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Fact-Checking Can Reduce the Spread of Unreliable News. It Can Also Do the Opposite.

Moderators of r/worldnews on reddit worked with me to test an idea: what are the effects of encouraging fact-checking on the response and spread of unreliable news? On average, messages encouraging fact-checking caused a 2x reduction in the reddit score of tabloid submissions, which likely influenced reddit's rankings. [more inside]
posted by honest knave on Feb 1, 2017 - 3 comments

The Supreme Court Database

The Supreme Court Database is a comprehensive, Creative Commons-licensed database of the decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States, broken down by justices, issues, votes, and numerous other variables. Yesterday marked the newest release, including comprehensive coverage from 1791 through the recently concluded 2015 term. [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Jul 13, 2016 - 0 comments

#BusinessyBrunette: Lessons from Harvard Business School's HBX CORe

I'm currently taking Harvard Business School's HBX CORe, an online business fundamentals course that covers analytics, accounting, and economics. I'm writing up what I'm learning and making it accessible to non-MBA types. Topics covered include minimum wage, the math behind trendlines, and why the Spiders Georg meme is off, amongst others!
posted by divabat on Mar 6, 2016 - 2 comments

Vintage Visualizations

Once upon a time I liberated a bunch of fun post-Civil-War maps, charts and graphs for all to see. But now you can buy them! For your walls! Posters of ye olden days graphics on everything from consumption to population to religion to Germans and more. [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx on Sep 17, 2014 - 2 comments

BEDOPS

BEDOPS is a suite of tools to address common questions raised in genomic studies, mostly with regard to overlap and proximity relationships between data sets. BEDOPS aims to be scalable, flexible and performant, facilitating the efficient and accurate analysis and management of large-scale genomic data.
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Mar 27, 2012 - 2 comments

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