: Claudia von Vacano

Dear fellow scholars and community members,

We write this statement of solidarity, denouncing the murder of George Floyd in Minnesota and the ongoing oppression of Black Americans.

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Exploring Animal Crossing with Data Science

Posted: May, 18, 2020

By: Aniket Kesari

Like many people around the world, I have been spending the last few weeks at home pouring hours into Nintendo’s newest hit game, Animal Crossing: New Horizons. In what the New York Times describe as “The Game for the Coronavirus Moment,” players take up the role of a human who moves to a deserted island to start a new town alongside their anthropomorphic animal neighbors.

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Snippets of the COVID-19 Scenario in Africa

Posted: May, 11, 2020

By: Gift Kiti

State of play

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Data and Tools for Mapping COVID-19

Posted: Apr, 28, 2020

By: Patty Frontiera

Since the early days of the COVID-19 crisis (the past few months!), the spatial and temporal enormity of the situation has been tellingly conveyed in mapped data visualizations.

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Introducing the D-Lab Data Science Fellows

Posted: Apr, 21, 2020

By: Patty Frontiera

We like to say that the D-Lab is graduate student-driven because it is! By this we mean the majority of our staff are graduate students (although we are lucky to have some intrepid undergrads, well, amazing postdoctoral researchers, and faculty on our team as well.) In 2019 D-Lab introduced a new Data Science Fellows program as a way to include more graduate students in the D-Lab community.

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The pressure to be productive amidst reigning chaos

Posted: Apr, 14, 2020

By: Pelagie Elimbi ...

After more than two weeks following the shelter in place guidelines, I have developed some sort of a routine. That is the only way I can get myself to do any work. As a graduate student, I feel the pressure to be productive even in the middle of a pandemic. My most productive hours usually occur between 7am and 2pm. I have never tried to understand why that is the case. However, since being confined to my apartment, I have been unable to work at the same level of efficiency even during my golden hours.

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What to do about fairness in machine learning?

Posted: Apr, 07, 2020

By: Avery Richards

How many thousands of machine learning applications have been developed and gone to market in recent years? Feeding vast amounts of data into software to make decisions for us is a social paradigm the 21st century is embracing to the fullest.

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The surprising role of digital technology during the COVID-19 pandemic

Posted: Mar, 31, 2020

By: Dr. Caroline Fi...

Many of us were already using our phones for the majority of our waking hours, but during the current shelter-in-place-measures, digital technology has become more important than ever.

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Learning to code

Posted: Mar, 23, 2020

By: Emily Grabowski

When I was in college I took an introductory programming class and promptly forgot 95% of what I learned. Most of the topics of the homework or coding challenges involved in the class were on topics unrelated to my primary area of interest (language data) and the skills did not seem transferable. My research would never rely on animating a face, so how was it useful?

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